Alappuzha (Alleppey) Tourism
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Alappuzha (Alleppey) Tourism

Alappuzha (Alleppey) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • Altitude: 1 m
  • Pincode: 688001
  • District: Alappuzha
  • Language: Malayalam
  • STD code: 0477
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 32°C, Winter 23 to 31°C

History of Alleppey

Present day Alleppey formerly known as Alluppuza owes its existence to Raja Keshavdas, a Diwan of Travancore who built the current densely populated city in 1762. He was the backbone in building the rich cultural and commercial system. Alleppey is a district rich in its own culture and a rich commercial hub that offers some of the greatest travel experiences for its guests. The beautiful travel destination of Kerala is fondly called the “Venice of the East”. Choose an Alleppey tour to experience some of the best picturesque locales, authentic local cuisine and to have a great shopping experience.

People and Culture of Alleppey

The people of Alleppey are very jovial and multi-cultured who are close to nature and follow a simple and peaceful life. Mostly the religion followed here are Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Apart from all the religious festivities, people from all cultures and religions enjoy and be a part of the famous boat races during the Onam festival.

Things to do in Alleppey

If travelling to Kerala is on the cards for a vacation, then there are quite a few interesting things to do in Alleppey and many historical places to visit. You can be a spectator at the fair and festivals of Alleppey. A splendid night cruise on the serene lush backwaters of Alleppey can be a mesmerising experience and is a good option for sightseeing in Alleppey.

Some of the interesting places to visit in Alleppey are Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Alleppey Beach, Kayamkulam Lake and Krishnapuram Palace. Kerala is well known for its Ayurvedic massage centres that provide massage and spa facilities to help you relax and unwind while you explore the places to see in Alleppey. You can easily find a hotel near the Alleppey tourist places to conveniently move around the city. Other Alleppey attractions include the fairs and festivals and the famous boat race.

Apart from local Alleppey sightseeing, you can also enjoy the cultural side of Alleppey at the local art and culture theatre of performing arts where the Mohiniattam and Kathakkali are performed.

Food and shopping in Alleppey

To get your taste buds tickling to the authentic Alleppey cuisine head to the local market where you can find some authentic Kerala fish curry and Biryani. If street food is not your cup of tea then consider heading to the Homestay near popular Alleppey places to visit that serve authentic Alleppey food. Various local bakeries on Mullakal road offer delicious cakes, pastries and puffs.

Shopping options at Alleppey include shopping for dried variety of fish, sea shell articles, coir products, handbags, wall hangings, blinds and curtains, canned seafood, hammocks, cushions, spices like cardamom, pepper, silk and local art and craft exhibits. These things are available at the local market and at the coir emporium. All local shops at the Mullakal Street offer a wide variety of souvenirs to pick from.

Accommodation in Alleppey

If you are wondering how to reach Alleppey, you can opt for a flight, train, bus or car, all available within the desired budget. Accommodation in Alleppey are available according to the requirements of the traveller and also to suit each budget. The travellers can choose from a wide range of budget hotels, home-stays like the Venice Castle home stay, luxury hotels and resorts like the World Backwaters lake resorts.


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Kiran B kutinha

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  • Kiran B kutinha
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 22 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"God's own country is gorgeous indeed" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If beauty could be felt and experienced, then we just did that at our trip to Alleppey. The stunning and picturesque environment we were a part of simply seemed waiting to seduce my lens into an almost visual orgasmic experience.
We stayed at a houseboat and then toured the city for a day. Alleppey is stunning to say the least and yes the backwaters are every bit, beautiful as you see in the many photographs on the internet.
Some tips from me:
1. Carry light weight, cotton breathable clothing.
2. Plenty of water as the humidity can get to you.
3. Book your house boat with a responsible company and ensure you establish periodical connect before going.
4. Carry some board games and other entertainment devices to keep you from getting bored once onboard (you'll thank you especially when you don't know how else to spend your evenings/night).
5. Carry you camera and go crazy clicking all those gorgeous pictures.
And yes, just have a fantastic time!
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Sheena Benedicta

