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Welcome to Alappuzha, the ‘Venice of the East’, nestled in the serene backwaters of Kerala.

As you step off the bus, you can feel the humid air on your skin. The taste of salt in the breeze whispers tales of the nearby Arabian Sea.

First, let’s visit the Alappuzha Beach, just 2 km away. Sand under your feet. The roaring sea in your ears. A sunlit horizon stretching to infinity.

What’s that in the distance? It’s the historic Alappuzha Lighthouse, standing tall since 1862.

Feel like sailing? Try a houseboat cruise on the backwaters. The boats float lazily along palm-fringed waterways. You hear soft splashes, the distant call of a kingfisher.

Time for lunch. Seafood, spicy and fresh, on banana leaves at a local toddy shop.

Just 15 km from here, the Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple awaits. The melody of devotional songs. The fragrance of incense. Time stands still.

And now, the weather. Expect rain, it’s the monsoon season. But don’t worry, the rain only adds to Alappuzha’s charm.

Oh, look! There’s a Kathakali performance tonight at the local community center. The colors, the drama, a mesmerizing spectacle.

Your day ends with a sunset on Vembanad Lake. The sky is on fire. Reflecting on the calm waters. The perfect end to your day.

Tomorrow, let’s explore more. Kerala holds countless stories. Get some sleep, dream of backwaters.

Alappuzha is waiting.

History of Alappuzha

A Brief History of Alappuzha

  • Early History: Alappuzha, also known by its former name Alleppey, has a rich and significant history. Its geographic setting made it an important trading center since ancient times. It was known as the Venice of the East due to its extensive network of backwater canals.

  • Colonial Era: By the mid-18th century, the district came under the rule of Marthanda Varma, the King of Travancore, who made significant contributions to its progress. Later, it fell into the hands of the British East India Company.

  • Industrial Development: The 19th century saw the rise of Alappuzha as an important center for the coir industry. It became famous for its shipbuilding and cargo transportation, mostly spices and coir, to different parts of the world.

  • Post-Independence: After India gained independence, Alappuzha continued to prosper. It became renowned for its unique combination of picturesque backwaters, beaches, and historic sites. It has grown into one of the major tourist destinations in Kerala.

Alappuzha quick facts

  • Location: Kerala, India
  • Best known for: Backwaters and houseboat cruises
  • Climate: Tropical monsoon
  • Popular festivals: Nehru Trophy Boat Race (Second Saturday of August every year)
  • Major attractions: Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha Lighthouse, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Vembanad Lake
  • Local cuisine: Seafood, especially Karimeen (Pearl Spot) and Chemmeen (Prawn), served with Appam or Kappa (Tapioca)
  • Best time to visit: September to March (Though the monsoon months of June to August have their own charm)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, about 83 km away.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha (Allepey) Railway Station.

Best time to visit Alappuzha

  • Winter (September to March): This is the ideal time for sightseeing, houseboat cruising, and beach activities. The weather is pleasant and cool, making it perfect for exploring the city.
  • Monsoon (June to August): For those who love the rains and the lush green scenery that comes with it, this is the best time. The monsoon season also coincides with the famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race.

How to reach Alappuzha

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, about 83 km away from Alappuzha. From the airport, you can take a cab or a bus to reach Alappuzha.

  • By Train: Alappuzha (Allepey) Railway Station is well connected to major cities in India. The station is just a few kilometers away from the main city, and you can hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw to reach your destination.

  • By Road: Alappuzha is well connected by national and state highways from all major cities within Kerala and neighboring states. Regular bus services are available.

  • By Water: Enjoy the unique experience of reaching Alappuzha by boat from various destinations in Kerala such as Kottayam, Changanassery, and Chengannur.

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