Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always basked a major place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a landmark between a network of rivers flowing into it and the Arabian Sea. Tourists visit here to hangout and relax as it has tremendous and tempting natural beauty all around. This place has huge network of freshwater rivers, meandering lakes, and lagoons. One can try adventurous activities at the beach like boating, or enjoy at children's park with toy bicycles or trains. Hallowed with natures green beauty and scenery, Alappuzha is a wonderland of Kerala state.
Alappuzha beach is a famous picnic spot and so it's a favorite gateway for locals. Amusement amenities at the Vijaya Beach Park add charm to the beach. It houses the popular ancient pier that is approx.140 years old. Also, you can find an old lighthouse nearby Alappuzha beach which is very bewitching to visitors. This beach is also popular for the grand event of Nehru Trophy Boat Race that takes place every year in the month of August. It's a very big event and large number of tourist flock this place on this very day.
In addition to this, there are some historic remnants that add colonial atmosphere to the entire area. No doubt, holidaying in Alappuzha has become a synonym of Kerala tourism. Vacationing over here is a bubbly event and it's all because of the rich blend of the Sea and Sun.
When you are in Alappuzha, the first thing to do is go on a backwater cruise as it gives a wonderful experience to cherish forever. A cruise on the serene waters of Alappuzha backwaters is the perfect way to explore the Kerala countryside. Including this, there are also some other popular things to do during your visit.
Here it goes:
Water Sports: After exploring the Alappuzha beach, you may enjoy some thrilling activities on emerald backwaters. Visitors are free to choose and indulge in their favorite beach activities like surfing, swimming, parasailing, boat races, etc. There are many aqua-sport equipments like high-speed boats, water scooters, etc., which you can try and have fun on the beach. This beach is quite popular for houseboat holidays, coir industry and marine products. Alappuzha is mostly popular for the Snake Boat Races that held every year during Onam Festival. A large number of people crowd at this place to witness this race.
Leisure Activities: If you want something else, then you can also play volleyball or build a sand castle. Above all, you can also spend some quality time in the yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation centers near Alappuzha. However, holidaying on the beaches of Kerala and that too at Alappuzha can be a great fun for anyone. So, experience the mouthwatering sea food and enjoy a fine dining on the scenic river front.
Shopping in Alappuzha: Mullakkal Street, the top shopping district of Alleppey has various shops where buyers can choose souvenirs. You can get all kinds of goods in this place like spices, rugs, bags, etc.
Dining Out in Alappuzha : If you want to eat out here then you may try yummy sea food which is quite popular here. You may satisfy your hunger pangs at the outlets of 'KreamKorner', which offers North Indian cuisines along with tandoori dishes. Visit any of the KreamKorner outlets, situated at Cullan or Mullackal Roads. Enjoy some delicious briyani at 'Halai's Fried Chicken', which is a pleasure for non-vegetarians. If you want to enjoy real local cuisine, you may visit 'Chakara Restaurant', a perfect place to enjoy a drink or two and relish the popular Alleppey fish curry.
If you like to have European cuisines, 'Dreamers at Beach Front' is the best option that offers tasty European dishes. To enjoy Indian, Chinese and European dishes, visit 'Harbour Restaurant' at Beach Road, where you can spend a peaceful evening with your family or friends. Other options to eat out are like Vembanad Restaurant at the Alleppey Prince Hotel and Premier Bakery.
Alappuzha Beach is a beautiful place, which has always savored an unparalleled place in the marine history of Kerala. Today, Alappuzha has become a major backwater tourist centre, captivating thousands of tourists round the year. There are plenty of tourist attractions in and around the Alappuzha, where you may go and spend some time with your friends.
Some of the popular attractions are:
Krishnapuram Palace- Located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha, it's a beautiful place that includes architecture–gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. Inside this palace, you'll find a museum of paintings, bronzes and antique carvings.
Vijaya Beach Park- A perfect picnic spot with children's park where one can get boating facilities and swimming pool for swimming.
Pathiramanal Island- Lies between Kumarakom and Thaneermukkom, it's a little island on the backwaters and a perfect haunt of thousands of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.
Kuttanad- Known as the rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad is the only area where farming is done below sea level. The striking feature of this area is its inland waterways that flow above sea level.
Karumadi- Located at the distance of 3 km towards the easy of Alappuzha, this place has a statue of Buddha called Karumadikuttan, which is a major attraction of tourists.
Ambalappuzha Sreekrishna Temple- Thousands of devotees crowd this place during the annual festival that falls every year in the month of April.
Other must-see places around Alleppey are Chambakulam Church, Chambakulam Local Market, QST & R Block Kayal, Mahavishnu temple, Mannarsala, Subrahmanya Swamy temple, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, etc.
Alappuzha has numerous hotels and resorts to stay. There are plenty of options ranging from luxury resorts to mid-range and budget hotels. Majority of hotels are located beside the backwaters.
Few popular hotels and resorts are mentioned as below:
If you are looking for budget lodging, you may choose from the following list of hotels or resorts:
Tourists from all across the world can easily reach Alappuzha by rail, road or airways. Getting there is briefly described as below:
By Rail- Alappuzha railway station is the nearest railhead, located at a distance of 1 km from the beach. Other railhead is at Ernakulam, which is at the distance of 60 km from the destination.
By Road- KSRTC Bus Stand is the nearest bus stop, which is 4.5 km away from the beach. Tourists can reach Alappuzha by bus or local transportation.
By Air- The nearest airport is at Kochi (Kochi International Airport). From the airport, one can hire car or taxi to reach Alappuzha that is at the distance of 90 km.
Best Time to Visit- September to March
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