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Top 10 Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Alleppey, Kerala

Look deep into nature as in the repeated refrains of nature, the wanderers’ heart will be soothed and there is an assurance that your heartbeat will match the beat of nature.

Between the palm-fringed waterways and soothing beaches, don’t you think Alleppey could be your best vacation destination of the year? Known as the ‘Venice of the East’ Alleppey is a tourist destination where nature’s green is gold, its beauty will blaze bright to soothe your eyes and delight your soul.

Calm backwaters dotted with thousands of houseboats, lip- smacking Seafood, lovely Ayurvedic spas and wellness centres – Don’t you think Alleppey could be the best getaways in Kerala for a peaceful and amazing vacation?  Quaint villages, paddy fields and tranquil backwaters are the richest bounties of Alappuzha.

Thousands of tourists from all over the world come to Alleppey to enjoy the beauty of this tropical paradise. This Venetian capital of Kerala is the first choice of Honeymooners as the scenic charm, coconut groves, azure lagoons and amazing backwaters have a dream-like quality to spend some moments of togetherness. It is one of the most amazing tourist destinations to visit in Kerala.

This blog is all about explaining some of the must visit beautiful destinations in Alleppey.

Quick Facts on Alleppey Tourism

Popular Places to Visit in Alleppey The Alappuzha Beach, Mullakkal Temple, Krishnapuram Palace, Alleppey Backwaters, Marari Beach, Triveni Floating Market.
Alleppey is Famous for Backwater Tourism and Snake Boat Races
Popular Games in Alleppey Cricket, Football and Basketball
Alleppey is Also Known as Venice of the East
Popular Festivals in Alleppey Chirappu Mahotsavam, Haripad, and Chandanakudam
Popular Boat Races of Alleppey Alleppey Tourism Boat Race,Pulinkunnu Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race, Champakulam Moolam Boat Race.
Popular Market of Alleppey Alappuzha Zakariya Market and Triveni Floating Market

List of Top Tourist Places & Attractions in Alleppey

  • Alappuzha Beach
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Marari Beach
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Mary Forane Church
  • Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple
  • Kuttanad
  • Triveni Floating Market
  • Backwaters of Alleppey
  • Karumadi

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Alappuzha Beach

Alappuzha Beach Kerala

If you are a beach lover then the alluring beauty of Alappuzha cannot be missed. Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Alleppey. Less crowded, scenic, serene and enchanting, Alappuzha Beach will make your beach holidays one of the best to remember. Dense palm groves and soul soothing serenity of the park nearby, freshwater rivers and Scenic Arabian Sea is just a perfect need to spend some moments in peace.

Be it honeymooners, families or solo travellers, this is absolutely a worth visiting place to enjoy the watery wealth of God’s own country Kerala. For Adventure lovers there are plethora of activities to enjoy like parasailing, beach volleyball, & surfing. There is also a 150-year-old Alappuzha Lighthouse which was built in 1862 in the reign of Rama Varma Maharaja of Travancore, which you should not miss while enjoying the beauty of Alappuzha Beach.

Best Time to Visit – November to February and March to May

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Krishnapuram Palace

Krishnapuram Palace Kerala

Krishnapuram Palace is a rare specimen of the glorious ancient past of Kerala. It was built in the 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the ruler of Travancore. It is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of Kerala Style architecture. Thick-framed doors, narrow corridors, gabled roofs and dormer windows will teleport you into the world of bliss. Most of the small units of the palace are lost in the ravages of time, only the main structure has survived.

The mural of Gajendra Moksham is the centre of attraction of Krishnapuram Palace. It depicts the mythological story of Lord Vishnu who reached earth to save an Elephant (devotee of Lord Vishnu). The mural is placed at the entrance of the palace from the pond so that the kings could bow down to the deity after their bath. It is one of the best heritage tourist attractions to visit in Alleppey.

Timings- 9:30am to 4:30pm. It is closed on Mondays and National Holidays.

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Marari Beach

Marari Beach Kerala

Alleppey is a water paradise of Kerala and if you are in Alleppey then you must visit the gorgeous Marari Beach for a relaxing and peaceful vacation. Marari got its name from a local village of Arabian Sea Coast – Mararikulam. It is one of the best beaches to enjoy holidays with your family and friends.

Coconut palm trees, scenic sands and picturesque vistas will be a delightful paradise for a romantic stroll or fun filled trip with friends. Sightseeing in Alleppey will be more soothing if you visit Marari Beach.  There are many Ayurvedic centres to rejuvenate your mind and budgeted holiday resorts and homestays makes this place a perfect holiday destination in Alleppey.

