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Alleppey

The picture on every postcard, the first image that pops up on a search engine for Gods Own Country, Alleppey is the hotbed for a huge network of backwater canals and those amazing houseboats. The ultimate tourist destination, Alleppey does tend to get rather crowded in season time with houseboat traffic causing lengthy queues along the waterways. With its fair share of some of Kerala's finest beaches, 'beach hopping' is one of the best ways to enjoy the shores here.

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Things to do

Shikara Ride Backwaters - There's nothing in the world to beat a boat ride on extensive backwaters beside quaint little villages in a 'shikara'. A smaller motorized boat, smaller than the huge houseboats that throng the backwaters at least, the shikara takes you on an easy slow cruise through God's own country.

Motor Boat ride at Vembanad - The backwaters of Alleppey are extensive and one needs a considerable amount of time to explore them. However, if you are running short of time and are a speed junkie then cruising in a motorboat around the backwaters of Kerala is something you'll enjoy.

Beach hopping Alleppey - Kerala has some of the finest beaches in India and the area around Alleppey houses a fair number of them. Owing to their close proximity to each other, 'beach hopping' is one of the best ways to enjoy these beaches.

Cycling tour along backwaters - This bicycle trip is a good way to experience the remnants of an urban-village life by the enthralling backwaters of Vayalar. Our lead instructor guides you through the narrow passages that run in parallel to the small backwater canals. Paddy fields and shrimp/fish farms dot the shoreline here as you make your way through the Vayalar village.

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  • The backwaters of Kerala draw a lot of attention, but just a few yards beyond them lie some of the most serene beaches of India. Every backwater trip here can be coupled with a visit to a beach. Begin your holiday from the backwater capital of Alleppey. Kayak the backwaters before going on a beach-hopping tour that end in the beautiful beach of Mararikulam.

    6 Days | INR 31,500 per person
  • A labyrinth of canals flanked by green banks, lagoons, and the backwaters, the Venice of the East alluresthe visitor with inimitable charm.

    5 Days | INR 24,228 per person
  • Just looking on from the shores at the Nehru Trophy Boat Race at the Punnamada Lake is thrills galore forthe exhilarating energy, rhythm and beats around you. Go on a kayaking tour or a canoe trip through the backwaters of Alleppey and drink in the emerald paddy fields.

    5 Days | INR 23,520 per person
  • While you take a stroll around the backwaters, keep keep a lookout for the varied avian species here. The Vembanad Wetlands is home to many migratory birds including the Siberian Crane.

    3 Days | INR 7,042 per person
  • Alleppey offers a glimpse into Keralan traditional dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniattam, and the solo performing art-formOttanthullal. The ChettikulangaraKumbhaBharani festival is a real visual treat. Cuisine you should not miss here includes the unique pearl-spotted fish preparations and the sacred, sweet milk porridge, the AmbalapuzhaPalpayasam.

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  • Watch simple rustic life amidst the greenest of paddy fields from the deck of a houseboat. Relax by the quiet,pristine beaches and watch the sun drown at the horizon.

    5 Days | INR 23,323 per person

Best time to visit September to March

For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.

Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.

Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.

Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.

How to reach

Air

  • Alappuzha also known as Alleppey itself does not have any Airport. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport (CIA) in Kochi which is 82.8 Kilometre from Alleppey. Cab and bus facilities are available at Cochin International Airport to reach Alleppey. Cochin International Airport is well connected to domestic as well as international destinations.

  • Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is another airport near Alleppey. It is 148 kilometre from Alleppey. The Four-hour drive from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Alleppey comes with some exceptional views of Kollam and Karunagappally.

Rail

  • The Alleppey Railway Station lies 4 km out of main city. You can take cab to reach main city. You will find many trains connecting Alleppey from major cities like Trivandrum, Cochin, Mumbai, Delhi and many more.

Road

  • You can take National Highway 47 which connect Alleppey to major destination like Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanniyakumari, Coitambore and many more. Alleppey has a good road connectivity making it accessible from any major destination.

Blogs

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    Kerala Food: God's Own Cuisine

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    Chasing your first monsoon in Kerala

    Chasing the monsoon for the first time can be one of your most revered and surprising experiences because most travelers actually do not know what to expect from such a sojourn. So for starters, ho...

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    Alleppey - Beaches, Backwaters and Houseboats

    The picture on every postcard, the first image that pops up on a search engine for Gods Own Country, Alleppey is the hotbed for a huge network of backwater canals and those amazing houseboats. The ...

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