Posted/Updated on April 28, 2010
Alleppey (Alappuzha) is a District of immense natural beauty in Kerala. Today, Alappuzha has grown in importance as a Backwater Tourist Centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year.It is also famous for boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir products. It ia also known as the Venice of The East. For a total Alappuzha experience traverse the canals on small vallams (Boats) or anchor in the middle of the backwater lakes on a Kettuvallam (rice boat converted to cozy house boats) - spend the night under the star lit sky, listening to the splash of water on to the boat.

Alleppy Back Waters - Kerala
Alleppy Back Waters - Kerala

Boat with Coconuts on Alleppy Backwater Canals
Boat with Coconuts on Alleppy Backwater Canals

Alleppy Canals
Alleppy Canals

Alleppy City
Alleppy City with Canals

Prime Attractions of Alleppey

Pathiramanal

This Island on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat.

Pathiramanal - Alleppy
Pathiramanal Alleppy

Pathiramanal - Alleppy
Pathiramanal Alleppyn

R-Block
This area in Kerala is very famous for its backwaters and you can have very beautiful scenes of paddy fields. This is one of the places in the world where farming is done below sea level.This is a popular location in the Kerala tour.

Alleppy Back Waters - Kerala
Alleppy Back Waters - Kerala

Alleppey Beach
Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. . The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. There is also an old lighthouse, which is greatly fascinating to the tourists of Kerala.

Alleppey Beach
Alleppey Beach

Krishnapuram Palace
Built by Marthanda Varma, it is at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam and is famous for its mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. In this 18-century museum you can see antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes.
Krishnapuram Palace
Krishnapuram Palace

Boat Race
Allappuzha Backwater is world famous for its Snake Boat Race. Boat Races usually take place at the time of Onam festival

Snake Boat Race Alleppy
Snake Boat Race Alleppy

Some of the important boat races are:
1. Nehru Trophy Boat Race (2nd Saturday of August)
2. Payippad Jalotsavam (4th Onam Day)
3. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race (July)

How to Reach Alleppey
By Air:
The airport nearest to Alleppey is Kochi at a distance of 64 km north.
The Trivandrum airport is located 159 km south of Alleppey.

Cities like Cochin, Chennai, Howrah, Bangalore and Bokaro are well connected to Alleppey.

By Rail:
Alleppey is also well connected through waterways. Alleppey is linked by boat and ferry services through the scenic backwaters to Cochin, Kottayam, Kavalam, Changanassery and Chengannur.

By Road:
National Highway 47 goes through Alleppey connecting it with almost all the nearby places of South India

Travel in Alleppey
Water transport is available too for travel in Alleppey especially for leisure trips. There are regular government boats and also the luxury boats serviced by both the state government tourism department as well as private agencies. Alleppey is connected with Cochin (5 1/2 hrs), Quilon (8 hrs) and Kottayam (2 1/2 hrs) through water.

Best time to visit : August to March