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September 13, 2013
Location of Alleppey
Alleppey or Alappuzha is a city situated on the coast of the Laccadive Sea in Kerala. The city is located in the Alappuzha District of Kerala and is often referred as the Venice of the East. Alleppey is an important tourist center in Kerala. It is known for its backwater tourism and snake boat races which is synonymous with the festival of Onam celebrated in Kerala.
Tourist Attractions in Alleppey
Alleppey is an exciting place and the biggest tourist attraction here are the houseboats and the backwaters. These houseboats offer totally a unique experience. Some of them even have spas and massage facilities. Shopping, cruising, village tours and local cuisines is what travellers love to indulge in at Alleppey. Some other interesting attractions in Alleppey are:
Alappuzha Beach
Mullakkal Temple
Mannarasala Temple
Alappuzha CSI Christ Church
Hotels and Accommodation
The tourist season in Alleppey would be from September till March. It is advisable to book hotels well in advance during the peak season. There are several hotels, Ayurvedic resorts and also houseboats in Alleppey, which are fit for every pocket. Hotels and resorts which are near the shore or backwaters are more preferred. Boat houses may cost from Rs 5,000 to Rs 13,000, based on the itinerary chosen.
How to Reach Alleppey
Reaching Alleppey is no issue as thousands of visitors come here every year. This city is accessible by all means of transportation, i.e., rail, road, air as well as water. Water transportation is a popular means of transport in Alleppey. The National Waterway No. 3 also passes through Alleppey.
Alleppey has its own railway station, at a distance of around 4 km from the city centre. The Alappuzha Railway Station is connected to major cities like Kochi, Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Chennai, etc. As a prime destination, many trains from important cities go through this station.
Alleppey is located on National Highway No. 47 and is well linked with major cities in the state and neighbouring states. KSRTC operates buses connecting Alleppey to major cities in Kerala. Private buses are also available for interstate destinations like Chennai, Bangalore and Mangalore.
The Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Alleppey and is located at a distance of around 83 km. Daily flights are available to this airport from major cities in India. The other nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at a distance of around 150 km.
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