or Alappuzha is yet another romantic name in the history of Kerala. The
green country side, pristine beaches, rivers and hills, the backwaters make
it an awesome holiday destination for Alappuzha Beach. Often called as the
Venice of the East, this is one of the gateways to explore unspoilt country
side. One of the best known ports along with the Malabar Coast, Alappuzha
woos tourist with its age old charm. Alappuzha is well-known on the tourist
trail as one of the major centres for backwater cruises. Lush vegetation and
a wide array of wildlife unlike anywhere else in the country will give you a
feel of serene heaven. Its palm fringed roads leads to the pleasant lakeside
where Keralian life appears much more attractive.
Other then the backwater cruises and boat race, you can visit here Vijaya
Beach Park (1500 to20:00 hrs), Lighthouse, Kuttanad, Chettikulangara
Bhagvathy Temple etc. You can also go for an excursion in Pathiramanal
Island. Champakulam Church is one of the important places of worship.
Best Time to Visit
The ideal time to visit Alappuzha is during the winter. Pleasant and humid
like other places of Kerala; Alappuzha will give you a soothing ambience.
Where to Eat
One of the most popular places to eat in Alappuzha is Kamala Hotel's Arun
restaurant. If you want to get good food at a cheap rate then restaurant and
snacks bar at DTPC jetty will cater your need. Besides this some other major
important eateries are Indian coffee house, Annapoorna, Kream Korner,
Aryaas, Thoppi, Karthika Hotel etc.
How to Reach
Alappuzha nearest airport is Kochi International Airport, about 85 km away.
Alappuzha railway station which is about 5 km from the beach is connected to
all major cities pf the country with express trains. State Water Transport
Department operates boat services which connect Alappuzha with other places
like Kottaym (2.5 hrs), Kovalam (1.5hrs), Nedumudy (1.5 hrs) etc.
Beach Resorts and Hotels
If you need to stay near the city centre then there are some great places
to stay. If you are willing to travel a little bit then you will have a wide
range of choices for your lodging purpose. For traditional atmosphere you
can try Sona or Keraleeyam. The Alleppey prince is close to the city centre
will offer you backwater trips with other facilities. Apart from this some
good places to live are:
The Marathi Beach
Punnamada Backwater Resort
Coir Village Lake Resort