Squeezed between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Alleppey is a tropical paradise like no other that will breathe fresh life into anyone who comes here to witness the gorgeous canals, palm fringed beaches and acres of paddy fields, for real.
The backwaters are not only a star tourist attraction but also crucial highways in Kerala. Many villagers still use boats and canoes as their main form of transport to commute on these grids of canals everyday.
A summer getaway to the very Venice like - Alleppey, is just perfect to slow down, disconnect from the every day stresses of city life and recharge for a bit.
What to do
Hop on a backwater Cruise
If, like us, you're not too picky about stopping for touristy "village tours", I recommend you board a public ferry or hire a motorboat with comfortable seating which will cost you about Rs.1500 for 2 hours, depending on the season.
The route to Nedumudy goes through palm shaded narrow canals & bridges which are more lush and scenic. Panikkal backwater route is great for someone looking for a mix of wide and narrow canals.