Alleppey (previously known as Alappuzha) is a district nearby Kochi and is said to be the Venice of the East. The city is very popular among tourists. It is also the place where the annual Nehru trophy boat race is held. Another attraction is the Mullackal Chirappu which is a 10-day festive season of Alleppey. The district is a beautiful place to visit. The ideal time to visit the place is from October – 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.
WHAT TO SEE
Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are dominant in Kerala. Each of them demonstrates their culture without any hesitation. Kerala is well known for its dance, music, arts, craft and also food. The Kathakali form of dance is the classical dance form of Kerala which dates back more than 200 yrs ago. Other forms of dance include Mohiniyattam, Thullal, Krishnattam, Oppanna and others. Kalaripayattu is a famous form of martial arts of Kerala. Kerala is very popular for carvings on metal, sandalwood, rosewood granite etc. there are several sculptures and monuments spread all across the state.
Where to go
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful place to visit in Kochi. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 14 acres. The place is home to a large variety of bird 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 relaxing and refreshing experience.
Alleppey beach is known for its water and surroundings. It has a pier which is more than 150 yrs 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. The Vembanad Lake is a lagoon ranks second in terms of size. This is a popular place to visit. In fact, people hire boathouses and 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.
Backwaters, St Marys Church, Marari Beach, Pallipuram, and Krishnapuram Palace, Shri Krishna temples, museums, beaches and others are the place you want to visit in Alleppey.
Kochi, popularly known as Cochin, is a port town in Kerala, India. The city is also known by the name Ernakulam. Kochi has been an important spice trading centre throughout the past. The word Kochi is derived from Malayalam and means small lagoon. Like any other part of Kerala this city is also spread with green and blue.
What to eat
Kerala is known 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 the 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 of Kerala are also very famous.
How to reach
Kochi International Airport is the closest airport to Alleppey. The airport receives regular flights from cities like Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad etc. International flights include the Middle East and others. From here a bus or a taxi can be taken to reach Alleppey.
Alleppey has a railway station of its own. The city is well connected to rest of India via Rail. There are regular to and fro trains from Chennai, Kochi, Kovalam, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai etc.
Alleppey is well connected to the cities and towns all over India via road. The city is easily accessible by road. There are frequent buses running from Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kochi, Kovalam and other places. Even taxi or cab is available from nearby towns and cities.