Along with the rustic rivers, coconut trees and azure lagoons, Alleppey or Alappuzha in the South Indian state of Kerala offers a coastline that renders a picture-perfect backwater view and is famous for the Alleppey House Boats. Located in Kochi, the interconnected canals and backwaters attract a lot of tourists from all over the world. Similar to Venice, this palace is a love birds' paradise. Planning to propose to your lover or just want a romantic getaway or maybe honeymoon, you are at the right place. Not only the houseboats but in Alleppey, you'll get plenty of homestays and Ayurvedic Resorts that make the stay rejuvenating and relaxing.
Stroll in the Alleppey houseboats and get a glimpse of the local lifestyle, green paddy fields and the backwaters. If you are planning the visit in August, then make sure to see the snake boat competition. Do taste the local wine 'toddy' with some lip-smacking seafood to make your trip as authentic as possible.
Top tourist attractions in Alleppey :
Palm trees, blue waters, sand and sky, if these words elevated your heartbeat, then you must be a beach person. Whether or not you are a beach person, a visit to Alappuzha beach will make you one. The fathomless sea, breeze and a low crowd will enchant your days. Hold the hand of your beloved or play with your kids on the beach. It will be a memory to cherish forever. The best time to visit the place is from November to February and March to May. There are several adventure activities like paragliding, beach volleyball and surfing. The 150 years old lighthouse built by Maharaja Rama Varma of Travancore is a must-visit.
This palace was built in the 18th century by Maharaja AniZham Thirunal Matthanda Varma, the then ruler of Travancore. This is a rare specimen of Keralian Architecture of the 18th century. The rich colours and the designs will take you back in time. There is a mural of Gajendra Moksham, which depicts a mythological story about Lord Vishnu saving an elephant who was his devotee. The time to visit this place is from 9.30 a.m to 4.30 p.m. It is closed on national holidays and Mondays.
Mary Forane Church
This church is the oldest catholic church in Kerala, dating back to 835 AD. The ancient stones engraved with Thaliyola in the 'Nanam Monam' will let you know about the art and architecture of the period. It attracts devotees from all over the world.
Triveni floating market
This is a state-owned market and a perfect place for a day trip. Buy fruits, vegetables, stationeries, etc., while visiting this market. All the shops are boats floating in the waters. It is one of the best places to visit in Alleppey. But the local vegetables and other food supplies, go to your place and look for the best Karelian cuisine and cook and enjoy it. The timing of this market is 8 a.m to 6 p.m.
Though mentioned, at last, this is the first thing that you ought to do as soon as you set your foot in Alleppey. There is an array of houseboats dotting the waters of Alleppey. And we would like to mention a few houseboats that will make your experience to relish for life.
Spice Coast Cruise: It has air-conditioned rooms and is situated in Alleppey, about 16 km from the Nehru Trophy Fishing Point. Free private parking is available. The area is perfect for cycling, and also they provide car rentals.
Aqua Castle Houseboat: They provide air-conditioned rooms with t.v; the rooms also have a fully equipped kitchen set up. There are a lot of activities that you'll enjoy during your stay in this Alleppey houseboat.
luxury Megha Varsham 5BHK: One of the best Alleppey Houseboats gives you air-conditioned rooms. They provide continental breakfast every morning. This is nearest to the Kochi International Airport.
Xandari Riverscape: This is a fleet of houseboats that floats along Vembanad Lake and Alleppey. Guests can stay in the air-conditioned rooms and view the scenery from the deck. Laundry service and an on-call doctor are available on this houseboat.
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