Kerala is one of the best places in the world to enjoy natural beauty and relaxation. The state is blessed with many spectacular landscapes and natural wonders.
Among all that Alappuzha is the first name that comes to our mind when we think about Kerala places worth visiting. We could also say that over the years this amazing water world has kind of become the hallmark of Kerala tourism.
The backwaters of Alappuzha have been a major hit among the tourists, especially honeymooners, for many decades. The backwaters of Kerala are an interconnected labyrinth of canals, rivers, freshwater lakes and lagoons which covers about almost half the length of Kerala. In the midst of this chain of waterways lie many towns, cities and villages. Alappuzha is one of the most famous and strategically located among these places. It is surrounded by the longest lake in Kerala Vembanad Lake.
The land is blessed immensely by nature and is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ as half of it is surrounded by water. The rice bowl of Kerala Kuttanad, where farming is done below sea level, is also part of Alappuzha.
The best way to explore the beauty of Alappuzha is through travelling the length and breadth of these canals and lakes by hiring a houseboat or a country boat. You could also depend on the public transport to enjoy the sightseeing but that will be crowded.
If you are unaware of houseboat services in Alappuzha then we would love to inform you that these houseboats are the newer versions of the traditional 'kettuvallams' which were used in olden times to transport tonnes of food grains and spices from one place to other.
The modern houseboats have many facilities like that of a normal house, including furnished bedrooms (with AC), modern toilets, cosy living rooms, kitchen etc... In short, it is actually a floating house. You could enjoy the breeze and the serene backwaters while you sit on the balcony or the deck as the houseboat takes you through the tranquil water world. You could either hire it for a day or stay on the houseboat overnight.
The houseboats or the country boats will take you through the open large lakes, a network of small and large canal lanes that would give a glimpse of the slow paced and wonderful village life.
Alappuzha is also famous for many snake boat races, but to enjoy that you need to be here in between July to September. Other major attractions in Alappuzha are Marari and Alleppey beaches, old lighthouse, Karumadikuttan statue, Krishnapuram Palace, Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple, Arthunkal church among many others.
If you are a seafood lover then Alappuzha is a great place to explore some of the most mouth-watering Kerala cuisines, including pearl spot fry, tiger prawns, and duck varieties accompanied by piping hot appams and locally brewed toddy.