Beach-bums, water babies or simply ardent admirers of nature- if you’re still having a difficult time finalizing your next travel destination; this blog is going to be your friend-in-need. Think about the things you might want on this vacation- a splashy day at the beach, lip smacking seafood, a healthy dose of thrill and ample of relaxation. We are going to tell you just the place that guarantees all of this and more. Alappuzha- more popularly known as Alleppey is just the right place for you.
Alappuzha tourism is most well-known for its web of water ways and backwaters, houseboats that laze through, offering the tourists with a spectacular view of the lush green gorgeousness that Kerala is.
Alleppey is a place where you can relax and enjoy in for a substantial amount of time, but if you dared yourself to check off all places to visit in Alleppey in a day, here’s a quick guide.
When in Alleppey, you can’t miss a visit to this beach. Apart from the fact that it offers a brilliant sunset view, it is the presence of an astounding 150 year old pier that still stands proud that attracts tourists. This is a beach that doesn’t allow swimming as it can be dangerous, but you can always get lost in the orange sunset sky and the sound of the big waves crashing.
If you happen to visit during New Year’s, you can also catch the beach festival that it hosts.
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Your trip to Alleppey is totally incomplete if you don’t spend a night in a houseboat in the lap of the backwaters. Be ready to revel in the beauty of the arched coconut trees and the intricate water ways; be a part of the boatman’s evening song or the fisherman’s early morning catch.
The variety of Alappuzha houseboats that you can avail of is huge, ranging from the budget commercial ones to the luxury kind.
Alleppey house boat rates obviously depend on kind of boat that you choose from. The usual categories are- deluxe, premium and luxury. While a deluxe boat with 1 bedroom will cost you between INR 6000 to 8000, a premium category houseboat would cost INR 8000 to 10,000 while luxury houseboat would set you back by INR 11,000 to 14,000.
While the premium and luxury categories are fully air-conditioned ‘round the clock, the deluxe variety has an operational AC only between 9 PM to 6 AM. All meals are included and there generally isn’t much flexibility or variety in terms of the menu. Expect a typical Keralite spread (both veg and non-veg) that includes idli, sambar, fish fry, rice, Mezhukupurathy (long beans vegetable) and mixed vegetables thoran.
Places to visit in Alleppey boat house lie along the main routes that they cover. The round tour of Alleppey may cover the fields of paddy at Kuttanad that employs a unique farming method that operates below the sea level. Also look out for the 11th century Buddha statue carved from granite -‘Karumadikuttan’, the Syro-Malabar Champakulam church, and Gomethra church based on the route it takes.
A trip from Alleppy to Kumarakom and back will cover the famous Kumarakom bird sanctuary which borders the magnificent Vembanad Lake and the scenic Pathiramanal islands where migratory birds flock.
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Very close to the Alleppey beach is the Alappuzha lighthouse that reflects the district’s erstwhile significance as a booming trade centre. Begun in the year 1860, this lighthouse is still manned and functional. The red and white candy striped structure is open for tourists on weekdays between 9 AM – 11: 45 AM and then again between 2 PM to 5:30PM. If your health allows you, you can climb up 30 meters to the top and oversee the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea. While you’re there, pay a visit to the lighthouse museum that shows how the good old oil lamp, over the years gave way to the radar beacons and GPS based system to facilitate navigation.
RKK Memorial Museum
Named after Mr. Ravi Karunakaran, a prominent figure behind the flourishing of Kerala’s coir industry, this museum exhibits his personal art collection and is a unique place to visit in the district. The museum itself is nothing short of grand, with Greco-Roman inspired columns; the crystal and ivory collection is touted as one of the largest in the country. The museum also has a ‘Kerala Room’ that beautifully charts the evolution and growth of its people through 3800 unique art pieces.
Mullakal Raja Rajeshwari Temple
Whether you’re an atheist or a God believer, you should visit this 500 year old temple that showcases an old style of Kerala architecture. The compound is beautiful, with a pretty pond and plenty of trees and plants. The jasmine plants, meaning Mulla in Malayalam may in fact have influenced the naming of this place. This is a temple where people from any religion and caste can visit. The temple has an idol of Goddess Durga, known as “Mullakkal Amma”. A 41day festival called the Mullakal Chirappu is celebrated in the temple starting from mid-November, where the last two days of the festival has extensive cultural events, a procession by elephants and ‘Annadanam’ where thousands of devotees are fed.
While these might be the ‘must-visits’ on your Alleppey trip, please note that Alleppey offers much more and is best enjoyed with some time on your hands. After all, ‘hurry’ and ‘time’ must be the last things on your mind as you gaze out in the green from the comfort of your houseboat while sipping your morning tea, or place your bets on the legendary snakeboat race that takes place in August every year.
Whether or not time is your friend, experts at iTraveller, can put together a travel itinerary that is suited just for you and what you expect to get from this hard earned holiday. So get started and get going for the amazing time that lies ahead!
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