Tired of the hills? Escape to Alleppey this summer! #notinhills

Tripoto
6th May 2019
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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.

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Experience a magical sunrise & sunset

The sky is pink in Kerala! Sunrise and sunsets are a sight to behold. Experience the most breathtaking sunset of your life at Alleppey beach or head to the lighthouse located close to it for a panoramic view.

View the sunrise at Punnamada Jetty, as the sun rises behind the palm trees, painting the sky in beautiful shades of pink and orange, creating the most magical reflections on the backwaters.

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Indulge in an Ayurvedic Spa

No trip to the God's own country can be complete without an Ayurvedic Spa. Body massages at Visrutha can rejuvenate the most tired urban souls.

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Be one with nature and soak in the village life

Alleppey is a treasure for nature lovers and very rich in flora & fauna alike. You can spot really interesting bird & plant species here.

Soaking in the elegant nonchalance of the village life helps in achieving mindfulness. Prance away with joy in the endless fields of rice, papaya, pineapples & bananas! Explore locally, meet new people and eat home cooked simple meals at Kuttanad - The rice bowl of India, where farming is practiced below sea level.

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Laze around on Marari Beach

Marari Beach is one of the best in the country with spotless silvery sand, palm lined shore and clear blue waters minus the maddening crowds. It shouldn't be missed on your trip here!

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What to eat

Chakara

Located right opposite Alleppey beach in the heritage stay - Raheem Residency, Chakara is great for seafood & curries.

Harbour Restaurant

This place is good to grab a drink and some finger food by the beach in a fairy-lit garden.

Cafe Catamaran

For those looking for western cuisines, Cafe Catamaran makes great sandwiches, pastas & pizzas in a perfect laid back setting looking right out on the beach.

Thaff

If you are in the search for authentic Kerala food, you cannot go wrong with a thali at Thaff.

Where to stay

Lakes and lagoons of Alleppey offer gorgeous accomodation on traditional houseboats. However, one can use the air conditioning available only after the boat is docked at 5 pm in the evening. If you are coming here during summer time, it can get very hot & humid in the day. So, it's better to stay in a good resort on the banks of the waterways rather than on a houseboat.

I highly recommend that you check out Palmgrove Lake Resort. This place is located in a very beautiful lush green setting by the backwaters making it a perfect choice for travellers who come to Alleppey for soaking in the beauty of nature.

The resort has cute backwater facing villas with open air Balinese style shower. We paid Rs.3500/- per villa per night for two guests with breakfasts. What a steal!

Photo of Palmgrove Lake Resort, Punnamada, Alappuzha, Kerala, India by Simran Jyot Kler

Beach lovers should checkout Raheem Residency, a restored 1860s heritage property. It is located right opposite Alleppey beach and houses the best restaurants in town.

Best time to visit

Winter (November to February) is the main tourist season here. It offers the best weather to enjoy everything that Alleppey has to offer.

During Monsoon (June to September), Alleppey receives very heavy rainfall. For some people, this might be the perfect weather to sit back, relax and take in the beauty of Alleppey as the rains paint on thousand shades of greens. But since the houseboats, canoes & kayaks are not operational during this time, it might be a downer for others.

Contrary to popular belief, Summer (March to May) can be a great time to visit Alleppey too. There won't be any tourist rush and most hotels, resorts & houseboats offer accommodation on discount. This could be an ideal time to enjoy a relaxing staycation in Alleppey.

How to reach

By Air - Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, 83 kms from Alleppey. You can rent a prepaid taxi from the airport or hire an Ola or Uber.

By Train - Go to Aluva railway station, get a train to Alappuzha.

By Bus - Go to Angamaly KSRTC bus stand by any taxi service or public transportation . From there take a bus to Alappuzha/Kollam/ Thiruvananthapuram.

Message me in case you have any questions regarding this trip. I'd be happy to help :)

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