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Alappuzha


Introduction

Alappuzha is more famous by the name of Alleppey. It is a district nearby Kochi and is popular among the tourists as the ‘Venice of the East’ due to its extensive backwater canal system. It is also the place where the annual Nehru trophy boat race is held. Another attraction is the Mullakkal temple festival called chirappu, which is a 10-day festive season of Alleppey. The district is a beautiful place to visit with the ideal time being the months from October through March.

The history shows that there were trade relations of Alleppey with the Greeks and Romans. The city dates further back than the Sangam age. The city was under the rule of several dynasties such as the Cheras, Portuguese, Dutch, British, and others. The city became a part of the state of Kerala after the partition.


OVERVIEW

Location - Kerala

Area - 46.2 square kilometers (only Alleppey)

Nearest Airport - Kochi International Airport, Kerala

How to reach - Approx. 2-hour drive from Kochi international airport which is well connected to major airports around the world. It is also well connected with major Indian cities and towns through rail and road.

Famous for - Backwaters, houseboat tours, beaches, resident and migratory birds

Months Open - All year round

Best time to visit - October to March

WHAT TO SEE

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Alappuzha beach, Vembanad Lake, Alleppey backwater tours,



Details

Things to do on Alappuzha Tour

Culture

Kerala is a multi-religious state with prevalance of Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam where all of them living in harmony while maintaining their individual culture. Kerala is famous for its music, dance, arts & craft and cuisine. Kathakali dance form is the Indian classical dance form that originated in Kerala more than 200 years ago. There are many Other classical dances that owe their origin to Kerala including Mohiniyattam, Krishnattam, Thullal, and Oppanna. The father of Kung-Fu, Kalaripayattu, is a famous form of martial arts from Kerala. Kerala is also known for intricate carvings on sandalwood, rosewood, metal, and granite. Sculptures and monuments spread across the state are proof of its long standing traditions in stonework.

Where to go

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful place to visit in Kochi. Spread over 14 acres of land, the place is home to a large variety of birds and several migratory birds are its visitors. Several rare species of plants and birds are found here. Visiting the sanctuary is a magnificent as well as a relaxing and refreshing experience.

Alappuzha beach

Alleppey beach or the Alappuzha beach is known for its water and surroundings. It has a pier that is more than 150yrs old stretching out into the sea. The beach is also known for the beach festival. The beach is a good place for relaxing and having fun at the same time as here water sports are carried out by the locals. The longest lake in India is situated here.

Vembanad Lake

The Vembanad Lake is a lagoon that ranks second in terms of size. This is a popular place to visit. You can hire houseboats and go for Alleppey houseboat tours. There are Alleppey boat house packages available to arrange for a stay on the lake for a few days. A tour through the lake is amazing. You can see the fish swimming in the water, duck floating and lush green surrounding. The experience is further enhanced by the cool breeze and pleasant atmosphere.

Alleppey backwater tours, St Mary's Church, Marari Beach, Pallipuram, and Krishnapuram Palace, Shri Krishna temples, Mullakkal temple, museums, beaches, and others are the places you want to visit in Alleppey.

Kochi town

Kochi, popularly known as Cochin, is a port town in Kerala, India. The city is in the district Ernakulam where traditionally Kochi was the peninsular area and Ernakulam was the mainland area. Kochi has been an important spice trading center throughout the past. The word Kochi is derived from Malayalam and means a small lagoon.

What to eat

Kerala is famous for its Malabar cuisine. The Malabar biryani, made of gently cooked rice, is a must-eat dish in Kerala. The food here is very different in preparation, presentation, and taste from elsewhere in India. Seafood of Kerala is very popular but vegetarian food is equally good. The spice mix of Kerala is quite different from other places making it unique. Dishes like idly, Dosa, Vada, Biryani, congee, pidiyan, rice meals, etc, are popular here. Coconut water is a popular drink in Kerala. In fact, Ibn Batuta who saw a coconut for the first time here wrote an entire article describing it. Coffee and tea in Kerala are also very famous.

How to reach

By Air

Kochi International Airport is the closest airport to Alleppey. The airport receives regular flights from cities like Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. International flights include from the Middle East and other important airports of the world. From here a bus or a taxi can be taken to reach Alleppey which takes approx. 2 -3 hours.

By Rail

Alleppey has a railway station of its own. The city is well connected to the rest of India via railways. There are regular to and fro trains from Chennai, Kochi, Kovalam, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, etc.

By Road

Alleppey is well connected to the cities and towns all over India via road. The city is easily accessible by road. Frequent buses run from Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kochi, and Kovalam to Alleppey. From Thekkady to Alleppey it takes about 3.5 to 4 hours via the National Highway 183. Even taxis are available from nearby towns and cities.




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