Alappuzha –still called Alleppey by many– is the picture perfect hub of Kerala's backwaters. Known for its beautiful backwaters and houseboat vacations, the coast of Alleppey is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in Kerala.
Located close to Kochi in Kerala, Alleppey draws a multitude of tourists from not only India, but across the world. Most well-known for the annual snake boat race during Onam, Alleppey is the ideal destination to visit, no matter what kind of traveller you are. Referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ by Lord Curzon, Alleppey is also famous for the temples and ancient sites that are an absolute delight for history buffs and anyone who loves art.
When visiting Alleppey there’s plenty to do in and out of the backwaters! A houseboat/Shikara ride is a must-do and taken for granted, but one can also head out and visit the beautiful lakes of Allappuzha like the Vembanad Lake. Don’t miss the Amabalapuzha Shri Krishna Temple or the Sree Nagaraja Temple, two of the best places to visit in Alleppey. If you love bird-watching, then a quick visit to Pathiramanal island is on the cards. Explore the Krishnapuram Palace and Arthunkal Church to experience amazing architecture, and go shopping in the Canal Bazaar or the Champakulam Handricrafts Market! You best stay in Alleppey for a week, because there’s so much to do. Check out all the Experiences in Alleppey below.
Destination Type: Riverside
Destinations Nearby: Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal
Languages: Malayalam and English
Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport
Summer: March to May. Temperature ranges between 28°C to 32°C.
Monsoon: June to September. Temperature ranges between 26°C to 30°C.
Winter: December to February. Temperature ranges between 27°C and 32°C.
One does not visit Alleppey and not take a boat trip down the gorgeous backwaters of Alleppey – It’s simply not done!
The longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad Lake is also the second largest wetland system in India, second only to the Sunderbans.
One of the calmest beaches in India, Marari Beach sees fewer tourists than most other commercial beaches, and is one of the best places on the west coast to view a spectacular sunrise and sunset.
One Liner: One of the most beautiful places to visit in Alleppey, Alleppey Beach is one of the most scenic and tranquil destinations in the city.
One of the seven greatest Vaishnava temples in Travancore, this temple is believed to have been built during 15th century AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran.
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple in Haripad is a very ancient and internationally known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods (Nagaraja). The famous Nagaraja temple "Mannarasala" in Haripad is nestled in a forest glade, like most snake temples.
Pathiramanal is a bird watcher’s paradise. This small island on the backwaters is a safe haven for hundreds of rare migrating birds.
A one-of-a-kind bazaar in India, the Canal Bazaar is must visit for spice lovers!
The Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha. The Krishnapuram Palace, as one of the finest and rarest examples of a typical Keralite-style architecture, known in the local language as Pathinarukettu, is complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. It is a miniature replica of Padmanabhapuram Palace, which was the headquarters of Travancore Rajas.
St. Andrew's Church, Arthunkal is one of the famous pilgrim centres located at Alappuzha in South India. It is the largest shrine of St Sebastian in the world.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is among the most popular bird watching spots in the country. Spread out over 14 hectares, one comes across numerous rare avian species in these parts.