Alappuzha

Alappuzha Beaches, Backwaters, Temples, Ayurvedic spa and wellness centres, Alappuzha has got everything a tourist can wish for.

Introduction

Alappuzha or Alleppey is a beautiful town and one of the best tourist spots in Kerala. The town is studded with several resplendent backwater canals, beaches, paddy fields and lagoons for which it has earned the sobriquet the ‘Venice of the East’. Tourists from all over India as well as the world flock this wonderful place to witness its flawless beauty. Houseboat cruise in Alappuzha’s backwaters is the most sought-after activity here. The Laccadive Sea is located on its west which makes its backwaters and wetlands abound with marine life along with resident and migratory avifauna.

Places to explore

Alleppey Beach

The splendid Alleppey beach is regarded as one of the best beaches in Kerala for its breathtaking natural beauty. The beach features white sandy shores, thick palm groves, a lighthouse and a beautiful garden. Tourists prefer the place to unwind themselves where they enjoy the gorgeous views of the sea.

Krishnapuram Palace

The 18th century iconic Krishnapuram Palace was built by Marthanda Varma, former king of Travancore. The palace exemplifies classic South Indian architecture and its mural paintings are very impressive. There is an archaeological museum inside the palace where antique sculptures and exquisite paintings are put on display.

Backwaters

The backwaters of Alappuzha enchant visitors with their picturesque beauty and amazing tranquillity. Tourists thoroughly relish the incredible sights of vast stretches of paddy fields and coconut lagoons. A houseboat cruise is a must-do activity in Alappuzha. One must try the lip-smacking seafood at its backwaters.

Ambalapuzha Temple

Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Ambalapuzha Temple is extremely revered by people. Popular as the ‘Dwarka’ of the south, the temple exhibits excellent mural paintings.

Marari Beach

From Alappuzha, Marari Beach is about 11 kms away. The spectacular beach features elegant beach resorts and many ayurvedic centres. The pleasant surroundings of the beach are ideal to spend your day relaxing and praising the beauty around. Tourists will be spellbound with the breathtaking vistas of sunrise and sunset.

St. Mary Forane Church

Famous as the ‘Champakulam Church’, St. Mary Forane Church is believed to be one of the oldest churches in India. Built in 1870, the church is a famous centre of pilgrimage displaying attractive murals and sculptures. It is fine example of Christian heritage in India. 

Luxury Living

There are many luxury hotels and beach resorts in Alappuzha that promise exclusive accommodation and food. Promising a comfortable stay, Lake Palace Resort offers 58 well-maintained luxurious rooms with balconies, which are equipped with all modern facilities. Guests can relax in its outdoor pool. The hotel has a restaurant, a meeting room, travel counter, lounge and a parking area within the premises. Offering the best of nature and luxury, the seven-storey Ramada Alleppey is preferred by both leisure and business travellers. Spread in 3 acres of lush greenery with its own helipad, the hotel has carved a niche for itself in the field of providing ultimate hospitality. Its all 121 rooms spread across 7 floors speak volume about uber luxury. Its multi-cuisine restaurant, a rooftop speciality restaurant, a bar, a health club and a spa are quite good. Set amidst lovely surroundings, Marari Beach Resort is equally impressive featuring chic style 52 villas fitted with modern facilities, a swimming pool, a spa, a tennis court, restaurants and a bar. The five star Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort features an Ayurvedic Spa Centre and 32 rooms and villas with all luxury amenities. Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere is a boutique hotel offering luxurious stay to guests through its 60 well-kept rooms.

Shopping

There are a number of shops at Alappuzha’s Mullakkal Street from where one can get souvenirs. Varieties of handicraft items made up of coir and sea shells are also available here. Coir paintings, door mats, footwear, bags, hammocks, chair, cushions, toys, decorative pieces, carpets, etc. can be bought from Alappuzha’s local markets. Spices, canned seafood and silks are also good buys here.

Best time to visit

Winter season, from November to February, is the best time to explore Alappuzha when the weather remains pleasant and mild. During this period, the temperature ranges between 17 and 32 degrees Celsius.

How to Reach

By Air: Cochin International Airport is about 85 kms from Alappuzha.

By Rail: Alappuzha Railway Station is the main railway station connecting Alappuzha to the rest cities of the country.

By Road: There are regular state-run buses from Alappuzha to all major cities in Kerala. Buses are available in luxury and budget categories. One can also hire a taxicab to reach Alappuzha.

Alappuzha is undoubtedly a worth visiting place where the pristine sun-warmed beaches and calm backwaters win anyone’s heart.

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