Alleppey or Alapuzha is a city on 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. Alleppey or Alappuzha is commonly known as the “Venice of the East”. Blessed with a wide number of waterways, lagoons, lakes and canals Alleppey is an aquatic paradise within the folds of Gods own country. It is an important tourist destination in India. The Backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala.
How to Reach Alleppey :
Air : The Cochin International Airport, located around 78 km away, is the nearest airport to Alleppey. Since regular flights operate from this airport, one does not find any difficulty to reach Alleppey.
Road : The National Highway 66 passes through the city, connecting it to other major cities like Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kollam and Trivandrum via state run KSRTC buses. Luxury air-conditioned buses operate from Chennai, Mysore, Bangalore and Coimbatore to Alleppey.
Rail : The Alleppey Railway Station is located about 4 km away from the city centre and connects Alleppey to other major cities like Trivandrum, Cochin, Vellore, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. From the railway station, you can take a bus, hire a taxi or get in an auto-rickshaw to reach the main city.
A backwater cruise on Alleppey houseboats allows you to see the scenic man-made islands and beautiful sights of coconut fringed backwaters and paddy fields. These Alleppey houseboats are luxuriously equipped with all of the modern amenities you would need. Crusing in Alleppey houseboats is a captivating experience. Floating on serene backwaters, passing through bent mangroves and beautiful sceneries, with wafting aroma of coconuts beautiful sceneries is nothing short of a dream escape.
Overnight cruise schedule in a Alleppey houseboat : On your arrival day, the cruise begins at 11.30 am at Alleppey jetty and moves to different location from Alleppey lake through the Punnamada lake (Venue of the most famous Nehru trophy Boat race), and and moves to village areas in and around through Vembanad lake, Marthandam kayal, R block, C block ( this is a man-made paddy field below sea level ), Vattakalayal etc. During the cruising you can see many villages, paddy fields, churches etc and enjoy the real village life and this is the best way to experience Kerala beauty through the backwaters, lakes and lagoons.This core backwater area is rich in natural beauty with enchanting greenery all around the backwaters. Will have lunch in the houseboat itself and will anchor around 5.30 PM for night stay. Either you can stay back at Houseboat and can have walk in and around village areas and will have dinner around 8.30 pm in the houseboat. On next day, by 8 AM we starts cruising and will have Breakfast in the houseboat and drop you back at Alleppey jetty by 9.00 AM.
Alleppey houseboats is all about earthy aromas and the cool breeze are perfect feel-good elements for any given day. Occasional rainfalls create an aura of coziness and fuzziness. Moonlit nights create the perfect atmosphere for star gazing. With so much leisure promised, houseboats in Alleppey are for those who love nature.
Following are the details of attractions in and around Alleppey which you can consider while coming to Alleppey :
Alleppey Beach : Alappuzha beach is one of the major tourist spot in Alappuzha town. Alleppey beach is at a distance of 15 min (5.3 km) from Alleppey Houseboat Boarding Point.
Light House : Alleppey Light House is located near to Alleppey Beach. It was constructed in 1862. Visitors are allowed on all weekdays at an admission fee of INR 10.
Revi Karunakaran Museum : The Revi Karuna Karan Memorial Museum in Alappuzha town is a must visit for travellers visiting Alleppey. This is one of the largest Private Museum in Kerala. 11 min (3.6 km) from Punnamada.
Marari Beach : Marari beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Kerala. Marari beach is at a distance of 31 min (16.5 km)from Alleppey Houseboat Boarding Point. Wide variety of accomodation options are available at Marari.
Ambalappuzha Temple : The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built during 15th – 17th AD. Located at a distance of 37 min (17.3 km) from Alleppey Houseboats Boarding point.
Kuttanad :The region has the lowest altitude in India, and is one of the few places in the world where farming is carried around 1.2 to 3.0 metres below sea level. Alleppey houseboats cruises through Kuttanad.