Alappuzha (or Alleppey)
Alleppey is a city across the Laccadive Sea in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons. Alappuzha Beach is the site of the 19th-century Alappuzha Lighthouse. The city's Mullakkal Temple features a traditional design. Punnamada Lake's snake boat races are a well-known annual event.
Best Time to reach Alleppey:
While the city experiences a good footfall of tourists throughout the year, winter season in Alleppey, which lasts from November to February is considered to be an ideal duration. Moreover, it also the best time to visit Alleppey for houseboating.
Ways to reach Alleppey:
- By air: There is no airport in Alleppey, and the nearest one is the Cochin International Airport, which is 75 km away from Alleppey. The airport is well connected to major cities across India as well as the world, offering flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok and many more destinations. From right outside the airport, you can hire taxis or get on a bus to reach the backwaters.
- By rail: If you are planning to reach Alleppey by train, then the Alleppey Railway Station is your best option. The railway station is located in the heart of the city and offers connections to various cities across the country such as Trivandrum, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Cochin. Buses, taxis, and auto rickshaws are readily available outside the railway station to take you to the backwaters.
- By bus: There are several private and state-owned buses which ply regularly from major cities like Cochin, Kozhikode, Chennai, Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Mysore and Bangalore.
- By Road: The roads to Alleppey, especially from Kochi and Kumarakom, are well maintained and well connected to other cities of the state. If you have hired a taxi or are planning to drive to Alleppey by yourself, it is a good idea. The road is mostly well-built and offers scenic views. You can stop on the way to Alleppey for snacks and meals and for some much-needed break from driving.
Places to stay:
Houseboats provide an overnight stay and cruise in Alleppey backwaters. Rooms are often small with a double bed and an attached bathroom. There are one captain and a personal cook available in the houseboat for your whole stay. The significant difference in their deluxe or super deluxe packages is the AC timings. AC is usually available from 9 pm to 6 am when they park the houseboats, while you can use AC whenever you want in super deluxe.
Alleppey is known for its wellness therapies, which include Ayurvedic massages and spas. Many Ayurvedic resorts that have mushroomed in and around Alleppey use herbal medicinal ingredients. A day at one of these spas works like magic on your body and spirit, ridding you of tension and negative energy. Some of the hotels to check-out are-
- Hotel Picasso Castle
- Abad Turtle Beach Resort
- Erathra Homestay
- Wind n Waves
- Hotel Royale Park
- Riviera Residence Bed and Breakfast
- Lake Palace Resort
Some of the festivals celebrated here are-
- Ambalappuzha Kalabha mahotsavam in January
- .Chetikulangara Bharani in Feb
- .Edathva church festival in May
- Onam in September and
- .Chirappu at mullackal in December
Places to see:
Some of the must-see places in Alleppey are-
- Krishnendu Ayurvedic Wellness Centre
- Venice of East tours
- Sree Nagaraja Temple
- Padanilam Parabrahma Temple
Places to eat:
Being a small town in rural Kerala, there isn’t much of a nightlife here. The bars and pubs, few as they are, are located right on the edge of the city and don’t offer much in the way of excitement. There are several restaurants in the city centre if you are hankering for a taste of local delicacies other than what is available at the houseboat.
One of the best-known facts about Alleppey is that it offers some of the best seafood in the state. Starting from fishes of several varieties to crabs, octopuses, mussels and a lot more, you name it, and Kerala has it. Alleppey is an excellent place for seafood aficionados.
Some of the best food joints are-
- Hassan’s Restaurant
- Chakara Restaurant
- Halai’s Fried Chicken
- Himalaya Bakery
Alleppey is famous for its coir products, made from the fibres of coconut husks. Carpets are also pretty well-known, and if you have can transport one home then make sure to buy one. You can also shop for the freshest spices at the local markets.
- Carry ample water with you. You may get dehydrated with all the walking.
- Drink coconut water whenever possible. You get some of the most tender coconuts here.
- Keep change handy as many local shops would not accept credit/debit cards here.
- Check out the sea food here. It is one of a kind.
Festival Calendar of Alleppey
|Jan||"1.Festival at Nagyar kulangara temple|
2.Ambalappuzha Kalabha mahotsavam
3.Festival at Thalavadi temple"
|Feb||"1.Festival at Vaikom temple|
3.Festival at thondankulangara"
|Mar||"1.Festival Ambalapuzha temple|
|Apr||"1.Festival Ambalapuzha temple|
2.Festival Kottan kulangara temple
3.Festival Pallipurathu kavu temple
|May||"1.Edathva church festival|
2.Mango season starts
|July||1.Champakkulam boat race|
|Aug||1.Nehru trophy boat race|
|Oct||"1.Festival at Mannarasala temple|
2.Festival Kalarkode temple
|Nov||"1.Festival at chakkulathu kavu|
2.Vaikom temple Ashtami
|Dec||1.Chirappu at mullackal|