Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzah or Alleppey is embraced by the Arabian Sea. The waters of the Arabian Sea break every moment on the shores of this spectacular beach. The network of canals in Alappuzah is the lifeline of the place. If you are planning to spend your vacation in the backwaters of Kerala, there is no better place than this. The canals are fringed with palms.

Situated between the Arabian Sea and the many rivers that flow into it, Alappuzah was named Venice of the East. After Lord Curzon toured this place he was mesmerized with the beauty and gave the title.

The most interesting aspect of Alappuzah is the pier that is 140 years and more old and stretches right into the sea. There is a beautiful garden on the shore which is one of the main attractions. Just opposite to the palm groves is the lighthouse.

Laze around and relax at the beautifulAlleppey Beach, which is an ideal for laidback vacation. From the seashore, you can also make a short excursion to theSreekrishna Temple. Pay your obeisance at the temple and taste the famous Palpayasam- milk porridge that is offered to the deity.

For a unique experience, just hire a Kettuvalam (houseboat) and hit theBackwaters of Alappuzha. Feel your heart soaring in sheer happiness as the houseboat charts it's way through the palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields as the birds make mellifluous music.

Other attractions of Alappuzha include theVillage of Karumadikkuttanthat boasts of a 10th century black granite statue of Lord Buddha. Also visit the waterlogged village ofChampakulamthat is home to theSt. Mary Forane Churchthat is famous for its beautiful mural paintings as well as the oldest angadi (market) known asKalloorkkadu Angadi.Krishnapuram Palace,Ambalapuzha TempleandAruthunkalare the other places of interest in Alappuzha.

The Best Time To Visit Alappuzah

The best time to visit Alappuzah is during the months of August to March.

Alappuzhah Accomodations

Alappuzah Hotels

There are many hotels and resorts in Alappuzah. There are star rated hotels where you can put up. The names of the hotels in Alappuzha include the following :

  • Alleppey Prince Hotel
  • Alleppey Royal Park Hotel
  • Hotel Arcadia Regency
  • Hotel Silver Sands Residency
  • Picasso Castle

There are other forms of accommodation available at Alappuzah too. These include the following :

Alappuzah Resorts

The names of few of the resorts in Alappuzah are as follows :

  • Abad Turtle Beach Marari
  • Ilona Lake Resort
  • Lake Palace Resort
  • Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort
  • Pristine Isle Resorts
  • Punnamada Resort

Homestays In Alappuzah

If you are interested in Homestays in Alappuzah, you can try out the following :

  • Beach Bunglow Alleppey
  • Cherukara Nest
  • Kuttanadu Riverside
  • Tharavad Heritage Home
  • Vembanad House
  • White Sand Alleppey Beach Resort

Important Information For Tourists

If you are traveling to India to visit Alappuzah, you can reach any of the important places that are close to Alappuzah. For instance, the distance of Alappuzah from few important cities are mentioned below :

  • It is at a distance of 738 km from Chennai.
  • Bangalore is at a distance of 629 km.
  • Alappuzah is at a distance of 247 km from Kanyakumari.
  • Thrissur is 144 km away from Alappuzah
  • Trivandrum is at a distance of 159 km from Alappuzah, former Alleppey.

Reaching Alappuzah

  • You can Land at Cochin Airport which is the closest airport to Alappuzah. From there you can avail a cab and drive down to the hotel you have decided to put up at Alappuzah.
  • You can also reach Alappuzah by Rail and it is connected with important cities in India like Bokaro, Cochin, Bangalore,?Kolkata etc.
  • If you are taking the Road, you can drive on NH 47.
  • Ferries ply between different places. All you need to do is find out the timings when the ferries leave and arrive at Alappuzah.

The various other Tourist Destinations in Kerala are:

To know more about Kerala, please click on one of the given links below :

Kerala Travel Guide Fairs and Festivals in Kerala
Folk Dances and Music of Kerala Kerala Backwaters
Hill Stations in Kerala Kerala Wildlife Sanctuaries
Kerala Beaches Kerala Map
Kerala Pilgrim Centers

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