Backwaters

#1 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

Alappuzha is a magnificent destination in Kerala with a mix of Backwaters and Beach. Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea close to the banks of Vembanad Lake, among the most famous Alleppey tourist places.

Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destination of backwaters in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience that one must try during Alleppey Trip. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Kollam to the South. The never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, shimmering water, and long canals around Alappuzha make it a delightful destination.

It is popularly known as the 'Venice of the East'. Alleppey is also known for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race held in Punnamada Lake on the second Saturday of August every .....

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Beach

#2 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 2 km from Alappuzha Railway Station, Alappuzha beach is a lovely white sand beach on the Arabian Sea coast. It is one of the famous beaches in Kerala, and among the top places to visit as part of Alleppey holiday packages.

Known for its swaying beauty and alluring charm, Alleppey Beach or Alappuzha Beach is a scenic marvel for beachgoers. Adding more to the appeal of Alleppey Beach, there is a 150 years old pier that allows the visitors to take a stroll over the playful waves and get soaked with the enchanting beauty of the Arabian Sea! Alappuzha Lighthouse is situated near to the beach. The Children's Park at the northern end of the beach is a good place to hang out for kids. There are no water sports facilities at the beach.

Besides, the beach is the venue for the famous Alappuzha Beach Festival. Held in April, the festival hosts an array of events such as .....

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Pilgrimage

#3 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 14 km from Alappuzha Railway Station, Sri Krishna Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located in Ambalapuzha. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Kerala, and among the best places to visit as part of Alleppey packages.

Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is believed to have been built during the 15th century AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran.It is one of the seven greatest Vaishnava temples in Travancore, and among the major Alleppey places to visit.

Built-in typical Kerala style of temple architecture, this temple is famous for Pala Payasam (sweet pudding made of rice and milk) served to the devotees. The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to the Parthasarthi form of Vishnu, holding a .....

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Backwaters | Nature

#4 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

Kuttanad is a region in Alappuzha district that is known as 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' for the vast paddy fields. With seven rivers flowing through it (Pampa, Manimala, Achencoil, Meenachil, Moovattupuzha, Chalackudy & Periyar), Kuttanad is breathtakingly beautiful. Kuttanad is also popular as an ideal place for Kerala backwaters trip in a houseboat. It is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Kochi & Alappuzha. Kuttanad is one of the very few places in the world where farming is done below the sea level.

The most popular route taken to explore Kuttanad is the Alappuzha - Changanassery route. This road takes you through the heart of Kuttanad region demonstrating the daily life of people in the region. The possible activities for the tourists in this region are to visit villages and enjoy the daily life of villagers, walk along .....

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Heritage

#5 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 6 km from Alappuzha Railway Station, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is an annual boat race held in Punnamada Lake near Alleppey. It is the most competitive and popular boat race in Kerala, and among the must experience things to do in Alleppey.

Named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the boat race is conducted on the second Saturday of August every year. The race was introduced in 1952 to celebrate Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's Alappuzha visit. Several snake boats participate in the competition, each representing a different village of the Kuttanad region. Each boat is accompanied by about 150 oarsmen, showcasing their skills on a 1.5 km race track.

On the day of this boat race, the tranquil lakefront is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including foreign tourists participate in these breathtaking celebrations as part of Alleppey sightseeing packages.

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Pilgrimage

#6 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 43 Kms from Alappuzha, Bhagavathi Temple in Chettikulangara is a 1200 years old temple believed to have been established by Lord Parashurama. This temple is the second highest revenue earner in Kerala, next to Sabarimala. It is situated near Mavelikara.

The presiding deity is Jagadambika of Chettikulangara, the Goddess of Oodanadu. This temple is now under the control of the Travancore Devasthanam Board. This temple was believed to have been consecrated by Padmapadacharyar (a leading disciple of Adi Shankara) in the year of 823 AD.

The one day annual festival is celebrated in a grand manner with rituals like Kuthiyottam and Kettukazcha. These colorful rituals have boys dancing in trance, colossal effigies of horses, decorated chariots and art forms like Patayani and Kolkkali. The temple has a giant multi-tiered stone lamp which can hold 1001 wicks.

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Pilgrimage

#7 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 23 Kms from Alappuzha Railway Station, Arthunkal Church, also known as St. Andrew's Forane Church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala. It is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea

Dedicated to St.Sebastian, this church comes under the Latin order. The Arthunkal Feast is celebrated for 11days. The highlights of the concluding day of the festival include a special ritual in which the devotees crawl on their knees all the way from the nearby beach to the church.

The near by Arthunkal beach (0.5 KM) is a nice place to watch the Sunset. The beach has no commercial activity.

Arthunkal is close to NH47 (near Tiruvizha Railway Station - about 5 Kms) between Alappuzha and Kochi and the highway is connected by frequent buses. Private/Public vehicles are available from the highway to reach the Arthunkal Church.

