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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Prakyath kv

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  • Prakyath kv
  • 2 Reviews
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"Serenity" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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 Gandhinagar
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"Unique destination" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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"Awesome location" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • 4 Reviews
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"Calm and realx place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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Animesh ganguly

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"Back Waters" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
An excellent place to visit in winter. Spend a day in the houseboat and purchase good fish and get it cooked by the boatman. Enjoy the sail and beauty of Kerala. Beware of mosquitoes and take adequate precaution. At night the ACs are switched ON and as a result you can have a nice sleep. Plan on taking a Kerala massage when the boat anchors. Highly recommended trip.
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"Alleppey Backwaters: The Kettuvallam Sojourn"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Experiencing the Kerala Backwaters was always on my bucket list and finally I have ticked it off Alappuzha or Alleppey, also known as the Venice of the East, is the main hub for houseboats.

We reached the boarding point on time and were quickly escorted to our houseboat. The sight at the dock is pretty interesting with many houseboats nestled close, side by side as well as one behind the other. Since our houseboat was harbored behind another one, we had to go through it to reach ours. We were asked to remove our footwear while crossing the other houseboat and same rule was extended on our houseboat as well which after sometime was relaxed Once on board we got busy exploring our Kettuvallam (local name for it) and our journey had begun.

Now a little about the houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, meaning with knots'. They are still built on the basis of ancient principles and techniques. The materials used are Anjili or Jackwood (endemic to the Western Ghats), coir ropes to tie and tighten, thatched roof, wooden hulls, bamboo poles, coconut fibre and very importantly, no nails! At one time it was an important mode of transportation in coastal Kerala because it eased the accessibility of even the most remote areas. In general, a houseboat is about 65 - 100 feet in length and has a width of around 13 - 18 feet in the middle.

For me whats important is the fact that I am travelling, experiencing a new place and getting to fulfill my passion for photography. So most of the trip I was glued on the upper deck soaking in the water jam (so many houseboats plying together), the beautiful nature around (landscape, birds), laid back life along the backwater, waving back to the passers by and breathing in the fresh air. On and off we came across snack sellers on their small boat.

An interesting to-do is watching the simple village life as you pass them. Small boats parked outside houses, net enclosures, fishing nets, village folks ferrying on water on boats, people fishing and carrying out their day to day activities etc

The boat gets harbored at a regular spot for lunch and then finally for the day, at a village. During winters it tends to get dark early so you should request the steersman to call it a day when there's still light so that you can spend some time exploring the village and in some cases visit the Alleppey beach (like in the Alleppey-Alleppey route)!

You will get to witness some beautiful sunset as well as sunrise on this ride. We were unlucky with the sunrise as the skies were cloudy and the sun just a haze but managed to capture some pink hued sunset

You can opt for the route as per your itinerary and budget. The route comprises of narrow & wide canals and also intersection of multiple canals. We had opted for overnight stay, though, my individual preference and suggestion is to opt for Alleppey to Kumarakom or vice versa!

Basis trip type there are houseboats with decks only (used for day trips) and with rooms (overnight stay). The latter is further segregated basis construction type, number of rooms, AC facility (centralized, only rooms - full day, only room - at night only) and category with star rating (deluxe, premium, luxury).

In the overnight stay, the package includes lunch, evening tea with snacks, dinner and breakfast (both vegetarian and non vegetarian options are available). The food is freshly cooked in traditional Kuttanadu or Kerala style. The cuisine is a delight for seafood lovers and many houseboats let you catch some fresh fish for cooking For those who are not experimental with cuisine, do not like coconut based cooking or would like their own menu, please do inform the houseboat provider much before time so that the staff / cook are prepared accordingly.

At the cost of being repetitive, please insist on a detailed itinerary/route and ask for other viable options; check the menu and suggest changes if you want; check their look & feel through their website, reviews, photos and also be prepared to shell out more in some instances.
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
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"Best experience ever to live in houseboat!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you ever visit Alleppey then you must live in houseboat. Just book a houseboat for a day or two & live there. There are different kind of houseboats. We booked that included 1 cook, 1 driver for one day & night. In Eve around 5, the boat was stopped and was connected to TV, we had dinner and went to sleep. Other day in morning boat started, served us breakfast and we reached at our destination. Great experience to live & enjoy in backwaters of Kerala.
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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Alappuzha"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Alappuzha is famous for boathouse stay. A big Vembanad backwater lake across with greenery on both sides is what it is. The boathouse stay for honeymoon couple may sound good and ideal for two days, but for family with kids or adults otherwise it's quite boring rather, just few hours of travel on lake is fine, overnight stay is very boring, just staring at dark and water. Food is given inside the boathouse freshly cooked for lunch, dinner and next day breakfast. TV is also there. After 5 pm they anchor boathouse on side of lake and there is nothing but only TV is left to entertain, some boathouse don't have dish antenna, so they may give some movie CDs. Kids will get bored soon. My suggestion is just to and fro on lake for few hours is good, staying is too boring, maybe honeymooners prefer but not worth stay for others.
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Tushar Tewari

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"Kerala alleppey"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Travel with houseboat and stay at over night in boat in the backwater river very adventure to me in first time in my life. I enjoyed it very much and remember it along time. At evening at boat house the mosquito bite is also remember me. And the noise of water and shaking of boat is also adventure to me.
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"Trip to Gods own country"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2016
Was a wonderful experience going to this wonderdul place. The tripe was arranged so well that we enjoy the fullest. Thanka for giving the wonderful memories. We look forward for many more trips in the coming years ... People are always worried about the stay and travel when you look forward for a vacation. When someone guides ans does that for us ... Who will not love to go for !!
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