the sobriquet of the 'Venice of the East', the backwater town of Alappuzha
(previously Alleppey) in Kerala is a destination of placidity and beauty. It
first gives you peace of mind and then a joy forever. In the olden days, it
was a flourishing port on the Malabar coast. Today, it is known for its coir
industry and prawn farming. For a tourist, it offers fascinating houseboat
cruises, traditional boat races and sights that haunt the memory for a long
time to come.
Climate & Best Time
The town has a tropical and humid climate. Summers are hot with temperature
averaging between 22.5 degrees and 35 degrees centigrade. Winters are not
very cold. Temperature during this period drops down to a minimum of 20
degrees centigrade. July, August and September are the main monsoon months.
The town receives a good amount of rainfall during this period.
Places to Visit
Its wonderful location on the banks of the Vembanad Lake provides it with
numerous charms. From historical remnants and places of worship to an eyeful
view of the natural wonders, the town has a good deal to offer to its
» Alappuzha Beach
A major draw for tourists, the Alappuzha Beach of Kerala is a nice place to
spend some quiet moments with one's family and friends. The 140-year-old
pier and an ancient lighthouse attract much attention.
Just 14 km from Alappuzha, it is an important centre of pilgrimage both for
locals and tourists. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple also epitomises
the typical Keralan temple architecture.
» Chettikulangara Bhagwathy Temple
The temple is a regular haunt of locals, for they believe that the deity of
the temple holds some exceptional powers. A trip to the temple during
FebruaryMarch (festival time) can be much rewarding for the tourist.
of the biggest draws for visitors to Alappuzha is the region of Kuttanad.
Aptly known as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala', it is a place where rice farming
is done below sea level. Its geographical features might also remind of
While at Alappuzha, you can choose to stay at luxurious backwater resorts
or heritage hotels. These hotels and resorts also offer rejuvenating
Ayurveda packages along with all the basic amenities. Tourists prefer to
stay at hotels (or resorts) like Punnamada Backwater Resort, Kayaloram Lake
Resort, Keraleeyam Heritage & Ayurvedic Resort, Alleppey Prince Hotel
The town of Alappuzha lies close to the Kochi International Airport (65
km). Thiruvananthapuram, at a distance of 150 km, is another international
airport. Through rail routes, Alappuzha has connections with all the major
destinations of Kerala. The road-network of Alappuzha connects it to the key
destinations of the state and the country. Besides, you can also avail of
numerous boat services reaching different backwaters of the state like
Kumarakom, Quilon, Changanacherry, Chengannor, Cochin etc.