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.
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.
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.