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  • Sheena Benedicta
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 14 Reviews
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"Get the House Boat Experience!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Yes, so when we did Alleppey, we chose to do it in style- in a house boat and we do not regret it one bit. Right from the time we actually stepped on board the house boat, we were in for a pleasant experience. It was our first time on one and perhaps that is why our excitement was palpable.
We stayed with family on a 3 bedroom private house boat. These boats are huge, it comes with a common lounge room on the lower and upper decks, a dining area and the bedrooms with attached bathrooms. You will be given a captain, a steward who also doubled as our chef (yes, maybe some other boats have more hands on deck though. We bought fresh seafood from the little markets, our boat anchored at, ate some delicious Keralite styled food and truly spent a relaxed time watching the sun set while our boat moved gracefully over the crimson colored waters.
There isn't much to do on the boat but it is a great way to spend some quality time with family; we played cards, dumb charades and just chatted all night long so yes it was fun. I'd say 2 nights will suffice, but who knows you may love it enough to want to stay longer. So go ahead and book that house boat today because it is TOTALLY worth it!
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Vinit Singh

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  • Vinit Singh
  • Lives in Gumla
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Stay in a house boat, toy ally new experance." new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
You must try staying in a house boat in Kerala. It's a very different and unique feeling you have. The food in the house boat is amazing. It could have been better if there was lesser crowd on the water. When you are sealing in water you see lots of other boats along with you. Which I feel doesn't give you the feeling of doing anything unique. But over all had nice time
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Vikash Agarwal

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  • Vikash Agarwal
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Best India backwater city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is the best backwater city in India. You have visit anywhere through boat. House boat and shikara ride is very good. Always stay neat to backwater specially near to finishing point. There is also beautiful Allepey and Marai beach. Water of this beach is very clean and good for Bath.
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Sangharsh Singh

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  • Sangharsh Singh
  • Lives in Raipur
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"Alleppey boat house"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We travelled in the month of February. Booked a 3 bhk house boat @14000/single day night. It was a good stay but not worth for your money food is average but not too good .. So I wll advise you to not take boat house jus take a little ride in there village with small motor boat it cost rs2000 for 1. 5 hours ride .. The boat house is good but the water inside for bathing because its too dirty .. The staff in the boat wll not allow you to sit in the hall after 10pm. They wll force you to go inside the room .. Please don't ask for nonveg because they wll provide very small quantity .. One important thing they wll park boat in the evening but not in middle of water but in the parking area ..
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Santosh sharma

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  • Santosh sharma
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"Best place to enjoy boating"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of the best thing only in Alleppey house boating, I enjoyed there in boating. One day trip is good in Alleppey and nothing else. Language problem is so much, local people can't understand English or Hindi. Never I want to come to Alleppey or south only waste of money.
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Prakyath kv

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  • Prakyath kv
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"Serenity"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is the best place for a romantic couples! Right from the beginning till the end, they took care of everything. It's a heavenly ride especially in the morning and evening during the sunset. I highly recommend everyone to experience once! The only drawback is the water is which is too salty, rest calm peace and enjoy the nature with your loved one! :)
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Unique destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is very unique as per his boat house things. But first and fore most thing I would like to say you that is foul smell you have as soon as you get out of car of collection of water, and as I take tour of local area they were using that collected water for bathing, washing and I don't know about their sanitary facilities so that was very unhygienic conditions.

Boat house were also costly like 1 bed boat for 1000 and then 2000 for each bed room, so I think we cannot spend 1000 for one night in foul smelling water so better think about living in 5 star hotel and have local boat ride.
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Syed ajaz ahmed khadir

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  • Syed ajaz ahmed khadir
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"Awesome location"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Excellent destination for holiday !! It's totally filled with greenary with nice weather, but little humid in the day chilly in the nights. Food very tasty and the beaches are excellent with nice weather. Reasonable hotels or home stays in and around the city. Boathouse ride in the backwaters is awesome with greenary around you !!!
Altogether awesome place
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Devashish Chirde

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  • Devashish Chirde
  • Lives in Warora
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"Calm and realx place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Very good place. The main attraction is houseboat in backwater. We don't stay in houseboat for whole night but on our boat for 4 hours and it was really amazing experience. You will forget yourself in the beauty of backwater. Our boat is also good. Another location we visit is beach.
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