Bungee Jump at Alleppey Beach
Also known as the 'Venice of the East', this beach is the main one of the city and known for the boat rides and entertainment on the bridge. There is also a century old lighthouse and the coir industry flourishes here. Presently, one of the most popular places for picnic by tourists, the Alleppey Beach is just beautiful. It is a strange fact how even after so many people coming here, the beach remains so clean but it is so. The pier here is a 137 year old one and the Kettuvallam boats are worth taking a ride here. Kettuvalams are very old types of rice carrying boats and the name came down from the fact that the boats were made by only tying knots of coir here.In the backwaters areas, the Kettuvalams are the renovated ones, but in the beach part these are absolutely authentic. houseboat cruises are also popular here.
7. Kuttand is 70 km from Kochi and the journey early in morning took me an hour and half. My destination was Pallathuruthy bridge which was the gateway for hiring the services of a houseboat/small boat to go into the region bordering Kainakary and Venattukadu Canal. Having reached Pallathuruthy bridge I spent time out there walking along the banks of the Kovalam Kottapurm waterway, it was still early morning so all the house boats were lined up along the canal banks waiting to take the visitors along the canal, seeing the size of these houseboats I was once again reminded of their immense size and immediately decided that this is not what I had mind. I wanted to explore the little used water canals or those used by the locals hence the house boats with their immense size and limitation of the dangers to water hyacinth would not be able to navigate. Anyways for the moment I marveled at their size and design as the world slowly awakened to yet another fine day in paradise.
So, when we learnt that we still have 4 more hours of travel by road, we had to put on our adventurous caps on. By the time we reached our hotel, it was about 3 am. What took me by surprise is the presence of the local MLA who was still up, waiting to welcome us. Such gestures melt me! And the 3-day literature fest? It was beyond my expectations. I have never enjoyed anything more. In between, we were given the liberty to explore. Alleppey Beach was a conscious choice and it was totally worth every second. Sumptuous food, freshly brewed coffee, and then, a walk in the beach- a halt in between, just listening to the waves- our thoughts transported to another world; it’s really just the perfect place for writers!And if you ask me, what have I learnt from these trips, then the answer carries more than one valuable lesson. Travelling opens your mind to things you never considered before. It teaches you to appreciate even the most ordinary gestures that we otherwise take for granted; it reminds you that this world is made up of beautiful people with different cultures, food habits, and way of life but we are all just human beings, seeking the same goals in life- a little more love, a little more peace, a little more sunshine, a little more of the finer things in life that are not necessarily defined by wealth.
Thumpoly BeachAnother beach close to Mararikulam, the Thumpoly beach is known to be the natural habitat of several rare species of birds. Beautiful sandy beach and landscape are surely magical enough to extract a word of praise from you. St. Thomas church of Thumpoly is also another attraction for devout Christians.How to reach Marari Beach?By air: Kochi is the nearest airport to reach Marari beach. Kochi airport is well connected to major cities in India and abroad.By train: Alappuzha has a railway station with trains running to almost every part of Kerala. This railhead is at a distance of 16 kms from Marari beach.By road: Being just about 1 km away from National Highway 47, road trip to Marari will not cause many hurdles.Where to stay?There are several options waiting to welcome tourists in Marari and nearby areas. If you desire to live the rustic life for a few days, opt for some of the homestays. Or if you are comfortable with all frills covered resorts, those are also present. Some resorts are located on beach side with brilliant ocean views.Among the unconventional beach destinations of Kerala, Marari beach is one that deserves a mention. Explore the place once and mark it, you will desire for more.
The next morning, we woke up early as we planned fr some boat ride along backwaters of alleppey.We went to the stop from where we can get into the boat. We got a boat, and travelled in that for two and half hours...The way along the ride was so awesome..Aftet that we returned back to alleppey... We checked out of the room and left fr Aranmula.