Kerala, popularly known and believed as God's Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. One of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia , Kerala is India's only tropical paradise. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. One such place in Kerala that is synonymous of these features is Alappuzha or Alleppey .
Alappuzha, blessed with lovely locales that seem to reflect the crystal greens of the beautiful water lagoons and lakesides, lush coconut palms, palm-fringed canals, bustling shores, and thick lush bushes, is known as the Venice of the East .
Alappuzha became an important Kerala trade center in the olden times under the reign of Maharaja Marthandavarma , and is still an important center of the booming Kerala coir industry . The pristine sun warmed Alappuzha beaches and the exotic Ayurvedic massages offered are certain to make your holiday an unforgettable luxurious experience.
Apart from the captivating Alappuzha Beach, you can explore the fascinating Mullukal Temple that hosts an annual music festival, the Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, Krishnapuram Temple, Devi Temple, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy temple, Kottamkulangara Mahavishnu temple, St. Andrews Church and the Gajendra Miksham at Alappuzha. Also visit Kuttanad, called the rice bowl of Kerala because of its wealth of paddy crops, and the Champakulam Church , one of the oldest churches in Kerala, believed to be one of the seven established by St. Thomas.
A prime attraction of Alappuzha is the famous annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race held at Punnamada Kayal on the Second Saturday of every August. You can be in the midst of chirping birds of all colors at Pathira Manal , located at a little distance from Alappuzha. For some shopping, visit the local bazaars and shop for rugs and carpets woven of coconut fibers and excellent quality coir.
The climate of Alappuzha is generally temperate and humid and relatively more pleasant in the winter season. The best time to visit this district is between August - September and February - March.
How to reach
To reach Alappuzha, the nearest International Airports are at Kochi (85 km) and Thiruvananthapuram (150 km). Excellent road and rail network links the district to all major towns and cities in India. Alappuzha is also linked by boat service through the back waters to Quilon, Changanacherry, Kumarakom, Cochin, Kumarakom, Chengannor, etc.
There are a range of accommodating options in Alappuzha ranging from luxury hotels and resorts like Keraleeyam Heritage Home and Resort, Palm Grove Lake Resort, Kayaloram Lake Resort, Alleppey Backwater Resorts Pvt. Ltd., etc, to budget hotels such as Alleppey Prince, Hotel Royale Park, Arcadia Regency, Raheem Residency, etc.