India is the home of Gandhi, "The Jungle Book” and the Taj Mahal. It is also the home of Alleppey, one of the most widely visited districts in the country.
The name Alleppey (Alappuzha) means “the joint place of the river and sea.” Located in the state of Kerala, it is one of the major tourist destinations in all of India. The district is known as the “Venice of the east” because of its many canals and waterways.
Things to do in Alleppey
Snake boat races
Alleppey is well known of its traditional event, the snake boat race (known best as Vallam Kali). These Chundan Vallams (snake boats), made of wood and often stretching more than 100 feet, are a strong symbol of the Kerala culture. Powered by as many as 120 people, they are adorned with lace and decorative umbrellas. One of the most popular of these is Nehru Trophy Boat Race, named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India.
Tourists and natives alike flock to the waters to witness the exciting race.
Houseboat renting is wildly popular and gives visitors firsthand access to one of the districts major attractions: the waterways.
Park your houseboat on the shore or take it drifting through the maze of canals, channels and lagoons. You can rent small boats for individuals or larger ones for groups (ideal for multiple couples). Chefs and tour guides can also be added to some of the packages.
Where ordinary towns have streets and sidewalks, Alleppey utilizes a seemingly never ending chain of backwater alleys. They weave and crisscross through the district, giving tourists the best way to experience Alleppey’s many different villages, residences and places of worship.
Getting "lost" in the backwaters of Alleppey isn't a problem, it's paradise.
Alleppey is known for its lavish festivals. Song and dance have come to represent the district and state. Traditional music, drums and garb signal the procession of festival participants, who sing and move in recognition of religion, Gods and life.
No matter when you travel to Alleppey, you can almost always find a festival to attend. And participate in.
Religion is a fundamental cornerstone of every society. In Alleppey, revered customs and new beliefs have managed to merge and blend, creating a uniquely diversified land.
Alleppey possesses some of the most beautiful temples, mosques and houses of worship in the country. Tourists come from around the world to visit them, pray in them and photograph them.
It doesn’t matter whether you are family or foreigner, in Alleppey all are welcomed to rejoice in the time honored traditions. India believes strongly in camaraderie and acceptance. Residents of Alleppey love to regale visitors with their history.
Alleppey has a population of over 2 million people. There are more than 40 cities and villages in the district, including Aryad, Kalavoor and Pallana. Each offers its own distinct flavor, while at the same time retaining the overall feel of the district.
Fall and winter are the best times to visit Alleppey. Summers are hot, but the many rivers, lagoons and lakes mean that a cool retreat from the sun is never too far.
Come to Alleppey
Alleppey is an unforgettable experience in an unforgettable country. Shaded by coconut trees and nestled upon endless canals, the district has become one of India’s most reliable tourist destinations.
It possesses a natural beauty no brochure or second-hand story could truly capture.
Places of interestAlappuzha Beach
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Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
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Arthunkal is is located 8 km west of Cherthala and ...read more
Champakulam Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in ...read more
Champakulam Moolam Boat Race
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Constructed like the medieval churches of Europe, the Edathua Church ...read more
Karumadikuttan is 9/10th century granite statue of Lord Gautham Buddha. ...read more