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Can't Make it to Venice? No Worries, We've Got an Awesome Indian Alternative!

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Set around a grid of canals that form the watery highway of the small city, Venice- like Alappuzha (Alleppey) is the hub of Kerala's backwaters. Alappuzha is like a buffet of everything good, there’s something for all types of travellers.

Can't Make it to Venice? No Worries, We've Got an Awesome Indian Alternative!:

  1. Kovalam (Kerala)
  2. Alappuzha (Alleppey) (Kerala)

1. For The Peaceful Beaches

For The Peaceful Beachessource: wikimedia.org

With beaches like Alleppey beach, Kovalam and Varkala just around the corners, Alappuzha is a beach bum dream destination. The beaches are bedecked with scenic landscapes, lovely palms trees, coconut groves, lagoons, and sheltered coves. Most of the beaches are relatively untouched and thus less crowded. 

Shivam Doshi shares: “Kovalam is going to be one of the most beautiful beaches you have ever been in your life. The clear water, the calm waves and the evening light make up for the perfect combination a beach lover could ask for. Kovalam has a narrow street running parallel to the two beaches(Hawa beach and lighthouse beach). A major attraction here is the lighthouse from where you can get an amazing panoramic view.”

Sangeeta Suresh from Coimbatore talks about her relaxing stay at Nirmaaya Surya Samudra. She says: “Right on the beach perched on rocks and under the palms and other shade trees. Delectable cuisine and very attentive staff. The cottages were world class and would be the envy of any of the best hotels in the world. Serene and quiet ambiance and walking under the gravelly footpaths for relaxation and the ayurvedic body massage was out of the world.”

2. For the Experience of Floating across the Backwaters on A Houseboat

For the Experience of Floating across the Backwaters on A Houseboatsource: igadgetbazaar.com

The houseboat ride across the backwaters of Alleppey is a divine experience with a certain feeling of being one with the nature. Clearly called the Venice of the East, the houseboats takes you through the narrow canals where you find small villages located on the banks. With all the necessary amenities aboard, one can indeed sail without any worries in the world.

Omi Arora chats about her houseboat stay on JCT Houseboat. She says: “I never expected the experience would be so unforgettable. In fact we never wanted to go back. Cruising in a houseboat in Alleppey backwaters in itself is a great experience. I strongly believe JCT made it even better. Talking about the house boat, staff were really good which is imperative as they are your only companions amidst the waters. Food they served was delicious, it was a mix of North Indian and authentic Kerala food. ”

3. For the Art and Culture

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The art and culture of Alleppey is truly incredible, making it a heaven for dance, drama and music lovers. All in all the  people of Alleppey are very multicultural and close to nature. The locals lead a very simple and happy life here! 

Harish P from Madanapalle shares: “Alappuzha is the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, on the every year, second Saturday in August. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India. The Mullackal chiraq is also one of the beauty of Alleppey which is the festive season for ten colourful days every year December.”

Parag Ratnakar stayed at the Punnamada Backwater Resort during his stay in Alleppey. He says: “No words to describe this place. It's a real heaven. Place, ambience, courteous staff, amenities, facilities, you ask for it and it's all there. We stayed for three days but I feel it should have been more. Boat ride, Ayurveda centre, swimming pool we enjoyed everything to max. Food is just awesome. If you are looking for authentic Kerala experience then this is the place.”

4. For Authentic South Indian Cuisines

For Authentic South Indian Cuisinessource: tourstokerala.org

The backwaters of Alleppey with palm braid canals winding through the wide expanse of paddy fields have a surprisingly savory palette of food items which are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Since it is a coastal town there is abundance of seafood like Prawns, Squids and Shrimps; these delicacies are cooked in the local style with just a hint of coconut.

Durgesh from Mumbai enjoyed his stay at the Alleppey Crystal Holidays Houseboat. He says: “Houseboat ride in Alleppey was one of the mesmerizing moment of my Kerala trip. Me and my wife enjoyed it a lot. It feels like we are in God's own country. The houseboat was amazing, food was delicious.”

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