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District : Alleppey
Area : 1414 Sq. Km
Known As : Alappuzha
Best Time to Visit : Monsoon deals are Expensive. Visit anytime during rest of year

Alleppy (Alappuzha) - Looking Back With Waters

Alleppey Backwaters
A Ketuvallam on Alleppey Backwaters

To See : Backwaters, Alleppey Houseboats, Sree Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzha.
Most Famous For : Backwaters, Houseboat Stay.
Don't Miss : Snake Boat Race held on Second Saturday of August.
Must Experience : Backwaters of Alleppey.
Getting Around : Karumadi Kuttan - 4kms, Thakazhi's Village, St. George Forane Church, Chakkalathukavu Bhagavati Temple, Haripad Subrahmanya Temple, Mannarsala Nagaraja, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy.
Getting There : Air -Nearest Airport Cochin – 64 kms to the North. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is 159 kms to the South.
Rail - Alleppey Railway Station. Linked to cities like Cochin, Chennai, Kolkota, Bangalore and Bokaro. 5 kms away from Bus Stand and Ferry Station.
Road - Alappuzha is on the N-H-47 highway and is Connected to all important Towns of South India.
Inside Tip : While staying in Houseboats, take precautions as there is water all around. Make use of Life saving jackets and abide by the instructions of the tour guides.
Important Distances : Kottayam – 50 km, Kozhikode – 287 kms, Thrissur – 144 km, Thekkady – 164 km, Kollam – 87 km, Trivandrum – 159 kms, Cochin – 64 kms, Bangalore – 629 kms, Munnar – 192 kms.
What to Eat : Pal Payasam (Milk Kheer)
Staying Options : Punnamada Backwater Resort, Palmgrove Lake Resort, Lake Palace Resort, Kovilakam Lakeside Villa.

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Imagine you are looking at the greens stretched bountifully in front of your eyes. You close your eyes and let your mind walk over the lush corridors to reach the solitary coconut tree, heeling just over the setting sun. Suddenly, you hear people yelling at something. Impetuously, you open your eyes only to find a wooden boat (perhaps, because it looks like one you have seen earlier), sailing over the green gardens with an ebony coloured man standing on the aft. Is it a boat? Is it a car? You ponder upon this question until you realize the magic of Alappuzha backwaters. Enjoy Alleppey tourism in Kerala to enjoy the famous backwater tours of Alleppey.

As your car drives past the labyrinthine waterways, see the myriad colours reflected in the tiny spaces that the water hyacinth has meagerly left for the sunlight to drip in, along with evanescent echoes of water lilies, of a birds wings or the brilliant hues of the tropical sky that peep through the veil. The major travel attractions of Alleppey does not ebd here.But it is not only the charisma of backwaters that attract tourists from all over the globe to this trivial town of Kerala, but also the man-made islands which are equally famous for hundreds of migratory birds and the native toddy that is served to its guests. It is a land that encourages gigantic snake boat races and painstakingly perfected coir and carpet métier. It is a land with its never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, palm fringed canals, mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and long sandy beach is known as the Venice of the East, the best Backwater tourism destinations in God's Own Country.

Alleppey History - At A Stone's Throw

Enjoy holidays in Alleppey. Despite its small town appearance, Alappuzha has an impressive history. The port is said to have been built by Raja Keshava Das, the Dewan of Travancore, in the early 18th century. A noble hand came from James Darraigh, an Irishman, who is credited to have introduced the coir industry to the town. The story about how they brought technicians from Bengal to teach locales the art of spinning coir, now enjoys a legendary status here. Today, rubber plantations may have more commercial value but the tradition continues. Among the fisherfolk, you'll find women working on coir and magically moulding it into ropes or mats. Many a tale has been spun around this yarn, and like the story of Alappuzha itself, each tale is to enjoyed and remembered. Some are incredible, but true. History is so near here, that you feel like touching it. When a rice mill came up in 1980, it called for a major celebration. And when a railway track was laid in the early nineties, it was considered an astounding event!

Spend An Unforgettable Holiday With The Matchless Attractions of Alappuzha

Alleppey Backwaters
Alleppey - Kerala

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Go Green With The Alappuzha BackWaters

Take Alleppey tours of Kerala, the coconut state, that has a large network of labyrinthine canals that meander through its towns. Alleppey, which forms a cardinal part of this network has the peculiar geographical feature of having the water in level with the land. Thus on a boat cruise over the emerald green waters, you can have the advantage of enjoying a closer look at the village life on shore. It is really a lifetime experience to have a 2-3 day backwater cruise in one of those magnificent 'kettuvalloms' - houseboats that have now become Kerala's defining image.

While on Alleppey holidays, enjoy the pleasure of feeling the shimmering waters pass between your fingers while on a boat ride, as you pass through the slender corridors amidst deep, dense vegetation. Touch the virgin green leaves of the paddy plants grown on the slant land beside. Wave back at the cheerful village children sitting on the banks. One can even invite some of them to hop in for a ride. In the evening, enjoy a walk along the banks of the Kerala backwaters. Get a pack of hand-made flour-balls from the local stalls and climb on one of the lanky coconut palms to feed the fishes racing underneath. It is a wonderful experience to see them cluster around in all sizes and colours, a staunch competition of survival going on beneath your feet. The canals throw up another study in contrasts. You will find boatmen rowing past the weeds with amazing grace even as the traffic hurtles above their heads on modern bridges.

Backwater Routes - Passageways To the Beauty

Enjoy famous backwater tours of Alleppey in Kerala. The highlight of Alappuzha tourism is the backwaters where you will feel quite comfortable in choosing your itinerary. One will find Alleppey's boat jetty on the Punnamada backwaters, crowded with numerous houseboat and backwater operators. Ask them for a houseboat and make it your mobile home for as long as you like, or book yourself into one of the resorts that follow, and get yourself a speedboat or motorboat to get you around. What follows are several stops along the backwaters - resorts, temples, museums and villages where snake boats are made.

