This seventh largest city of Kerala is popular for its houseboat cruises along the Kerala backwaters. Alappuzha is bedecked with lagoons, beaches and canals and offers lots of water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing and water skiing, to unwind during your vacation. The backwaters also happen to be the venue for the annually celebrated (January and August) Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race, where long serpentine boats being rowed with rhythmic furor by able-bodied Malayali men, is a spectacular site to behold. Some other famous attractions include Alleppey Beach, Andhakaranazhi Beach, Vemband Lake, Mannarasala Temple and the Alappuzha Light House, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the city and the coastline, especially during sunsets. One can also take a speed boat to Pathiramanal Island, a quiet and picturesque island on the backwaters where one can witness hundreds of rare migratory birds from around the world. South India is culturally rich and its abundance can be enjoyed through its music, dance and spirituality. Many resorts organise cultural shows in the evening where one can enjoy the traditional dance of Kerala and one of the oldest theatre forms of the world, Kathakali. Places such as Thaff Delicacy, Dreamers Cafe and Restaurant, Mushroom Restaurant and Kream Korner Art Cafe are famous for delicious local, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Alappuzha can be reached by air, the nearest airport being Cochin International Airport, which is 83 km from the city, while buses and trains are also available.
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From Mannarasala, it took us about 45 mins to 1 hour to reach back in Alleppey. Enroute we spent some time in a lonely 'unknown' beach located some half an hour before Alleppey. Alleppey beach was somewhat crowded with people from all walks of life gathered to spend the evening time with family & friends, as the Sun was setting behind the vast limitless expanse of the Arabian Sea. We spent some joyful time with each of us taking turns for our personal photoshoots and playing with the sea waves. Before wrapping up the trip to Alleppey, last one thing attracted my attention which was a broken, dilapidated iron bridge that stretched only by few hundred metres into the sea. I took some snaps of the bridge as addition to my travelogue. From the beach, we stratight away headed to the Alleppey bus stand to reach our next destination in Kerala , 60 kms north of Alleppey. ... Guess which one ?????
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.
The houseboats get you close to nature, but in a different manner altogether. A mix feel of solitude, backwaters and the nearby village... Inner peace at its zenith :) Additionally, the food and courtesy of the hosts is highly appreciable... Its a must stay place in Kerala.
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.
Nova Holidays Homestay
Our fifth stop. Reached there on 13th April. Almost 12 hours travel. On the way in the village restaurants you have standard menu of parattha, chappathi, appam, patri along with chicken/ fish/ kondakadalai/ tomato curry. As the target was to reach Trivandrum by new year, we just rested that night. lot of jack fruit trees in the campus.
Whilst we found the local ferry to be a really interesting and cheap way to see some of the backwaters, we were left wanting to explore some of the smaller and tiny canals we'd spotted. The following day we set off on a days canoe trip which Bijou our excellent host at Bella Art House and Meditation Centre, arranged for us. After a shaky start of being woken in the early hours to the sound of torrential rain and assuming the trip would be cancelled, the rain eased off and we were good to go. A little man with a huge brolly picked us up from our homestay and walked us a few blocks to meet our boatman for the day. Mr Jose (or Joss as it sounded) walked us down to the South Canal and we boarded another local ferry. After twenty minutes or so we were dropped at a small jetty near Mr Jose's house, a simple brick and tin affair but perfectly functioning and very clean. It had great views, overlooking paddy fields on one side and a medium sized canal and more paddy fields the other. We stopped here briefly for a breakfast of splendid coconut pancakes and tea prepared by Mr Jose's wife whilst he cleaned and prepared his canoe for the day.
Alleppey is graceful and greenery-fringed, disappearing into a watery world of villages, punted canoes, toddy shops and, of course, houseboats. Float along and gaze over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks. This is one of Kerala’s most mesmerisingly beautiful and relaxing experiences.
Allepey Lake Home
They are a tour agency who can fix up a perfect holiday for you in a beautiful house on the Vembanada Lake. This is a 2 room apartment with a beautiful living area, kitchen and washrooms and bathroom. There is also a caretaker cum cook who specializes in Keralite cuisine and especially if you would love to taste a fresh catch of the day. The view of the lake and the places beyond are awesome. This is like a perfect getaway from the hustle of the city and spend a peaceful vacation amidst the beauties of nature. The nearest places are the temples and the Lake Munnar.
Allepey Houseboat Cruise
This is a must experience if you happen to travel in Kerala. We took a day cruise option . You can even opt for full day cruise which includes night stay as well. Our houseboat was well equipped with bedrooms,washrooms,upperdeck,kitchen etc. We enjoyed a wholesome meal onboard which was prepared the cruise crew. The crew bought all the groceries before we started . They prepared the meals while we were lazing around. We witnessed beautiful views of paddy fields, other houseboats on the backwaters, the villages on the banks and how the local people lead their lives. Their lives are so different from ours. I saw many boats parked outside the houses of the villagers. I came across many boats with children as they were returning from school. The local women and the children were rowing their boats so effortlessly. Apart from the local life, you get to witness nature's best views . You might also be lucky to spot various birds flying over the lakes. Overall, this is a must experience which everyone must try atleast once in their lives. Few tips before you take a houseboat:- 1) Check out at least 3-4 boats before you agree to one. There is lots of variety present in Allepey 2) The rates are highly negotiable. So look out for the best deal 3) Choose a houseboat with an upper deck option. It is amazing to lounge around on the upper deck and watch the picturesque views. 4) If you dont have much time for a half day/full day cruise you can opt houseboats on hourly basis. The rates vary between 1000-1500/- per hour.
Punnamada Backwater Resort
Nehru Trophy Boat Race The annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place on the backwaters of Punnamada in Alappuzha of Kerala. The race is a rowing competition, which takes place between numerous teams who participate in this event to contend for the Nehru Trophy. The history behind the event is that, a snake boat race was conducted when Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru visited this place. He was so impressed by the enthusiasm of the rowers that he awarded the Nehru Trophy to the winners. Since then the Nehru Trophy bears a silver model of a snake boat and is awarded to the winning team of the boat race.
Haveli Backwater Resorts
Thekkady to Alleppey - BackWaters140 km away from Thekkady is Alleppy which is one of the most famous & beautiful place- The Backwaters. We were staying here at the Haveli Backwaters resort which is a boutique hotel. Its infrastructure was not good as peppervine resort but food was very yummy.Alleppey is the important point for trips into Kerala's backwaters but the town has many lakes and canals. The backwaters of Aleppey connects Kumarakom and Kochi in the north and is the main centre for the Nehru Trophy Boat Race which most of you must have seen on television.Boat Ride at BackwatersThe Venice of the East, the boat takes you through the narrow canals where you find small villages situated on the banks of the lake. Initially near the bank it was stinky near the bank but got better towards the centre. It was beautiful experience for us, we could see villagers washing clothes, and enjoying a living in the small houses near the banks.We also got see little baby coconuts that were yellow in colour and in size as small as an orange. I bought a few pieces to bring them back home :D Once back from your backwater run, we tried the coffee or at Cafe Paradiso.Our local boatman told us that the place is called backwaters because the lake water is fresh river water that comes down from the river. If you really like the monsoons, the backwaters is the place to be.