About Alleppey

Alleppey - Venice of the East

Look deep into nature, as in the repeated refrains of nature, the wanderers’ hearts will be soothed, and there is an assurance that your heartbeat will match the beat of nature.

Thousands of tourists from all over the world come to Alleppey to enjoy the beauty of this tropical paradise. This Venetian capital of Kerala is the first choice of honeymooners, as the scenic charm, coconut groves, azure lagoons, and amazing backwaters have a dream-like quality to spend some moments of togetherness. It is one of the most amazing tourist destinations to visit in Kerala.

Popular Places In Alleppey

This blog is all about explaining some of the must-visit, beautiful destinations in Alleppey

1. Backwaters of Alleppey

Traveling to Alleppey would be incomplete without enjoying your day in the gorgeous backwaters of Alleppey. The houseboat cruise is the best way to enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the sights around the beautiful backwaters.

As you pass through the narrow canals, lush vegetation, and scenic villages dotted with coconut trees, you will feel that moment to be the best moment of your life. If you are a couple, then a backwater tour with your beloved is a must to enjoy the best of Kerala tourism. Alleppey is known for its backwater tourism, and if you are not enjoying houseboat cruises, then what are you doing in Alleppey?

The houseboats have all the facilities a tourist needs. If you want luxury, you will get a well-furnished houseboat with facilities like a private chef who pampers you with lip-smacking South Indian cuisine. For couples, there are special Alleppey honeymoon houseboats with all the romantic arrangements. Backwater Tour is one of the best things to do in Alleppey, be it for a couple, solo traveler, or family.

2. Alappuzha Beach

If you are a beach lover, then the alluring beauty of Alappuzha cannot be missed. Alappuzha Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Alleppey. Less crowded, scenic, serene, and enchanting, Alappuzha Beach will make your beach holidays one of the best to remember. Dense palm groves and the soul-soothing serenity of the park nearby, freshwater rivers, and scenic Arabian Sea are just the perfect place to spend some moments in peace.

Be it honeymooners, families, or solo travellers, this is absolutely a worth-visiting place to enjoy the watery wealth of God’s own country, Kerala. For adventure lovers, there are a plethora of activities to enjoy, like parasailing, beach volleyball, and surfing. There is also a 150-year-old Alappuzha Lighthouse, which was built in 1862 during the reign of Rama Varma Maharaja of Travancore, which you should not miss while enjoying the beauty of Alappuzha Beach.

3. Krishnapuram Palace

Krishnapuram Palace is a rare specimen of the glorious ancient past of Kerala. It was built in the 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the ruler of Travancore. It is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of Kerala-style architecture. Thick-framed doors, narrow corridors, gabled roofs, and dormer windows will teleport you into the world of bliss. Most of the small units of the palace have been lost in the ravages of time; only the main structure has survived.

The mural of Gajendra Moksham is the centre of attraction at Krishnapuram Palace. It depicts the mythological story of Lord Vishnu, who reached earth to save an elephant (a deity of Lord Vishnu). The mural is placed at the entrance of the palace from the pond so that the kings could bow down to the deity after their bath. It is one of the best heritage tourist attractions to visit in Alleppey.

4. Marari Beach

Alleppey is a water paradise in Kerala, and if you are in Alleppey, then you must visit the gorgeous Marari Beach for a relaxing and peaceful vacation. Marari got its name from a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast, Mararikulam. It is one of the best beaches to enjoy holidays with your family and friends.

Coconut palm trees, scenic sands, and picturesque vistas will be a delightful paradise for a romantic stroll or a fun-filled trip with friends. Sightseeing in Alleppey will be more soothing if you visit Marari Beach. There are many Ayurvedic centres to rejuvenate your mind, and budgeted holiday resorts and homestays make this place a perfect holiday destination in Alleppey.

5. Vembanad Lake

While going on an Alleppey Kerala Backwater Tour, Vembanad Lake is a stunning tourist stopover that one must not miss. Decked with mangrove forests all around and coconut trees, a cruise on a houseboat is the best thing to do to enjoy the best of Kerala tourism. On a houseboat, you will pass through narrow canals, lagoon islands, and tiny hamlets and experience the simple and serene countryside lifestyle. Your imagination will run wild, and you will be lost in the world of fantasy.

The experience of cruising in a 60-foot-long and 15-foot-wide traditional Kettuvallam will be the experience of a lifetime. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful island of Pathiramanal, which floats on the backwaters and hosts 50 species of exotic and 90 species of endemic birds. Vembanad Lake is one of the best backwater destinations to visit around Alleppey.

6. St. Mary Forane Church

St. Mary's Forane Church is one of the most popular places to visit in Alleppey. It is the oldest Catholic church in Kerala. This church dates back to 835 AD, and it got the status of a forane in 1929.It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Ancient stones with engravings and Thaliyola in the ‘Nanam Moonam’ alphabet will take you back to ancient times.

Moreover, you will also witness some of the oldest, artistic, historic and archaeological objects in granite and wood metal like Granite crosses, altars, Bells, etc. Devotees from all over the world come to see the grandeur of the church of the glorious ancient past and seek divine grace. Apart from the church, serene backwaters flowing adjacent to the church will add a treat to your Alleppey Tour. The church has an open-air rock cross that dates back to CE 1151.

7. Triveni Floating Market

Your Alleppey tour will be more pleasant if you visit Triveni Floating Market. It is the best place to visit in Alleppey for a day trip. Shopping in this amazing floating market is an experience of a lifetime. You will get to buy things on a boat like fruits, toiletries, stationery, etc. It is a state-owned market.

The most interesting fact about this place is that such kinds of markets used to exist when there were no other means of transport. People used to travel on boats. The existence of this kind of market in Alleppey makes it the best place to explore in Kerala. It supplies essential items like groceries and stationery to remote islands, but for tourists, shopping on a boat will make the sightseeing more interesting in Alleppey.