Alleppey, presently known as Alappuzha, is a coastal town in Kerala surrounded by a large network of backwaters, canals and lagoons. Tourists from all over the world visit Alleppey mainly to experience an exciting houseboat cruise along the serene backwaters and to enjoy the enchanting views of the fascinating palm-fringed landscapes, coir villages, paddy fields below water level, and Chinese fishing nets. The city is well known for its beaches, boat races and festivals. Nehru Trophy Boat race and Chettikulangara Bharani festival are the most colorful events among them. Alleppey is also famous for coir products, carpets, spices, marine products and prawn farming. The city is well connected by air, rail and road network. Cochin International Airport at a distance of 80 km is the nearest airport.
Some of the famous places to visit in Alleppey are as follows:
Alleppey Beach: The beautiful Alleppey Beach offers a variety of activities including camel ride, swimming, diving, Para-sailing, surfing and motor boat cruise.
Alleppey Backwaters: Alleppey backwaters, which has a large interconnected network of canals and lagoons in the Vembanad Lake, is the most visited backwater destination of the State.
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple: This famous temple known as “Dwaraka of the South” is dedicated to Lord Krishna in the form of Parthasarathy. One should not miss the extremely delicious prasadam of this temple, known as Ambalappuzha Palpayasam.
Pathiramanal Island: Pathiramanal means “the sands of midnight”. It is an uninhabited island, which houses hundreds of species of birds, both local and migratory.
Krishnapuram Palace: It is an 18th century palace built by King Marthanda Varma, presently converted into a museum and maintained by the Archaeological Department of Kerala.
Marari Beach: It is one of the must-visit places in Alleppey, ideal for enjoying a stunning sunrise and sunset.
Edathua Church: It is a catholic church dedicated to St. George and is famous for the grand annual festival called Edathua Perunnal.
Karumadikuttan: It is a black granite statue of Lord Buddha that dates back to around 14th century. It is believed that the statue has healing powers.
Mannarassala Temple:A famous temple, and the largest of its kind, where serpent worship prevails.
Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple: This temple is known for the famous festival Mullakkal Chirappu.
Coir products and carpets are the most popular shopping items in Alleppey. The city is also renowned for the best quality spices like cardamom, pepper, clove, areca nut, etc., and also pure coconut oil. There are several shops in Alleppey where one can get jewelry, clothes, handicrafts, utensils, sandalwood, bronze ware, gift articles and many more. Mullackal Market, Seemati Store, Krishna Textiles, St. Thomas Fine arts, Canal Bazaar, etc., are some of the best places for enjoying a great shopping experience.
Restaurants in Alleppey serve delicious south Indian delicacies like Dosa, Idli, Puttu, rice, etc., with sambar and other spicy curries. Seafood is very popular in Alleppey, especially Karimeen Pollichathu (pearl spot fish baked), Karimeen curry, viral fry, etc. One can eat south Indian, north Indian, Chinese and continental dishes as per their choice. Sree Durga Bhavan Udipi Hotel, Hot Kitchen, Annapoorna Restaurant, Arun Hotel, etc., are some good restaurants in Alleppey.
Alleppey is famous for its backwaters and the traditional houseboats. Tourists usually prefer to spend a night in the houseboats enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of the alluring backwaters, tasting the mouthwatering Kerala delicacies. One should not expect nightclubs or dance parties in this city. However, for those who want to have some drinks can visit some nice places like Royal Park, Raheem’s Residency, Saungadhika Bar, Ashoka, Chaitra, etc.
A wonderful houseboat cruise through the tranquil backwaters and an overnight stay in the houseboat will be a memorable experience that will last for a lifetime. Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Champakulam Boat Race and Payippad Boat Race are the exciting events one can enjoy. One can spend a relaxed evening in the beach and also visit an Ayurveda massage center to rejuvenate the body and mind.