With the deep Arabian Sea lining its coast, Alappuzha nestles in the lap of nature, as an intricate grid of canals, lagoons, and waterways weaves through its landscape. Untouched by the snares of hectic urban routines, this timeless city has a rustic feel to it
From the rhythmic rowing of the chundan boats in the backwaters to the lush green stretches of paddy fields, each of its features casts a charming spell on travelers. The colorful and diverse culture, enriched by centuries of historical influences, only adds to its mystic allure. Alappuzha, popularly known as Alleppey, is among Kerala’s historically phenomenal cities. Changing hands from the colonial powers of Portuguese and Dutch during 16th and 17th centuries, the city was eventually conquered by Marathanda Varma. The roots of the Syrian Catholic church can be traced in the city. Its vibrant culture and mesmerizing landscape have earned it the title of ‘Venice of the East' Alappuzha, with its mesmerizing natural beauty and equally captivating culture, is sure to win you over. The city boasts of a number of attractions that are worth visiting for their historical importance. From age-old temples and churches to scenic lakes and beaches, it offers much scope for sightseeing. Treat yourself to a memorable experience of soothing boat rides along Alappuzha’s stunning backwaters. Backwater cruises in cozy boathouses known as kettuvallam are certainly not to be missed. You can also go on an ecological trail, exploring the exotic flora and fauna native to the region. A ferry boat excursion to the below sea level farms at nearby Kuttanad region is another enjoyable experience. To witness the city at its cultural best, visit during the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held in the month of August. A thrilling race of the traditional snake-boats or chundan boats is held to the tune of folk music. The Alappuzha Beach Festival in December is another great time to get a glimpse of the city’s cultural flavor through performances of classical dance forms such as Kathakali and Mohiniattam. The local street markets of Alappuzha are an absolute delight for travelers. Known for its coir industry, coir wares like carpets, baskets, and mugs are available in plenty. Carved sandalwood artifacts and quality spices like pepper, areca nuts, cardamom can also be bought here. Mullakal, Champakulam, and Canal Bazaar are popular shopping areas. Being a popular tourist destination, Alappuzha boasts of numerous alternatives for traveling within the city. Auto-rickshaws are the most commonly used means of local transport. Public buses are also available for a cost-effective way of commuting in the city. Taxis can be hired from the streets while luxury cars can be booked from private owners. Exploring the city on foot is also a convenient option as some of its attractions are located close to each other. Swimming at the beaches in Alappuzha can be dangerous due to the depth of the sea and the strong currents Most of the backwaters are home to water snakes, which though not poisonous are best to be left alone
Alappuzha is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Cochin at a distance of 72kms.
Airports: Cochin International Airport
There is no regular trains to Alappuzha from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Mararikulam which is located at a distance of 10kms.
Railway Station(s): Mararikulam