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Honey Chitkara Mar 24 2015

Which are the best experiences in Alleppey?

Reema Bhalla Mar 24 2015
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Here are some of the best experiences in Alleppey and we are sure that the “Land of Backwaters” is going to allure you with its beauty and magic. There’s no getting away from the cliché; Alleppey was indeed called the ‘Venice of the East’ and still has the old-world charm.

1. The Alluring Backwaters

This is a must-do on your Alleppey holiday. A backwater cruise on the Punnamada Kayal takes you along canals past scenic islands, offering sublime views of coconut and paddy fields, Chinese fishing nets and toddy tappers at work.


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2. Visit the Beautiful Islands

Alappuzha’s beauty is not merely in its backwaters but also in the man-made islands that you will find amidst the waters. These islands are hedged by mud walls, a haven for migratory birds, with paddy fields inundated with water through the year.


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The fields stand below sea level. R Block is especially famous for the fresh toddy served to guests. You could, if you wish, drop in and hang around in the toddy shop till the next boat comes.

3. Plan a trip to Mullackal

Alappuzha town is built around a Konkani Brahmin settlement known as Mullackal, and it is in this settlement that the Bhagavathy Temple is located. The settlement specializes in the trade of making sweets. The main 10-day festival at the temple is Chirappu, held in December, when all of Alappuzha is decked up with festoons and flags.


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4. Spend some time at the pristine Alleppey Beach

Alappuzha was once the busiest coast south of Mumbai, and its canals and backwaters helped in the passage of cargo — be it tea, rubber or other produce from the hills — to the sea.


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The lighthouse and the pier helped the boats ferry across, facilitating trade in their own way. Visit the famous Alleppey Beach to soak up some colonial air and enjoy panoramic views of the lighthouse.

5. A shopper’s delight


Historically, Alappuzha has known a thriving pepper and spice trade. The streets are filled with scent of limes and jasmines and sandalwood and spices. Also famous is a gold, silver and diamond street, where you will find at least 30 shops selling carefully crafted jewellery. There are loads of shopping options in Alleppey and you will love the experience to the hilt.


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6. The oh-so famous Snake Boat Race

Kuttanad’s own Olympics on water used to be a traditional local snake boat (chundan vallom) race till Jawaharlal Nehru saw one in 1952, and excitedly clambered into a boat, forgetting all security arrangements. He donated a Silver Trophy, formalizing the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.


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The race is now held on the second Saturday in August. Days ahead of the Snake Boat Race, Alappuzha’s waterways light up in anticipation with boats giving joy rides, participants rehearsing, pavilions being prepared, travel agents and ticket-sellers doing brisk business, while the hotels spill over with guests from across the globe. On the great day, locals rush over almost 5 hours early to grab a coveted spot.


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7. Enjoy a Houseboat Stay and Cruise

Want to enjoy the serene backwaters of Alleppey to the fullest? We suggest you to try a stay at these beautiful houseboats to experience the picturesque backwaters of Kerala. Another must do activity in Alleppey is the Houseboat Cruises which is a great way to soak up some of the best views all around you.


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As the houseboat moves through the palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields, you can see panoramic sights of the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals and see a variety of birds and wildlife. In addition, you can plan a stay at these luxury hotels to pamper yourself amidst luxuries and calm backwaters.


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8. Boat (Motor/ Canoe/ Ferries) Cruises

Motor boats are a quick and comfortable way to explore the lake, paddy fields, the village life and the interior canals of Alleppey along with the Vembanad Lake. This gives you an opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views and the glimpses of life along the banks in a short time span.


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For a non-guided laze through the canals, opt for canoe boats. These can carry around 4 people per boat and make for an amazing relaxing afternoon. You can take these from many agencies present all over the town, who arrange for the canoe-boat tours of the backwaters. The canoe boat costs around INR 600 for four hours.

9. Take an Interesting Village Tour

Game for kayaking tours? Well, if not then we suggest you to try the village tours in Alleppey in an open canoe or a houseboat. The tour promises some unmatched views of the rustic and old Kerala and the simple life of villagers. Along with this, you can watch coir-making, boat building, toddy (palm beer) tapping and fish farming. This is surely one of the top things to do in Alleppey due to its unique and interesting theme.



10. Culinary Delights

Seafood delicacies and fish are your constant companion here. For the true local experience, taste kappa (tapioca) and karimeen pollichathu (pearl spot fish grilled over coals and covered in banana leaves) or karimeen curry.


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Excellent bakeries can be found opposite the small temples on the main street and near the jetty; their fruit cake has a rich brown heavy Christmasy quality all round the year. Enjoy a whole range of cuisines at the local restaurants in Alleppey and come back with delicious memories.

Soak up these best experiences in Alleppey and bring back a world of memories with you. Also, check out the attractive package deals in Kerala to get the best of offers on your next vacation.

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