Tourists can enjoy a one-night tour to Kumarakom which will include a magnificent trip through the SNDP canal, Kuppapuram, C'Block, R'block, Vembanad Lake, Punnamada Lake, Kumarakom Lake resort, Whisphering palms, Coconut Lagoons, and a enticing video tour of the popular Snake Boat Race of Alleppey. Another one night tour is made to Alumkadavu and is more suitable for people who want to stay close to nature. Visit the ancient Buddhist shrine of Karrumadikuttan, the only Buddhist temple in Kerala and the Vallicavu Amrithanadhamayi Ashram. Enjoy a night halt at Kayyamkulam Pozhy, where you can savour a mug of herbal tea while gazing at the setting sun. See a magical play of colours behind the Chinese fishing nets.

If leisure is your prime corridor to enjoyment, you can happily go for a 2-3 day cruise on the backwaters. This is indeed a memorable experience when you will be surounded by green only, far from the outstretched hands of modernity. The cruise generally contours major destinations like Kochi or a circular trip, i.e Alleppey to Alleppey. The later is more convenient as you will end up where you have started, with a slight difference that now, you will have enough memory to cherish throughout your life.

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Xtra Attractions To Enjoy

Stroll back in the town past the canals covered with mauve hyacinths and explore the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the town, but don't forget to visit the heritage structures too. Remember to put your steps on the green paddy fields of R and QST islands, one of those down-to-earth places that affords to stay below the sea-level! Try the mouthwatering delicacies - crabs, clams, prawn and a variety of other fresh water fishes - offered in the nearby stalls along with fresh toddy. And if you are keen on taking a dip in the backwaters, the R block and QST islands are the safest bet. Spend your evenings wandering over the pristine sands of the Alappuzha beach in Kerala. Engage yourself in the merriment of sand art, stretch yourself under the sun and get a cool tan on your skin, or you can just jog around, sinking your footmarks into the heart of the white sands, that dot the landscape.

Smell The Fragrance of Alleppey Spread Nearby

Enjoy trips to Alleppey an visit the 18th century Krishnapuram Palace built during the reign of Marthanda Varma, situated at 47 km from the downtown. This double storeyed structure displays elegant but unique characteristics of Kerala architecture - gabled roofs, dormar windows and narrow corridors winding all over the palace like petrified snakes crawling around. Have a look at the largest mural painting in Kerala called the Gajendra Moksham, a 14 feet by 11 feet work of art housed at the western end of the ground floor.

Plan a trip to Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple - situated at Harippad, 32 km south of Alleppey - a serpent shrine under the patronage of a 'Brahman' family, headed by a priestess. This is one of the most famous travel attractions of Alleppey. Legend has it that the presiding deity Lord Nagraja, born from the first priestess of Mannarasala as a five-headed snake, is an incarnation of Vishnu with the spirit of Shiva.

The green island of Pathiramanal is an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise. According to mythology, a young brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions when the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating this enchanting island of Pathiramanal (sands of night). Accessed by boat only this small patch of land is a favoured haven for hundreds of native and migratory birds. You can capture some good photographs here.

Drive Your Way

Savor an Alappuzha trip in Kerala, connected to the country through NH 47 which links Salem to Kanyakumari via Ernakulam (63 km), Thrissur (142 km) and Thiruvananthapuram (147 km). You can land at Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery, if you plan to come by air, and then get a taxi to cover 85 km to reach Alleppey. You can even catch the Jan Shatabdi or the Ernakulam Express if you are coming from Ernakulam or Trivandrum. Get into the overnight Alleppey Express, one of four daily services from Chennai. The main KSRTC bus stand, is 5 km from the railway station on NH 47 and is frequently linked to the major destinations of the state.

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Top 5 Highlights of Alleppey

Alleppey Backwaters

The Green Carpet of Kerala
Kerala is green, but there is something bizarre about Alleppey. Plan a holiday trip to Alleppwy, the land that equally attracts hundreds of migratory birds and tourists to its backwaters. It is a land that pulsates with gigantic snake boat races, but also doesn't forget to offer toddy during moods of merriment.

Cruise The Alappuzha Backwaters
Travel to Alappuzha city of Kerala with its labyrinth of waterways, was extolled by travellers as the Venice of the East. Visit this land where the canopy is the family vehicle and chidren learn to swim perhaps even before they walk. Enjoy a cup of hot herbal tea while standing at the deck of the houseboat and gazing at the distant palm-fringed villages.

The Scenic Beauty of Kuttanad
Alleppey or Alappuzha tourism will let you explore the lush paddy fields of Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala - the only place in the world where farming is done1.5 or 2 m below sea level. Take up famous backwater tours of Alleppey and go to Kuttanad, which is set in the interiors of the beautiful backwater district of Alappuzha.

Feast on Kappa And Meen Curry
Try Kerala's hot red fish curry with steamed tapioca or boiled rice. It will make your mouth water. And your eyes as well. Get a bottle of toddy to blow away the burning flames on your taste buds. Come to see the major travel attractions of Alleppey.

Cruise Through The 'Waters' And Take 'Back' Memories
Get into a Kettuvallum and get going on the shimmering back waters of Alappuzha. Watch fishermen tug at the huge fishing nets with their rich haul. Leave your footprints on the muds of the ancient Buddhist shrine at Karrumadikuttan, the only Buddhist temple in Kerala. Invite a few local children on your boat and enjoy the cruise with them.

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