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Alappuzha (India)

Practical information on Alappuzha

  • Family
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • River
  • Lake
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Place or Religious Monument
3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
60km by bus from Kochi
When to go
Avoid the monsoon season between June and September
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Alappuzha

Antoine d'Audigier Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

Situated between a network of canals and The Backwaters, Alleppey is the perfect place for a vacation by the sea.

My suggestion:
Relax on a terrace at the water's edge and admire a sunset that comes straight out of a postcard.
My review

In between Kochi and Varkala, Alappuzha (nicknamed Alleppey) is a town surrounded by some amazing places to visit. Being less touristy than its neighbors (in low season it can feel like a ghost town), Alleppey still has a number of good hotels and restaurants, which benefit from views over its white, sandy beaches.

This is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore The Backwaters, where numerous activities are available, thanks to the calm waters found in this part of southern India. If you don't want to be stuck on a houseboat, you could always take a boat trip along on the canals in the region.

The area is also famous for its 'snake boat' races, on vessels that can carry a hundred or so rowers. The Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race is the best known and takes place on the second Saturday of August. It's named after Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

The Backwaters at Alleppey
Nina Montagné Seasoned Traveller
153 written opinions

Alleppey is a city located in the middle of the Kerala backwaters, a series of lagoons and lakes in southern India.

My suggestion:
Take the time to visit the city itself and see its incredible daily market.
My review

On my trip to India, I stopped off at Allepey when I went to the backwaters. This city on water is fascinating, lying between ocean and river amid lush, untamed nature. It is nicknamed the "Venice of the East".

Most travelers don't spend a long time there. They simply stop off there to board a houseboat and head out into the backwaters. However, Allepey is a very charming and peaceful city, and worth a detour to see.

I have memories of the incredibly deserted beach at Alleppey, with its little cafe virtually on the sand itself, as well as the city center's pretty temples, which become lively places in the evening.

Young girl in Allepey
Sébastien Cuzol Seasoned Traveller
16 written opinions

Alleppey is a coastal city approximately fifty kilometers south of Cochin. It serves, in particular, as the ideal departure point for exploring the backwaters of Kerala.  

My suggestion:
Try to ensure you are on a boat at the end of the day to enjoy the colors seen at dusk on the canals.
My review

The city itself is not at all charming. But once on board an old rice barge, houseboat or rowing boat all that is quickly forgotten. When you explore the backwaters you will find yourself faced with a labyrinth of canals along which lies a succession of rice fields, lakes, lagoons, coconut plantations and small houses. A fisherman raises his net, a cloud of birds takes to the air … you feel like you've stepped into another time and place in Alleppey.

And then there's the Kidangamparambu Temple, the sublime white sandy beach of Marari – which is just quarter of an hour away by richshaw – and Kuttanad, with its rice fields extending as far as the eye can see. I really enjoyed this stop on my journey, and this was because, despite the number of boats on the canals (yes, that's right, you don't get the place all to yourself!), the backwaters provide a stark, clear contrast to the typical Indian triumvirate of crowds, noise and pollution.

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