Alleppey, famous for its beautiful backwaters is a city located in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Alleppey is known as the “Venice of the East”. It is one of the important destination of India. The beaches, temples and boat races made this place famous. Alleppey houses many spa and ayurvedic wellness centres. Backwaters of Alleppey is the major tourist attraction in Kerala. Backwaters connects Kumarakom to Cochin and Quilon. This place is famous for the crisscrossing of the sea and many canals.
Backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes. Backwaters are parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. Backwaters includes five large lakes linked by canals and fed by 38 rivers. All the lakes and rivers are inter connected to each other. Another beautiful experience at Alleppey is houseboat cruise. Tourists can get the houseboats in the backwaters. Now-a-days houseboats are equipped with all the comfort of a good hotel room. The backwaters with the boathouses makes Alleppey worth visiting.
Alleppey Beach, Marai Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vijay Beach Park are some of the places near to Alleppey. Alleppey is the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race, which is held, held on second Saturday of August every year. It is the most popular of the boat races in India. This event is named after the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. In this tournament the winners get a trophy in the form of a silver snake boat on a wooden pedestal.
The climate of Alleppey is humid. Summers are hot here. This place experiences a long monsoon. June to March is the best time to visit Alleppey. Don’t forget to taste Appams and Idlis here. These are the famous cuisine of Alleppey. Alleppey is well connected by rail and roads. So, tourists can reach easily here.
Best time to visit Allepey is during the months of September to March.
By Air: The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kiolmetres is the nearest airport to Allepey.
By Train: The Alleppey Railway Station lies within the city limits and is well connected by rail to Cochin and Trivandrum
By Road: Kerala State Run Transport Corporation buses connect Alleppey to most major cities in Kerala. Luxury air-conditioned buses also operate from cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore and Coimbatore to Alleppey.