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Alappuzha (Alleppey) Travel & Tourism Overview

Area: 1,414 square kms
Location: On the Malabar Coast
Language: Malayalam and English
Best Time to Visit: August to September & February to March
STD Code: 0477
District: Alappuzha
Winter Temperature (October to March): 16°C- 32°C
Summer Temperature (April to September): 20°C- 36°C

Alappuzha or, erstwhile Alleppey is a true splendour of Kerala. It is a tiny district of Kerala and looks like the place that has come straight from God's own paintbrush. Often deemed as the 'Venice of East' by many travellers, this backwater state is also home to diverse range of animals and birds. Alleppey is simply the most magical place on the earth.

During the monsoon season, tourists can witness the true splendours of Alleppey. The backwaters look scenic; the sea is seething and turbulent yet jaw-dropping. In recent years, Alleppey has emerged as a renowned destination for backwaters. Imagine, a waterway flanked by palm fringes on its side and a lush carpet of greenery. This site can take anyone's imagination to a new dimension. Alleppey, the water locked district, is picturesque and poetic all at once.

As per the authorities, Alleppey is deemed as the first planned city of Kerala. Its criss-crossing backwater tour can take to a journey that one can't forget after leaving the shores of Kerala. Backwaters of Alleppey are a unique network that passes through the palm tree-fringed rice paddies and villages, before flowing into the Arabian Sea.

On a trip to Alleppey, a beautiful houseboat ride awaits everyone. Houseboat ride in Alleppey is secluded retreat which for travellers seeking a different side of India. A night stay in the houseboat is the best to explore the length and breadth of figurative backwaters. Admire the lush greenery and savour the delicious delicacies on the houseboat. Backwaters are one of Kerala's most mesmerizingly beautiful and relaxing experiences.

Beckoned with everything beautiful, one thing which differentiates Alleppey with other backwater territories is Kuttanad - a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the Rice Bowl of Kerala. One can see the traces of Kuttanad in the famous Hindu mythological book called Mahabharata. As per the book, Pandavas passed through Kuttanad (a small part of Alleppey) during their 5 years exile period. In those days, Kunnad was a forest land, later destroyed by fire as per the epic novel.

Thanks to its gifted backwaters, every year Alleppey hosts a snake boat race to bring Alleppey back to life. The boat race seeks the participation of many boating clubs of the region. It sight to see the crowd of people, fisherwomen with cane baskets and kids cheering for their favourite team. During the annual snake boat races, oars and boats chop up the usually placid backwaters here.

Alleppey is the abode of God and Goddesses and that is why it lures millions of devotees from around India to seek solace and spiritual divinity. People of different faith, caste, creed, sex, religion visit Alleppey as there are many shrines to pay a visit. Amabalapuzha temple, revered to Lord Krishna is the finest example of Kerala architecture. Here tourists can see bronze statues, sculptures and architecture are worth a kind applause. To one's astonishment, in Alleppey's one can see the elite examples of cathedrals. St. Mary Forane Church in Alleppey is one the oldest and the most enchanting church in India. If possible, visit Alleppey during the festivals season as this sleepiest town of Kerala turns to a centre into a centre stage for Kerala folklore. The city is home to large number of temples namely Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple and Churches such as Edathua Church, St. Andrews Church, etc. All these religious shrines should be visited on a holiday in Alleppey as they stand as a beacon of religious austerity.

There are certain perks of sharing a cost line with Arabian Sea and one such undue advantage is the Alappuzha beach. Alleppey is perhaps one of the most enchanting lands in Kerala, where one can experience the stillness of backwaters and gushing waves of the sea. The native beach of the area called Alappuzha Beach; here the visitors can enjoy basking in the sun or water sports activities. One would bet a fortune for those pristine sunsets and sunrises by the beach. It's a perfect place to unwind, away from the hustle of the real world!

Alleppey has earned a distinction by not being a tourist paradise but as a commercial district by being the world's premier supplier of coir. In Alleppey, there's something for gem lovers as well and that is the most famous RKK memorial museum. Authority of the museums proclaims to be the owner of the largest Swarovski collection which can't be seen anywhere else in the world.

Once Alleppey was a fish trading centre but with time the district has emerged as a backwater tourist destination. Fortunately, Alleppey has plenty of stuff to slip anyone into serenity. Nothing can be more relaxing and rejuvenating than taking a long stroll on Alappuzha beach or a calm houseboat ride over the silver-lining backwaters.

En route on a trip to Alleppey and beaches, lakes and the much-acclaimed cruise in the houseboat awaits here. Come along for an unforgettable experience.

