Alappuzha (Alleppey) is one of the most popular travel destination in Kerala and is well known for its amazing stretch of backwaters. Alappuzha is also known as the “Venice of the East” and is one of the best tourism destination that contributes a good amount to the tourism industry in Kerala. The backwaters of Alappuzha has become the face of Kerala tourism and once cannot imagine a trip to Kerala without Alappuzha in their tour itineraries.
Houseboat tourism and backwater cruise are the two major travel activities that make Alappuzha so special and once you reach Alappuzha, you can see a huge flock of houseboats (kettuvallam) ready to take you and for a ride along the amazing backwaters. The houseboats available at the Alappuzha backwaters are of various price ranges and there are even royal houseboats which are fully air-conditioned and its facilities and amenities matches any of the best luxury hotels.
A houseboat trip through the amazing backwaters of Alappuzha is something that you cannot resist and it gives a wonderful view of the backwaters, paddy fields, villages, coconut plantations and other natural beauties. You can also visit the amazing Pathiramanal Island which is one of the most popular travel destinations around this place. If you are visiting this place during the peak festival seasons, which usually fall between the months of August and September, you could also get an opportunity to view the popular snake boat races which is held on the backwaters.
Alleppy is well connected to the other major cities of Kerala through rail and road. The nearest airport is at Kochi which is around 75 kilometers away. The travelers from other states and countries can land at Kochi and take a taxi or train to reach their destination.
Accommodation at Alappuzha
There are a lot of luxury, economic and budget hotels available in Alappuzha and this makes it easier for the travelers to find a decent accommodation. Most of the hotels and resorts available are well equipped with all the modern amenities and facilities.