Alleppey, Kerala Travel Guide :
Gifted with immense natural beauty and Arabian Sea on the west, Allepey is the most popular tourist destination of Kerala. It is the sixth largest city of the Kerala. Once described by Lord Curzon as ‘’ Venice of the East’’ the town boasts of having picturesque Canals, Backwaters, Beaches and lagoons. Other than Malayalam, the native language of the town, Hindi, English and Tamil are widely spoken here. The town was founded by Raja Keshavadasan in 1762 and also known as Alappuza. Ideal time to visit Alleppey is between March and August.
Places of interest: Being one of the most popular tourist destinations of India, Alleppey is home to many places of interest. Alappuza Beach is one of the most popular tourist spot of Kerala. Champakulam Church, one of the oldest churches of Kerala, is visited by many tourists. Called as Rice Bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad is another popular tourist place and it is located at the very heart of backwater. View-park, located near the town, offers tourists swimming and boating facilities. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is also one of the most visited places around the Alleppey. Karumdikuttam is famous for 11th century statue of Buddha visited by many tourists. Arthunakal is famous for Christen pilgrimage center the St. Sebastian’s church located here draws many tourists and pilgrims. How to get there: Road and rail connect Alleppey to other major cities and towns of the state and country. State run buses as well as private luxury buses connect the town to other cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore etc. Trains connect Alleppey to many other cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode Bangalore, Chennai, etc. Cochin Inter National Airport is nearest air port to Alleppey.
Other details: KreamKomer is a place where one can have Indian as well as Chinese dishes. Keraleeyam Heritge is ideal place for traditional cuisine of Kerala. The Food served here comprises of rice, spicy curries, streamed rice cake etc. Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race is fascinating event of Alleppey. The race is organized in the month of August every year. It draws thousands of tourists from many parts of state and country. The race is named after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who inaugurated the first race in 1952. A number of traditional snake boats, each one manned by over 100 men, are seen competing for the Cup. This is very interesting event for the tourists. Ambalapuzha Temple festival is another fascinating event of Appelley. The event is very impressive with five elephants carrying the Krishna idol for quite a long distance with the Music accompaniments.