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Officially called Alappuzha, Alleppey is a city in the South Indian state of Kerala. Bordering the Laccadive Sea, it is known for its wide network of interlinking, palm-fringed canals called backwaters and rejuvenating Ayurvedic resorts.
Allepey is also popular for its Houseboat cruises that pass through the serene backwaters, where you can catch glimpses of green paddy fields, choir making activities, beautiful avifauna and witness the life of locals in Kerala. Towards the shore lies the Alleppey beach in the Arabian Sea, a beautiful example of the gems you’d find along the Malabar Coast. The appeal of this beach is only amplified by the history attached to it, and a walk down the 137-year old pier is a must.
Be sure to catch a traditional snake boat race in the months of August and September and try out some toddy (palm wine) at a local toddy shop for adding a touch of authenticity to your travel experience in Allepey.
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Do not get cheated by taxi drivers in Alleppey. The taxi drivers will take you to some of their counterparts to get commission. They will scare you talking about security. You are free to hire any house boats here. All registered. You may also go to District Tourism Promotion Council Office (DTPC) near to Boat Jetty and ask for house boat rates before hiring. Have a pleasant tour :-) Ratheesh
Alleppey reminds me the beauty of Bengali, the endless row of coconut trees, the pastoral land all shared surprising similarities with Bengal and with our neighboring country Bangladesh. The serene atmosphere, the journey by the house boat, the delicious fish items, at some point, all of these bear trace of similarities with Bengal.
- Do Not miss the houseboats. If budget permits, try out a luxury houseboat with air-conditioned rooms, music and lounge on the deck and TV with satellite TV. Carry sunscreen, head-gear, swim-wear and sun-glasses during the winters. - During monsoons, rain-jackets are preferable over umbrellas. Always carry a water bottle and Oral Rehydration Solutions. Remember to pack in your own medicines.
A refreshing retreat from the harsh winters. Home to the famous Snake Boat Race.
Congested in winters.
Ideal for tourists of every kind. Suitable for backpackers from places like Trivandrum, Kochi, etc.