Alappuzha is well known as “Venice of the East.” The backwater district is picturesque with its inland backwater channels fringed with coconut trees. Alappuzha is also called Alleppey. The green paddy fields add an extra vibe to the land of houseboats. No vacation in Alappuzha is complete without a luxury cruise on the houseboats.
The houseboats in Alappuzha are revamped versions of the Kettuvallams of the past. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam word that means ‘Kettu‘ implies living structures, and ‘Vallom‘ signifies vessel. In the former times, Kettuvallam, or a container with a covered rooftop that spreads over wooden bodies was utilized to convey vast amounts of rice and spices.
The modern luxury houseboats come equipped with AC, toilets, comfortable parlors, a kitchen, and even a balcony. An exquisite view of the backwaters fringed with coconut trees can be enjoyed from a houseboat. An ideal spot to loosen up with its laidback canals and abundant greenery. The Alappuzha beaches with a 137-year-old pier reaching out into the ocean and an old seventeenth-century lighthouse constructed by the Portuguese add to the enchantment of the spot. It is well known for its boat races, marine products, and coir industry.
So prepare to meander around this little downtown area with its simple matrix of channels. Head west to the beaches or backwaters. Alappuzha gets vibrant and green, disappearing into a watery universe of villages, punted kayaks, hard stuff toddy shops, and, obviously, houseboats. Buoy along and look over paddy fields of lush green, well-proportioned paddy fields and town life along the banks. Admittedly, it is here that nature has spent up on the land her most extravagant bounties.
The beauty of Alappuzha cannot be restricted to the backwaters. There are destinations beyond the backwaters that add to the beauty of the land. These places are the best sightseeing spots you must visit.
Alappuzha sightseeing places:-
With thick palm forests, a beautiful park close by, an old lighthouse, immaculate views, and a beguiling mix of the ocean trenches, tidal ponds, and freshwater waterways all under one rooftop, Alappuzha Beach is among the top spots to visit in Alappuzha. The pleasant seashore gives an ideal area for a significant number of films. The seaside is a heaven for individuals looking for unwinding just as for those ready to enjoy parasailing, seashore volleyball, and surfing.
11 km from Alappuzha in the curious town of Mararikulam, Marari Beach is the ideal spot for unwinding, a family trip, or a romantic walk with your sweetheart. The ocean water is perfect for swimming — various luxurious resorts and homestay settlements are present in the territory.
Celebrated as the ‘Tidal pond of Darkness’ among travelers and a boon among hardcore nature photographers, Andhakaranazhi is a perfect beach found 31 km from Alappuzha on the Kochi – Alappuzha route. Home to the excessively beautiful Manakkodam lighthouse, the beach is the place the backwaters and the Arabian Sea blend.
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
The temple was constructed in 790 AD. The temple is a Hindu sanctuary famous for the ‘pal payasam’, a tasty sweet pudding made out of rice and milk offered to the divinities just as the guests there. Popular among guests as the ‘Dwaraka of the South‘, this sanctuary is among the profoundly prescribed spots to see in Alappuzha.
St. Mary Forane Church
This church is one of the famous Christian places of worship in the nation, the St Mary Forane Church, has a position with the Syro Malabar Church under the Archeparchy of Changanassery. It is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in Alappuzha attributable to its superb model, wall paintings, and the dazzling view of the backwaters flowing nearby.
Prominently referred to in the South as the Rice Bowl of Kerala, the town of Kuttanad is a spot on the planet where cultivation is done on land that is under sea level. Its large pleasant paddy fields, the toddy tapping, duck farms, coconut trees, and fishing charm voyagers from everywhere throughout the world. The food here is finger-licking good.
The town is celebrated significantly for the KarumadiKuttanam, a half-broken dark quartz statue of Buddha, an uncommon sight to see in Southern India. The residents practice many strange and fascinating traditions related to the statue here that draw in voyagers, archeologists, and narrative producers consistently.
The Alappuzha Lighthouse, when a marker of the busiest ports and exchange focuses of Kerala, is currently a significant verifiable landmark in Alappuzha, and the first of its sort along the Arabian coast. One can go to the top and appreciate the great green scapes of the whole Alappuzha town.
The Krishnapuram Palace is notable for its great Keralan design, gabled rooftop, slender hallways, and dormer windows. The castle cum historical center houses the GajendraMoksham, one of the greatest divider works of art in Kerala.
The island is very picturesque, and the surroundings are pristine. The island is additionally an extraordinary spot for individuals who appreciate birdwatching. There are around 90 types of birds that can be spotted on the island and another 50 types of migrant fowls.
Spreading over many districts of Kerala Vembanad Lake is the second biggest lake in Kerala. Lying in the core of Kerala backwaters, the lake is famous for its beautiful scenery.
Funday Alappuzha houseboat tour packages
Funday offers some of the best Alappuzha houseboat tour packages in the state. All our houseboat partners come under the following categories:
- Conference houseboats
- Premium houseboats
- Honeymoon houseboats
- Deluxe houseboats
The facilities and the ambiance offered by the houseboats are equal to the experience of a premium resort. The staff on the cruise are friendly, helpful, and trustworthy. The chiefs recruited into the journey are experts in the field who make the best seafood cuisines. Here are some of the houseboat tour packages we offer:
- 4 Days 3 Nights: Alappuzha – Kumbalangi – Kochi – Funday’s Amazing Backwater Packages
- 4 Days And 3 Nights: Munnar – Thekkady – Alappuzha: Funday Classic Tour And Travel Package
Please note that most of our packages that include Alappuzha in the itinerary have houseboat cruising.
How to reach Alappuzha from Thiruvananthapuram?
Alappuzha is at a distance of about 160kms. You may reach Alappuzha from Thiruvananthapuram either by road or train.
By road, it is nearly 4 hours’ drive by car or bus.
By train, it is a 3-hour duration. Board train from Thiruvananthapuram railway station and reach Alappuzha railway station.
How to reach Alappuzha from Kochi?
Alappuzha is at a distance of 61kms from Kochi. You may reach Alappuzha by train or road. From the Kochi railway station, it takes 1 hour to reach Alappuzha railway station. By road, it takes around 1 hour 30 minutes by car or bus.
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