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Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake Kerala

While going for an Alleppey Kerala Backwater Tour, Vembanad Lake is a stunning tourist stopover that one must not miss. Decked with Mangrove forests all around with coconut trees, a cruise on a houseboat is the best thing to do to enjoy the best of Kerala Tourism. On a houseboat you will pass through narrow canals, lagoon islands, tiny hamlets and experience the simple and serene countryside lifestyle. Your imagination will run wild and you will be lost in the world of fantasy.

The experience of cruising in 60ft long and 15ft wide traditional Kettuvallam will be the experience of a lifetime.  Don’t forget to visit the beautiful island of Pathiramanal which floats on the backwaters and it hosts 50 species of exotic and 90 species of endemic birds. Vembanad Lake is one of the best backwater destinations to visit around Alleppey.

Highlights- August and September is the best time to visit Vembanad Lake. The Snake Boat race in the festival of Onam is the major attraction of this Lake.

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St. Mary Forane Church

St. Mary Forane Church Alleppey Kerala

St. Mary Forane Church is one of the most popular places to visit in Alleppey. It is the oldest catholic church in Kerala. This church dates back to 835 AD and it got the status of a Forane in 1929.It is dedicated to Virgin Mary. Ancient stones with engravings and Thaliyola in the ‘Nanam Moonam’ alphabet will take you back to ancient times.

Moreover, you will also witness some of the oldest, artistic, historic and archaeological objects in granite, wood metal like Granite cross, Altar, Bells, etc. Devotees from all over the world come to see the grandeur of the church of glorious ancient past and seek divine grace. Apart from the Church, serene backwaters flowing adjacent to the church will add a treat to your Alleppey Tour. The church has an open-air rock cross which dates back to CE 1151.

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Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple

Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple

Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple or Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple is one of the best places to explore in Kerala. It is situated in Alappuzha district. The main deity of the temple is Goddess Durga and the other deities include Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, Lord Ayyappa, Lord Krishna, Navagraha and Nagaraja. Thousands of devotees flock here to get spiritual wisdom and divine grace.

It is believed that the temple is 500 years old. November to December are the most important months to visit here as the grand festival of Mullakkal Chirappu which lasts for 41 days is celebrated here. If you’re looking for peace and solace then this temple is absolutely a must visit place in the paradise of backwaters Alleppey.

Timings- 5;00am to 12 noon and 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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Kuttanad

Kuttanad Kerala

Famed as the Rice Bowl of India- Kuttanad is a scenic country and an ideal place for the couples to visit near Alappuzha. Picturesque landscapes of the scenic countryside have romantic vibes and blissful charm to spend some lovely moments. This is a unique place to behold as here the art of farming is done on a different level.  Farming here is carried out below sea level.

Tourists from all over the world come here to see coconut cultivation, toddy tapping, duck farming and enjoy fishing. Moreover, an amazing Houseboat tour in the backwaters of Kuttanad will elevate your travel experience to a different level. Lush paddy fields, scenic beauty, amazing backwaters, cool atmosphere and less crowd is the reason why Kuttanad is a popular destination in most of the Alleppey Tour Packages.

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Triveni Floating Market

Triveni Floating Market Kerala

Your Alleppey tour will be more pleasant if you visit Triveni Floating Market. It is the best place to visit in Alleppey for a day trip. Shopping in this amazing floating market is an experience of a lifetime. You will get to buy things on a boat like fruits, toiletries, stationeries etc. It is a state-owned market.

The most interesting fact about this place is that such kinds of markets used to exist when there was not any other means of transport. People used to travel on boats. Existence of this kind of market in Alleppey makes it the best place to explore in Kerala. It supplies essential items like groceries, stationeries to remote islands but for tourists, shopping on a boat will make the sightseeing more interesting in Alleppey.

Timings- 8:00am to 6:00pm

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Backwaters of Alleppey

Backwaters of Alleppey

Travelling to Alleppey would be incomplete without enjoying your day in the gorgeous backwaters of Alleppey. The houseboat cruise is the best way to enjoy the tranquillity and serenity of the sights around the beautiful backwaters.

As you pass through the narrow canals, lush vegetation and scenic villages dotted with coconut trees, you will feel that moment to be the best moment of your life. If you are a couple, then a Backwater tour with your beloved is a must to enjoy the best of Kerala Tourism. Alleppey is known for its backwater tourism and if you are not enjoying houseboat cruises then what are you doing in Alleppey?

