Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a tropical coastal town, in a region webbed by canals and fishing areas on the southern coast of the state of Kerala. Lying on a narrow land spit between the Arabian Sea and Vembanad Lake, south of Kochi (formerly Cochin), southern coastal state of Kerala. The British opened Alleppey’s port to foreign trade in the late 18th century to end the commercial supremacy of the Dutch trading post at Porakad, a short distance away.Read More
Alappuzha is known as the ‘houseboat city’ as it is from here that many Keralan backwaters cruises commence and end. Some have likened the town's maze of watery roads to certain European cities, dubbing the town the "Venice of the East". Chugging slowly on these vessels through the shallow, palm-fringed waters visitors see a part of Keralan society that revolves around fishing and the processing of coir (coconut fibre), copra (dried coconut meat) and cashews.
Alappuzha is also famous for the Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race that is held annually on the second Saturday in August at Lake Vembanad. Scores of long, low-slung snake boats crewed by up to 100 rowers apiece and shaded by gleaming silk umbrellas compete for the Nehru Cup at this popular regatta that celebrates the seafaring traditions of ancient Kerala. This ramshackle little town might not have any of the show-stopping monuments found in many other Indian cities, but its peaceful vibe and lush rice paddies are definitely worth a visit.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Alleppey
If you are planning a Alleppey holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Deluxe Houseboat Alleppey
There are few things as serene and tranquil as floating along the Keralan backwaters in the comfort of a luxurious houseboat. Deluxe houseboats are elegantly furnished, with up to four bedrooms, equipped with modern en suites, an open lounge, dining area and a deck to relax and admire the beautiful views of the lush green palms and rice paddies. Air conditioning operates in the bedrooms between 9pm to 6am only. The cruises are full board, with tasty meals freshly prepared by the onboard chef.
Alleppey Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Alleppey.