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Pilgrimage

#8 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 4 Kms from Alappuzha Railway Station, Mullakkal Raja Rajeswari Temple is very famous shrine in Alappuzha dedicated to Goddess Durga.

It is believed that Goddess Raja Rajeshwari appeared at this site to take care of a Jasmine flower (Mullakkal means 'Jasmine Flower' in Malayalam). The temple celebrates two annual festivals - the Navratri festival (October/November) and the Thaipooyakavadi festival (November/December). The last two days are the most auspicious days. Colorful processions participated by nine elephants are held in the evening. It is witnessed by thousands of devotees. Also several cultural programs including Ottanthullal & Kathakali are staged in the temple.

The Thaipooyakavadi celebrated for 41 days in November/December. The whole town will be full of lights and decoration and the last ten days are celebrated with glory.

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Heritage

#9 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 49 km from Alappuzha, the Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha in Kerala. It is one of the prominent places of heritage in Kerala, and among the must -include places in Alleppey tour packages.

Situated on NH47 between Alappuzha and Kollam, the Krishnapuram Palace was built in the 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma (1729-1758 AD) of Travancore kingdom.
The Palace is a rare specimen of the Kerala style of architecture, with gabled roofs, narrow corridors, and dormer windows. Among the most famous heritage sites near Kochi, the palace is situated on the top of a small hill and is surrounded by a terraced garden with fountains, ponds, and lawns. Other attractions here include the beautifully landscaped garden in the palace compound that is home to a variety of flora, and a newly built .....

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Backwaters | Pilgrimage

#10 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 13 Kms from Alappuzha Railway Station, Champakulam is a beautiful village on the banks of Pampa River in Alappuzha district, with green paddy fields, coconut groves and water fowl. It is part of Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala.

Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is the oldest snake boat races in Kerala. The race is held in Pampa River on the moolam day of the Malayalam month Midhunam (June/July), the day of the installation of the deity at the Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple.

Champakulam Church is one of the oldest churches in India, built in 427 AD. This church has seen many changes and undergone several enhancements. There are many inscriptions around the church describing its history. The annual festival is celebrated on October 3rd.

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Beach

#11 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 16 km from Alappuzha, Mararikulam Beach is a secluded little-known beach situated at Mararikulam village near Alappuzha. It is one of the most scenic beaches near Kochi, and among the top places of sightseeing in Alleppey.

This white sand beach is filled with several coconut trees providing a unique appearance to the beach. It is an ideal place for someone who wants to explore the backwaters of Kerala and relax amidst a peaceful environment. An evening stroll is one of the best hangouts here during your Alleppey trip. This beach is safe for swimming. Tourists can indulge themselves with Ayurvedic treats which are offered by Ayurvedic Massage Centre.

The beach is about 3 km from NH47 junction (called Mararikulam-Kalithattu Junction) before Kanjikkunzhi. The NH47 Junction is connected .....

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Nature

#12 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 12 km from Kumarakom Bus Station & 20 km from Alappuzha, Pathiramanal Island (meaning - Sands of Night) is a small & breathtakingly beautiful island in the Vembanad Lake. Situated on the border of Kottayam - Alapuzha districts, It is one of the popular places to visit as part of Kumarakom tour.

Spread across 10 acres, Pathiramanal Island is also known as Anantha Padmanabhan Thopu, and is about 1.5 km from Muhamma boat jetty. Among the famous Kumarakom places to visit, the island is home to hundreds of rare birds, including 91 local species of birds and 50 migratory birds. One can see Pintail Ducks, Common Teal, Night Heron, Cormorant, Darter, Indian Shag, Purple Heron, Cattle Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Little Egret, Bronze-winged Jacanas, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Watercock, Whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Little Cormorant and Whiskered .....

Distance (From Alleppey): 20 Kms
Trip Duration (From Alleppey - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Backwaters

#13 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 16 km from Kottayam, 36 km from Alleppey, 56 km from Kochi, 135 km from Munnar & 164 km from Trivandrum, Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous Kerala backwaters destination for traditional houseboat rides and among the most visited Kerala tourist places.

The name Kumarakom was derived from the deity of an old temple Kumaran. Kumarakom is also one of the ideal weekend getaways from Kochi. Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves. In order to protect the ecology of the place, the Kerala government has declared Kumarakom as a special tourism zone. Arundhati Roy, the author of the 1997 Booker Prize-winning 'The God of Small Things', was raised in the nearby .....

Distance (From Alleppey): 58 Kms
Trip Duration (From Alleppey - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage

#14 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 18 km from Ambalapuzha and 32 km from Alleppey, Sree Nagaraja Temple is an ancient Hindu Temple situated at Mannarsala in Alleppey district of Kerala. It is a popular center of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods and also one of the best places to visit in Alappuzha.