The houseboats have all the facilities a tourist needs. If you want luxury, you will get a well-furnished houseboat with the facilities like a private chef who pampers you with lip- smacking South Indian cuisines. For couples there are special Alleppey honeymoon houseboats with all the romantic arrangements. Backwater Tour is one of the best things to do in Alleppey, be it a couple, solo traveller or family.

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Karumadi

Karumadi Kerala

In Alappuzha district, the small village of Karumadi is a very popular Buddhist pilgrim centre. It houses a special Buddha Statue which dates back to the 11th century. It is under the protection of Kerala Archaeological department. Tourists from all over the world come to seek blessings and to enjoy the calm and scenic setting of this quaint little village. Stunning paddy fields and brackish waters also add to the blissful state of Karumadi to attract the tourists. It is indeed one of the best tourist attractions to visit in Alappuzha.

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Top Things to Do in Alleppey, Kerala

Bird Watching Alleppey

In Alleppey there is never a dull moment. Every moment spent here will be one of the most amazing moments to cherish in life. Apart from sightseeing, Alleppey offers a plethora of activities to enjoy your trip here. It doesn’t matter if you are here for one day or five days, numerous fun-filled activities will always make your day worth it. Some of the top things to do in Alleppey are –

  • Bird Watching – If you are a nature lover then Bird Watching at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary near Vembanad Lake will be one of the best things to do around Alappuzha. Beautiful birds from the lofty Himalayas, Siberia like Siberian Stork, Heron, Egret and Teal adorn this place.
  • Beach Park – If you want to enjoy a day trip in Alleppey with your family then visit Vijaya Beach Park. It is the best place to have some fun with kids. Lots of entertainment and cultural programs, swings, slides and trains will be the best way to enjoy with your family.
  • Shikara Ride – Why should Kashmir Have all the fun? Shikara rides can also be enjoyed in Alleppey too. From a normal houseboat it is small in size and holds up to 20 people at once but the fun it provides is beyond your imagination. Families prefer Shikara Rides and you can also stop at whatever place you want to. It is one of the best activities to do in Alleppey.
  • Ayurvedic Therapies- Relax your mind, body and soul with amazing Ayurvedic therapies in Alleppey. If you are on a five days Alleppey trip then you would have enough time to relax and rejuvenate your mind and soul. You must experience the bliss of such therapies.
  • Village Hopping- There are some scenic villages near Alleppey like Karumadi, Champakulum, Kuttanad etc which will offer you rural and scenic landscapes to enjoy the beauty of nature and experience local Kerala culture. Visiting Alleppey would be worth it if you indulge in the sightseeing of villages.
  • Backwaters– Backwater Tourism is the best way to enjoy the bliss of Kerala tourism. If you are in Alleppey you must not miss a houseboat cruise to enjoy the scenic setting of tranquil Alleppey backwaters. Punnamada Lake is another blissful paradise to enjoy the soothing sights of nature on a houseboat. It is one of the top things to do in Alleppey.

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How to Reach Alleppey?

How to Reach Alleppey

  • By Air – You can book your flight from Cochin International Airport as it is the closest airport from Alleppey. It is connected to all the major Indian cities through daily flights.
  • By Road- You can easily get buses from all the major cities of Kerala. KSRTC offers regular bus services.
  • By Train- Alleppey Railway station is connected to all major cities. From Station you can hire any bus or taxi to reach your desired destination.

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Best Time to Visit Alleppey

Best Time to Visit Alleppey

  • Winter – The temperature of Alleppey in winters is quite pleasant and favourable for sightseeing. Winter here starts from December and ends in February. It is the best time to visit Alleppey.
  • Summer- If you want to enjoy the backwaters with less crowd then visit Alleppey during Summers. Weather wise it is not the best time to visit because the climate is hot and humid. Summer here starts from March and ends in May.
  • Monsoon- Alleppey looks stunning during Monsoon. For backwater tourism, it is not the ideal time to visit Alleppey. One can enjoy the lush greenery and sightseeing in the rain-washed beauty of this amazing tropical destination. Monsoon here starts from June and ends in September.

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Best Hotels & Resorts to Stay in Alleppey

Best Places to Stay in Alleppey-Lake Palace Resort

Apart from the sightseeing tour in Alleppey, the absolutely gorgeous resorts of Alleppey will add bliss to your Alleppey Tour. Not only it offers soul soothing hospitality but also a peek into the local and rich cultural heritage of the God’s own country Kerala. If you are planning to visit Alleppey, then you can stay in some of the best resorts which will absolutely make your holidays in Alleppey memorable.