Interesting Facts about Alleppey

  • St. Mary Forane Church in Alleppey is the oldest Church in India. The cathedral is the finest specimen of Christian heritage in India and is famous for murals and sculptures as well.
  • Revi Karunakaran Museum in Alleppey is home to one of the world's largest private collections of Swarovski crystals.
  • Alleppey is the world's premier supplier of coir.
  • The Kuttanad district in Alleppey district is termed as the 'rice bowl of India' for its expansive paddy fields. It's the area with the lowest altitude in India and few of the places in the world where farming is done below the sea level.
  • Alleppey is termed as the 'Venice of East.' In early 20th Century, the then British Viceroy Lord Curzon while visiting Alappuzha was fascinated by its scenic beauty that he granted this title to the district.

Things to Do & Experience in Alleppey:

  • Don't forget to go for a backwater cruise in Alleppey.
  • Cheer your favourite team during a snake boat race.
  • Go to Alappuzha Beach to slip into serenity. Further, one can get to the fishing village of Mararikulam and learn about the local lifestyle of the people.
  • Visit the famous churches and temples of Alleppey.
  • If you are planning a visit in the months of February or March then do attend the Chettikulangara Bharani festival, Arthunkal Perunnal, the feast of St Sebastian and the feast of St. George at Edathua. The temple festival at Ambalappuzha is particularly impressive.
  • Visit Revi Karunakaran Museum which houses artefacts, crystals, precious stones, silverware, etc

Where to Stay:

There are plenty of options available to stay in Alleppey. Accommodation in Alleppey ranges from deluxe to luxury. Mostly hotels, resorts, and guest houses are positioned on the shores of backwaters. For a comfortable stay, tourists can choose to book any of the deluxe or mid range options. For accommodation, house boat facility is also available. All these houseboats offer most luxurious, private accommodation on the backwaters of Kerala.
Famous Resorts/Hotels/Guest Houses in Alleppey are:

  • Punnamada Resort,  Kottankulangara
  • Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere,  Vayalar
  • Kurialacherry House, Manapra, Champkulam P.O
  • Ourland Island Backwater Resort, Karimbavalavu
  • Deshadan Backwater Resort, Kayipuram
  • Ramada Alleppey, Finishing Point Road
  • Seaside Residency, Beach Road
  • Sunny Days, Champakulam

Famous houseboat stopover options in Alleppey are:

  • Indraprastham Houseboat, Finishing Point Road
  • Backwater Retreat House Boats, Thaneermukkam Jetty
  • Riverine Resort, Kanjipadam Boat Jetty
  • Aqua Jumbo Houseboat, Finishing Point Road
  • Cosy Houseboats, Finishing Point Road
  • Marvel Cruise
  • Kerala Houseboats Retreat, Thaneermukkam
  • The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda


Alleppey is not one of that destination where shopping should be a mandatory practice for every tourist. Coir products, Carpets, Pepper, coconut oil, areca nut, cardamom, sugar, fresh vegetables are also some of the products which can be purchased from the market of Alleppey.

Floating Triveni

Coming to shopping, Alleppey is quite different. Here, tourist will not be able to find multi-brand shops or heritage malls but a Floating mall. It's a state-owned red and white chequered market called the Floating Triveni and has stationery, toiletries and provisions stacked on its shelves.

Location: Vembanad Lake

Timings: 8:00 AM to 06:00 PM

How to Reach

By Airways: Cochin International is the nearest airport that is approximately 75 km away from the main town of Alleppey. From the airport, tourists can book a cab or tax to reach Alleppey. The airport is well connected to major cities in India as well as abroad.

By Railways: Alleppey Railway Station lies within the limit of the city. The railway station is connected with all the major cities like Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin. Book a taxi or cab from the railway station to reach the main city.

By Roadways: Buses from Kerala tourism connect Alleppey with all the major cities of Kerala. Alleppey is well connected to other cities such as Kochi, Kottayam, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore and Coimbatore by road. Alleppey is easily accessible via National High-47.

Famous places nearby Alleppey are:

Destination Duration Distance
Ernakulum 56 mins 53.0 km
Thiruvananthapuram 2 hours 23 mins 151 km
Thekkady 3 hours 25 mins 142 km
Kumarakom 1 hour 7 mins 47.2 km
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) 4 hours 24 mins 237 km
Dindigul 6 hours 11 mins 278 km
Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) 4 hours 36 mins 237 km
Kozhikode 4 hours 42 mins 227 km
Kottayam 1 hour 3 mins 48.4 km
Munnar 3 hours 59 mins 172 km