Alleppy is a delight to experience. Backwaters, Houseboat, food, scenery, etc. People use boats for conveyance to office, school and other places. You can take a Houseboat for stay to experience the calmness of nature as it rows amidst the lush of trees. For sea food lovers, Alleppy offers food delights cooked in indigenous local spices. Not to forget, Kerala spices was the reason why Europeans got to India which makes the food a must to do on the list. Local tea more popularly known as 'Masala chai' is another refreshing experience for tea lovers. If you are a fish lover don't forget to enjoy Karimeen fish baked inside banana leaf. Alleppy has lots of seafood options available cooked in local spices in traditional way.
Anyway, I had a very mixed experience at Alleppy . While the lifestyle is a jewel of an experience, much of what is written, heard is contrary to what I saw. The water in the lakes and estuaries is getting dirty gradually. I wonder how do the locals survive using it for their daily needs. There is an urgency to address this issue to keep the famous backwater attractions alive and popular as they are . This place is best for tourists and travellers.
*You can enjoy the magical backwaters without paying any hefty amount you can take :
Canoe - for only Rs 200 per hour with the driver constantly guiding you.
Chakara - in less than Rs 500 you can enjoy backwaters in this large covered boat.
You can choose public boats available for local people.