Alleppey Travel Guide

Alleppey Overview

Sandwiched between the Punnamada backwaters and the Arabian Sea, Alleppey is a small, yet interesting and breathtakingly picturesque town. Located in the heart of the spectacular state of Kerala, the town is a curious blend of lively narrow lanes built around a series of canals, lakes and lagoons, and has for long been one of Indias prime tourist locations.

 
The main area of the town is small and easily negotiable, and split between the north and south canal. Mullackal Road runs between the two canals and comprises of an endless number of fascinating bazaars and temples. Most tourists tend to seek accommodation at one of the many heritage home guesthouses, which are located a stones throw away from the main drag. Travelling west from the town centre, Alleppey Beach is a wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon picnic in the company of the Arabian Sea.
 
Tourists are drawn to Alleppey in search of the Kerala backwater experience and it is no wonder that so many tours, of varying descriptions, are operated from the town centre. However, with a wealth of temples, wildlife and lush green pasture, there is plenty more to explore and what better way to do so than by bicycle. As interesting as a tour guide can be, renting a bike offers the chance to discover the awe-inspiring countryside of Gods Own Country, based solely on instinct and good fortune.
 
Being the hotspot for backwater tours the town is served by excellent transport links. From the bus stand, at the roundabout on VSBC Road, regular services depart along the popular route between Trivandrum and Ernakulam, incorporating stops at Kollam and Kochi. Buses to Kottayam depart every 30 minutes. Alleppey train station, 4km southwest of the centre, has regular departures to both Ernakulam and Trivandrum. Those heading further a field, particularly northbound, are better off travelling to Ernakulam and connecting to a new service. Keeping in the spirit of the area, frequent ferries depart for Kottayam, although somewhat slower than the buses. Ferries can be caught from the jetty on VCSB Road.
 

Appelley, Indias very own piece of Venice is a captivating town of natural beauty and unsurpassed scenery that never fails to leave the tourist with the experience of a lifetime. Popular with locals, families and honeymooners, this place, where time often appears to standstill, is a joy to behold and remember.

Things to do in Alleppey

Backwater Tour - Without doubt the main reason for visiting Alleppey is to get out and experience the fascinating life on the backwaters. A journey spent meandering through the maze of canals and waterways, stopping off at schools and villages, is as relaxing as it gets. Tours vary from the popular day cruise, between Kollam and Alleppey, to renting a houseboat for a night beneath the stars. Like most things in India, competition is rife and numerous tour operators will battle for your custom.

 
Markets - Many an afternoon can be whiled away strolling around the bazaars of Mullackal Road. Anything and everything can be found, from gold jewellery to locally made coir products.
 
Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race - Held on the second Saturday of August, this is the most popular and competitive of Kerala’s boat races. On the day of the race, the usually tranquil Punnamada Lake is transformed into a sea of colourful teams of racers from the neighbouring villages.
 
Green Palm Homes - As if the backwaters were not relaxing enough, this homestay, around 12km from Alleppey, offers the opportunity to live as the local villagers do. Dine on delicious Keralan food and casually explore the area on foot, bike or in canoe.
 

Temples - A feast of fascinating temples are scattered around the town centre and surrounding areas. Situated on the Mullackal Road are both the Kidangamparamba Devi and Mullackal Devi Temples, with the latter staging the 9-day Navarathi festival that includes a vibrant nine elephant parade. In addition, 2km west of town is the Sri Shwetamber Temple, built by the small Jain community of the region.

Hotels in Alleppey

Budget Hotels Alleppey

Hotel Raiban - Excellent budget option, with simple, nicely decorated rooms and suites. Near Medical College Hospital Jn, Palace Road. Tel (91) (477) 2251930.
 
Gowri Residence - Friendly, well managed hotel with a variety of rooms. Additional services include, free bicycle and anytime shuttle to and from town. Mullackal Road. Tel (91) (477) 22336371.
 
 
Midrange Hotels Alleppey
Johnsons The Nest - Excellent homestay with large, funkily decorated rooms and spacious balconies. Lal Bagh, Convent Square. Tel (91) (477) 2245825.
 
Palm Grove Lake Resort - On the banks of the Punnamada Lake, this is a pleasant option with accommodation in eco friendly cottages. Punnamada. Tel (91) (477) 2235004.
 
Palmy Lake Resort - Stylish cottages built in Keralan style with bamboo, perfect for a relaxing getaway. Recently added the cheaper Palmy Residency to its location. Punnamada Road (East). Tel (91) (477) 2235938.
 
Luxury Hotels Alleppey

Raheem Residency - Classy hotel housed in an 18th century Colonial building. All rooms are elegantly furnished and there is romantic looking swimming pool. Beach Road. Tel (91) (477) 2230767.

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This page was last modified on 24 Sep 2011 by Matt