Staying afloat in Alappuzha Backwaters is one of the beautiful and unique Kerala backwater tour experience. It ranks among the popular tourist attractions in Kerala. Tourists who embark on the tour can enjoy the serene and lovely marine settings or sail through the twisting rivers in the midst of lovely coconut and palm trees. There is a range of lakes and water bodies which provide an ideal setting for various backwater trips. Allappuzha is also popular for boat races, houseboats, coir products and mouthwatering fish delicacies.
Popularly known as the "Venice of the East", Allappuzha draws plenty of tourists from various parts of India and the world. Some of the popular places of where one can go while embarking on Allappuzha backwaters in Kerala are
Punnamada Kayal: It is one of the most popular places to go in Allappuzha.
The place also hosts the annual Nehru Trophy boat race which takes place every year between the months of August and September. The long boats, which are shaped as snakes can accommodate around 120 people. Krishnapuram Temple: It is a wonderful specimen of the Keralan style of architecture. It consists of beautiful mural paintings and sculptures.
Ambalapuzha Temple: It is an important place for the worship of Lord Krishna and is also a wonderful specimen of the Keralan style of architecture.
St. Andrew's Church: Established by the Portuguese missionaries, this church hosts the feast of St. Sebastian with much fanfare.
Mullackal Temple: The temple is dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeswari and draws hundreds of pilgrims. The temple is also known for its grand architecture and carvings.
You can also have a taste of a wide range of mouth watering Keralan delicacies like payasam in Alappuzha. One can also shop for a wide range of local handicrafts and artifacts from the markets and shops at reasonable rates.
The ideal season for staying afloat in Alappuzha Backwaters tour is the winter when the weather is pleasant with lesser rainfall. The skies are clear which make it an ideal time for backwater trips. Like various parts of Kerala, Allappuzha too experiences a humid climate with moderate rainfall.
Allappuzha is easily accessible through a number of routes. The nearest airport is at Kochi which is well connected with Allappuzha. The Trivandrum airport is around 159 kms away. The railway network also connects the place with other cities like Chennai, Kolkata, Kochi, and Bangalore and so on.