Alappuzha district of Kerala
Trip Highlights :
Backwaters, House boats and Boat races
Ideal time to visit :
August - March
Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi
Alleppey STD Code :
Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state of
Kerala. Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the town's commercial centre
lives in a maze of canals. Set in the labyrinth of Backwater channels, the
town is one of the best gateways to explore the unspoilt countryside.
A historic and romantic name from Kerala's past, Alleppey was once one of
the best known ports along the coast of Malabar. The Backwaters of Alleppey
can be best experienced in a country boat. Alleppey is a bustling, messy
town of ramshackle wood and corrugalated roof houses, chiefly significant in
the Coir industry. The large network of canals provides Alleppey its
lifeline. It has a spectacular long sandy beach. At one end are the dense
palm groves that are so characteristic of Kerala's landscape.
Tourist Attractions in Alleppey
Alleppey Beach has grown in importance as a Backwater Tourist Centre,
attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is
also famous for its Boat races, Houseboat Holidays, Beaches, Marine Products
and Coir Industry.
The small village near Ambalapuzha is popular for the black granite idol of
Lord Buddha known as Karumadikuttan. The idol dates back to 10th century
water-logged village, Champakulam boat race is the first in the list of all
boat races that are held in Kerala. Champakulam St. Mary's Church is
believed to be one of the seven established by St. Thomas. The annual feast
at this church falls on the 3rd Sunday of October every year.
It is an ancient Shri Krishna temple which is famous throughout the Kerala
for the milk porridge, 'palpayasam'. In Ambalapuzha 'Pallipana' is performed
by Velans once in twelve years.
Pathiramanal is a 10 acre island on the backwaters and acts as an abode to
many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world.
This little island on the backwaters is a favorite spot of hundreds of rare
migratory birds from different parts of the world. It is only accessible by
Climate and Best time to visit
Alleppey experiences an enjoyable atmosphere throughout the year. The
temperature ranges from 22ºC - 35ºC in summers and 20ºC - 32ºC
during winters. This place mostly has marine climate. The months from
January to april and August to October are the ideal months to visit it.
Alleppey also experiences heavy monsoon showers.
Alleppey Air/Rail/Road Links
Alleppey does not have an airport but the
nearest one is Cochin International Airport (60 kms and the second one is
(150 kms) away from Alleppey.
Railway Station :
The Ernakulam Railway Station has
trains from numerous places linking this place to the rest of Kerala and
Bus Station :
There are a number of national highways
that pass by Alapuzzha and connect it to the rest of Kerala.