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Alappuzha also known as Alleppey is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east". These large networks of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline.
Alleppey is an important tourist destination in India. The Backwaters of Alleppey are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Quilon to the South. Alleppey is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alleppey, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India. The boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey give one firsthand experience of the life style which see fishing for small fry, Coir-making, prawn farming etc that has remains more or less unchanged over the years.
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The city is accessible by air, rail, road and water. Cochin International Airport, which is 78 kilometres to the North is the closest airport. Alleppey Railway Station is linked by rail to cities like Trivandrum, Kollam, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai and Mumbai. National Highway NH 47 passes through the city connecting the city to other major cities like Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kollam, and Trivandrum. There are number of options for stay in Alleppey in every budget but most of the tourists prefer houseboats.
Places Of Interest in Alleppey
Canal Cruise Alleppey
If you are cherishing the idea of spending some good time amidst the sights and sounds of the hydrosphere, then step into a country boat and wind through the labyrinth of canals in Alleppey. While cruising through these canals, one would come across the many interesting aspects of day-to-day life on land and water.
A wide range of cruise options are available here - from small country boats to luxury houseboats and small speedboats to big passenger motorboats. Small boats are preferred for cruise through the canals.
The canal networks linked to the Vembanad Lake offer an inspiring and interesting experience. Enjoy the sights of vast stretches of paddy fields, coconut lagoons and pied King Fishers hurtling down to catch the fish.
Boats can be hired from the jetty, close to the KSRTC bus station.
Backwater Cruise Alleppey
How about a backwater cruise, enjoying the comfort of a luxurious houseboat. You can hire one from Alleppey. Feel free and relaxed as your eyes, first lazily and then passionately enjoy the bewitching Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater stretch in Kerala. The house boats have fully furnished single and double rooms with sundeck, private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with WC. In addition there is also separate rest room for the crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef and two oarsmen. The cuisine is traditional Kerala flavour with the local specialities delicious fish and prawns. There are single bedroom houseboats for two people and two bedroom houseboats for four people.
Ayurveda Spa Alleppey
Sprouted in the pristine land of India some 5000 years ago, Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity, is the oldest healthcare system in the world and it combines the profound thoughts of medicine and philosophy. Since then Ayurveda has stood for the wholesome physical, mental and spiritual growth of humanity around the world. Today, it's a unique, indispensable branch of medicine, a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humours - vata, pitta and kapha - to achieve the right balance. Kerala as such is world famous for Ayurveda therapy not only in India but also abroad. Thousand of foreign nations come here for Ayurvedic treatment and therapy. Alleppey have some of the best ayurveda center and you can visit there to soothe and recharge your physical, mental and spiritual forces.
Other Attractions Alleppey
Other attractions in Alleppey are Alleppey Beach, offering one of the most beautiful views of the Laccadive Sea, Alleppey Sri Krishna Temple, Arthunkal Basilica, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Haripad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Edathua Church, Alleppey CSI Christ Church (oldest Anglican church in Kerala) and Champakulam Valia Palli. Krishnapuram Palace also attracts many tourists. The tasty Alleppey payasam is a popular dessert.
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