Located near Haripad, the temple is dedicated to Nagaraja, the serpent God. It is believed that the deity in this pilgrim center is blessed with the spirit of Lord Shiva and has the form of Lord Vishnu. This is the only shrine in Kerala which is headed by a priestess. According to the legend, the first priestess of Mannarasala Temple gave birth to a five-headed snake, which is believed to reside in the ancestral house to safeguard the family.

The famous Mannarasala Temple covers an area of 16 acres of dense green forest grove. The main Mannarasala Temple premise has two separate sanctum sanctorums, one devoted to Sarpayakshi and the other for Nagaraja. There are over 30,000 idol of snakes .....

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Pilgrimage

#15 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 29 Kms from Kottayam, 35 Kms from Alappuzha & 33 kms from Pathanamthitta, Sri Vallabha Temple is located near Thiruvalla town (4 Kms) in Pathanamthitta district.

This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one among the 108 Diva Kshetrams in India. This temple is built in typical Kerala style of temple architecture with fine carvings and murals. The inner sanctum of the temple houses a 6 feet tall idol of Maha Vishnu. The flag staff of the temple is made out of granite and it is about 50 feet tall. A 3 feet idol of Garuda (the eagle vehicle of Lord Vishnu) is installed on top of the flagstaff.

This temple is famous for the traditional Kathakali performances almost every night and it is perhaps the only temple in Kerala where Kathakali is regularly performed as a ritual offering to a deity, after the evening Pooja

The annual festival of the temple is celebrated in Feb / Mar and the Utharaseeveli festival is celebrated for one day on Mar / Apr.

Distance (From Alleppey): 35 Kms
Trip Duration (From Alleppey - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Heritage

#16 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 15 Km from Pathanamthitta, 53 Km from Alappuzha & 57 Km from Kumarakom, Aranmula is a Aranmula Snake Boat Race, also known as Aranmula Vallamkali is a popular boat race held in the never ending Kerala Backwaters. This is an annual boat race held in Aranmula district of Kerala during the Onam festival in the month of August-September. It is also known as Uthrittathi Boat Race.

Aranmula Vallamkali owes its origin to the Sri Parthasarathy Temple situated on the banks of the Pamba River. The Vallamkali, associated with the annual festival of Sri Parthasarathy, is usually held on the last two days of the festival. The event that attracts tourists from all over the world is conducted not to win any trophy or prize but to celebrate the anniversary of the Sri Krishna idol installation, the main deity at the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. It is conducted in the Pamba River in .....

Distance (From Alleppey): 53 Kms
Trip Duration (From Alleppey - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Hill Station

#17 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey

At a distance of 45 km from Thekkady, 58 km from Idukki, 76 km from Kumarakom, 64 km from Kottayam, 92 km from Munnar, 99 km from Alleppey, 103 km from Kochi, 181 km from Madurai, and 196 km from Trivandrum, Vagamon, or Wagamon is an enchanting hill station situated in Idukki district of Kerala. Located on the Kottayam-Idukki border, it is one of the offbeat hill stations in Kerala, and among the must-include places in Kerala Tour Packages.

Perched at an altitude of 1100 m, Vagamon is surrounded by 3 hills namely, Thangal hill, Murugan hill, and Kurisumala at the foothills of Western Ghats. Also known as the Scotland of Asia, Vagamon was discovered by the British who found the place ideal for tea plantations, and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory .....

Distance (From Alleppey): 99 Kms
Trip Duration (From Alleppey - Including Travel): Full Day
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Most Asked Questions on Alappuzha


  • What is the best season to visit Alappuzha?

    Alappuzha experiences pleasant weather in winter season, however, the best time to visit Alappuzha is from August & November to March. This is also the time for houseboat stay, canoeing, fishing and sightseeing. Winter is the busiest season in Alleppey and often hotels and houseboats run full and tourist places are crowded.

  • How many days are required to visit Alappuzha?

    Alappuzha usually requires around 2 days to visit the most important attractions. However, there are several wonderful places to visit around Alappuzha like Kochi, Kumarakom and Kottayam which usually take additional one day. Alappuzha can be mixed with near by wonderful destination like Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, Idukki by adding few additional days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Alappuzha?

    Budget of Alappuzha trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel or houseboat you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Alappuzha tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5300 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7300 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Alappuzha?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Alappuzha like Alleppey Backwater Cruises, Alappuzha Beach, Arthunkal Church, Alappuzha Beach, Sri Krishna Temple - Ambalapuzha, Champakulam, Mullakkal Raja Rajeswari Temple and Krishnapuram Palace. If you have time, you can dedicate a day to visit near by places like Kochi, Kumarakom.

    Alappuzha is very famous for Backwater canals and beaches. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience.

  • What are the popular backwater cruises in Alappuzha?

    One night cruise on the backwaters of the Alappuzha is one of the most popular cruises offered. Alappuzha to Kottayam is one of the most exotic Backwaters cruises can take part. You can read more boat cruises here.


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