Alappuzha is a small city on the Arabian Seacoast in Kerala state, India. This small city is is famous for its Backwaters and is called ‘The Venice of the East’. A visit to Alleppey is one of the best options available to any tourist to ‘Gods own country‘.
Kerala is rich for its natural beauty with its 44 rivers, backwaters, beaches, mountains, hill stations, valleys, exotic wild life, etc.
Alappuzha has Vembanad lake, a backwater lake, to its charm. It meets sea at Alappuzha. A day’s backwater cruise by Alleppey houseboats on the endless backwaters of Vembanad lake is the best option to explore the beauty of Alleppey and its neighboring areas like Kumarakom in nearby Kottayam district.
If you are looking for a cheaper boat cruise, Kerala state water transport boat services are available. You may go for a short cruise for less than Rs 10/-. Alappuza to Kollam boat cruise costs only Rs. 400/- and the traveling time is around 7 hours. The government boat starts at 10:30 am from Alappuza Boat Jetty. There is also a similar service from Kollam to Alappuza for the same fare. Kollam boat Jetty is on the side of Kollam KSRTC bus station. Alappuzha boat jetty is inside the city. You can hire a cab or auto-rickshaw to go to Alappuzha boat jetty. These boats will be stopping en-route for lunch.
There are many islands in Alleppey backwaters. ‘Pathiramanal’, ‘R Block’, etc, are to name a few. You will get fresh fish curry, fish fry, fresh coconut toddy, lobster, etc, here in Alleppey. A Houseboat ride in Alleppey ‘s backwaters can take you to all these places.
The beauty of Alleppey or Alappuzha is that the land is below water level; still it does not get flooded. This has been done by making a man made bund (embankment). This bund was made almost a century back. The intention was to create agriculture land, a scare resource in the middle of backwaters. This land was primarily used for cultivation of paddy and coconut. These areas were once called ‘The rice bowl of Kerala’.
How Do I Go to Alappuzha in Gods Own Country?
Alappuza is 4 hours drive from the capital city of Trivandrum alias Thiruvananthapuram. National Highway No 47 (Salem-Kanyakumari Highway) passes through Alleppey. It is connected by state highways also.
Alleppey is connected by train services. ALLP is the code for ALLEPPEY railway station on irctc.co.in, the online booking systems of Indian Railway Ticket Booking system developed by Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).