Alleppey or Alappuzha, also known as ‘Venice of the East’ is a town in Alappuzha district in the South-Indian state of Kerala. It is an old town but a planned one. Alleppey is a sought after tourist destination as its backwaters are popular all over the world. The town connects Kumarakom and Cochin towards north and Quilon to the South. The backwaters of Alleppey are so captivating that you would be mesmerized with the ultimate natural beauty. Other attractions include Alleppey are Alappuzha Beach presenting the most scenic of sights of the vast Arabian Sea. Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Edathua Church, Champakulam Valia Palli, Krishnapuram Palace are also some other most-visited spots in the area.
In terms of food, Alleppey is famous for the tasty payasam, a popular dessert that is everyone’s favorite.
Best time to Visit: Throughout the year
How to Get There:
By Road: Alleppey is on the NH 47 highway and is connected to all-important towns in south India by public state transport buses. Taxis or cabs are a convenient way of commuting in Alleppey, especially if you are looking to go further to Munnar or Thekkady/Kumily/Periyar.
By Air : The Nearest airport is Kochi International Airport, about 85 km from Alleppey town. If you wish to see the beaches in Kerala before hitting Alleppey, flying to Thiruvananthapuram will be a better option.
On Tracks: Alleppey has recently been linked to Cochin by rail. The Alleppey Railway Station is 5 km from the central bus stand and the boat jetty. Cities like Cochin, Chennai, Howrah, Bangalore and Bokaro are well connected to Alleppey by road and train.
Waterways: Alleppey is also well connected through waterways. Alleppey is linked by boat and ferry services through the scenic backwaters to Cochin, Kottayam, Kevalam, Changanassery and Chengannur.