  • El Oceano Beach Villa – Best for exploring beaches and peaceful village walks. It’s a local traditional Ayurvedic Resort.
  • Xandari Pearl– Best for enjoying luxury life for a day and bicycling to explore the coastal backroads of Alleppey.
  • Lake Palace Resort– It’s an Island Resort. It is best for exploring Vembanad Lake and Houseboat cruise.
  • Deshadan Backwater Resort – Best for Ayurvedic Spa and Backwater Cruise
  • Citrus Retreats- It is situated in the pristine Kerala Backwaters. There is a floating Restaurant here and you can also enjoy fishing and sunset cruises.

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Alleppey Distance from Following Popular Cities

City Name  Approx Distance
Alleppey Distance from Kochi 128 km via NH 544
Alleppey Distance from Munnar 165 km via NH85 and SH40
Alleppey Distance from Thekkady 150 km via NH183
Alleppey Distance from Kumarakom 33 km via SH40
Alleppey Distance from Kovalam 161 km via NH 66
Alleppey Distance from Marari 16 km via NH 66
Alleppey Distance from Wayanad 305 km via NH 66
Alleppey Distance from Bangalore 595 km via NH 44 and NH544
Alleppey Distance from Vagamon 104 km via SH40
Alleppey Distance from Kodaikanal 295.0 km via NH183

If you are planning to visit Kerala then the blissful charm of Alleppey and soul soothing backwaters of this wonderful tropical destination is absolutely a must not miss. We hope this blog helps in planning your holidays in Alleppey. If you have any other query, you can simply ask in the comment section of the blog.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Why is Alleppey famous?

Alleppey is very popular for its backwater tourism, stunning beaches, Houseboat cruise, Paddy fields, Seafood, ayurvedic therapies, boat races and lagoon.

Q.Is Alleppey open for tourism?

Yes, Alleppey is open for tourism. Those who are vaccinated and have RT PCR Negative report of less than 72 hours can visit Kerala.

Q.How to reach Alleppey by Train?

Alleppey Railway station is connected to all major cities. From Station you can hire any bus or taxi to reach your desired destination.

Q.How many minimum days do you need to explore the best of Alleppey tourism?

You need a minimum 5 days to enjoy the bliss of Alleppey Tourism. From shopping, sightseeing to temple and village tours everything will be covered if you are here for 5 days. ance from Dehradun- 52 KM

Q.How are the accommodation facilities for tourists in Alleppey?

Alleppey boasts of beautiful beach side resorts and stunning backwater resorts for soul soothing Hospitality. If you are looking for a budget stay there is no dearth for budget hotels in Alleppey. Depending on your choice and budget, Alleppey has all the accommodation facilities that a tourist needs. If you want you can stay in stunning houseboats to enjoy the best of Alleppey backwaters.

Q.Does Alleppey offer Yoga & Ayurveda resort holiday?

Yes, Alleppey offers Yoga and Ayurveda Resort holidays. You can enjoy the best of Ayurvedic therapies and Yoga in some of the best resorts of Alleppey for holistic healing and wellbeing.

Q.What is the distance of Kochi from Kerala?

The distance of Kochi from Kerala is approx. 128km via NH 544.

Q.What are the top places to explore 2-day sightseeing in Alleppey?

Top places to explore in Alleppey in a 2-day trip are:

  • Vembanad Lake
  • Backwaters of Alleppey
  • Alleppey Beach
  • Marari Beach
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Mary Forane Church
  • Vijaya Beach Park
  • Pathiramanal
  • Krishnapuram Palace

Q.What is the best time for holidaying in Alleppey?

Winter is the best time to visit Alleppey. The weather will be pleasant for sightseeing and backwater tourism. Summers are also preferable for backwater tourism in Alleppey if you want less crowd but not for sightseeing due to humid weather.

Q.Is Alleppey a good destination for visiting in the monsoon season?

For sightseeing Alleppey is a wonderful destination to visit in monsoon as you will witness the lush green landscapes dipped in rain water, the sights will be beautiful. But for backwater Tourism it is not an ideal time to visit Alleppey.

Published: 04 Sep, 2021

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She is a candle who burns and melts in the chaos of infinity, from where her visceral whistles and leaves an imprint of desire in her heart to know the map of an Island where there are different sunrises and sunsets. Her curiosity brightens to conquer the hearts unrelieved and sometimes mysterious. Her name is - Pallavi Roy - A traveller by soul and a writer by Profession.