Venice: Venice, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, is built on 100 or more small islands in the Adriatic Sea. There are a host of reasons for Venice to be one of the favourites on traveller’s list! Gallerie dell’Accademia is a one-stop-shop of Venice’s artistic treasures. Suso Gelatoteca, one of the best ice cream shops in Venice, has all its ice cream made with natural ingredients and without using any artificial colours. Italians love to visit their favourite bars at the north-western foot of the Rialto bridge for an evening aperitivi. Grand Canal-facing table at Naranzaria or Bancogiro is best at aperitivo time. Try traditional dishes from the Veneto – like Venetian antipasti at Vini da Gigio, oca in onto (goose in its own fat) or freshwater lagoon fish done in saor at Antica Adelaide, polpette (meatballs) in Venice at Ca d’Oro (Alla Vedova).
Alleppey: Alleppey is also called as the Venice of the East, for its interconnected waterways and channels. Like Venice and its Grand Canal, the waterways and channels in Alleppey are best explored in country boats. The waterways of Alleppey are part of the 900 km backwaters of Kerala. The city has emerged as a famous backwater tourist destination. And the boat races of Aleppey are also an attraction. A trip to this city will be incomplete without taking a trip in the houseboat.
Places to visit:
Venice: Doge’s Palace or Palazzo Ducale, is one of the oldest buildings in town, built in the mid-14th century as the Doge’s residence. In 1923, the Ducal Palace, which features Gothic architecture was turned into a museum, displaying collection of masterpieces and hosting art exhibitions.
Alleppey: Karumadikkutan Temple consists of a black granite statue of Lord Buddha dating back to the 10th century AD. The left hand side of this statue is missing and has several tales attached to the missing hand.
Venice: Ca’ Rezzonico Palace and Museum displays Venetian art of the 18th century. Works of art by the most important Venetian artists are displayed here.
Alleppey: Krishnapuram Palace, built in the 18th century, the palace is famous for its exquisite mural paintings and architectural marvel. Exhibits in this place belong to Maharaja Marthanda Varma.
Venice: Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually known as Frari, is located near the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. This church is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture.
Alleppey: St. Mary’s Forane Church was built back in 835 AD and is known as a world renowned centre of pilgrimage. One of the biggest churches and parishes of the Archeparchy of Changanassery, the church is known for housing 2500 families.