With frolicking sea waves on one side and network of lakes, lagoons and rivers meandering through it, there is no wonder why Alleppey is a major backwater destination of Kerala. Alappuzha or Alleppey is often regarded as Venice of East owing to its prepossessing landscape. The city is one of the few places on earth where farming is performed below sea level and in the past it once served as a prosperous trading and fishing center.
Talking of backwater cruising, there are many houseboat routes in Kerala that begins from Alleppey itself. Information regarding the same is given below.
Alappuzha to Kumarakom - This route takes you past the glistening canals and waterways where water-birds (resident as well as migratory) are found in abundance. The houseboat cruises past tiny hamlets of fishermen and groves of palm and coconut.
Alappuzha to Alappuzha: The route includes sailing on the Punnamada Lake/ Vembanad Lake (Longest Lake of India, largest Lake of Kerala and one of the largest lakes in India) and Vattakayal Lake. Nights are to be spent aboard the traditional houseboats, Kettuvalam.
Alappuzha to Thottappally: The route features many historical sites such as Champakkulam Church and Ambalpuzha Temple.
Alappuzha to Kottayam- This is the kind of route that gets etched in your memories forever. You can see farmers at work, performing farming below sea level. You can inhale subtle breeze flowing through and hear the babbles of canals.
Alappuzha to Mankotta: This route takes you through the splendid Punnamada Lake/ Vembanad Lake (Longest Lake of India, largest Lake of Kerala and one of the largest lakes in India) and lets you visit coir-making villages along with many historical sights.
Alappuzha to Alumkadavu- This is your choice to either take a one-night cruise or a two-night one. This lets you get in acquaintance with the history of Kettuvalams, the traditional houseboats of Kerala. One of the main attractions of the route- Alumkadavu- where the entire clans were indulged in the making of traditional houseboats.