Thing To DoPhotography, Sightseeing, Shopping, Fishing, Boat Ride
Good ForNature Lovers, Photo Fanatics, Adventure Travel
Best time to visitAugust to March


Its criss-crossing canals and once busy waterways inevitably evoke comparisons with Venice. A prosperous trading town of yesteryears, which exported coir products to different parts of the world, Alappuzha relinquished its commercial position to other towns, notably Kochi, in later years. Today, tourism has appeared as its new saviour. Old settlers have left behind architectural treasures - numerous old mansions and trading houses built in a unique style. These buildings, along with the quiet streets and winding canals, lend this quaint town its distinctive allure. Situated at the south-western tip of India's longest lake, the Vembanad, Alappuzha lies sandwiched between the lake and the Arabian Sea - a sliver of land barely 4 km wide. It attracts tourists throughout the year for that singular experience of backwater cruising, especially in the Kuttanad region, a vast area of partly reclaimed land, covered in emerald green paddy fields and separated by dikes from waters that are actually a few feet higher.

Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which is greatly fascinating to visitors. Another delightful experience while in Alappuzha is a houseboatcruise. The ones you find in the backwaters of Alappuzha are in fact reworked version of Kettuvallams of olden times. The original Kettuvallams or rice barges used to carry tons of rice and spices. The Kettuvallam or 'boat with knots' was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only. Of late, houseboats come with all creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. And one can always enjoy uninterrupted views of backwater life while staying in a houseboat.

How to Reach

By Air

One can reach Alappuzha driving through the National Highway 47 which is linked all other important places as well cities of India.

By Road

The Alappuzha railway station is well-linked to Alappuzha by private vehicles or government bus service. It is just 4 kilometers from the Alappuzha town.

By Rail

Kochi International Airport is 64 kilometers away from Alappuzha. It is the most convenient one to reach Alappuzha.

Nearby places to Visit

Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Alappuzha Backwaters, Alappuzha Beach, Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Bhagavathi Temple, Vijaya beach park, Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathi Temple, Edathua Church, Chavara Bhavan, Mullakkal Bhagawathy Temple, Karumadi Kuttan, Krishnapuram Palace Museum, Kuttanad, Mannarasala Shri Nagaraja Temple, Pathiramanal Island, R Block, St George Orthodox Syrian Church, Revi Karuna Karan Memorial Museum, St Mary's Church, Champakulam, Subrahmanya Temple, St. Andrew's Basilica, Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach Mararikulam, Punnapra Vayalar,

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