The town of Allepey was founded long time back in the year 1762 by Raja Keshawadashan, the Deewan of Travancore. Popularly known as the “Venice of East” Alleppey is adored by the people for its large networks of lagoons, canals and lakes which form the lifeline of this wonderful town. Alleppey was established on a narrow piece of land located between the Arabian Sea and the Vembaband Lake.
Earlier, Alleppey was one of the busiest trade centers in India and made a first-rate port along the Malabar Coast. Traders from all corners of the world came here for their business deals during the British era.
The enticing canals, lakes and shores have drawn the attention of numerous tourists who come here to enjoy the unmatchable natural beauty that this place has to offer. Allepey is one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations of the country and a wonderful place to spot animal and bird life. Besides the bounties of nature, this town has many religious and historic sites in its heart. The palm fringed waterways, houseboat holidays, sandy beaches and the traditional boat races are reasons that make Allepey different from other tourist destinations of India. The sight of elegantly designed snake boats which can sit more than 100 oarsmen racing and cutting though still waters is a life long substance to be cherished in the bottom of one’s heart.
Besides Holland, Allepey is the only place in the world where rice cultivation takes place much under the Sea level. This town is buzzed by admiring tourists throughout the year. The heavenly experience of a house boat trip is something that no visitor would like to skip. The huge and well equipped wooden houseboats definitely ensure a memorable and cozy stay amidst the pristine waters. A houseboat trip is equally enjoyable for a family or honeymoon trip, corporate holidays.
Swimming in the shallow waters, taking a leisurely walk along the sandy beaches or on the lonely pretty roads inside a village are soul-warming activities to be done while on a trip to this place. Besides, there is always the fun of trying a hand on with a fishing rod and grasp the thrill of fishing far away from the humdrums of a busy city life. The food is awesome, tasty and nutritious. The nature’s beverage, i.e. coconut water and fish delicacies are things to be savored
A lazy afternoon sight seeing may include visiting the ancient religious spots like the fabled Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Templ, Pandavan Rock, Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple,Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, and the St. Andrew Church which was founded in 1866 by the Portuguese missionaries. The town of Alleppey is also well known for its coir carpet industries and prawn fishing.
|Known for:||Backwaters, Beaches|
|Altitude:||2695 m approx|
|Best visiting time:||September to March|
|Climate:||Summer 20 to 36°C, winter 16 to 32|
How to Reach
One can choose to visit Alleppey by train, air or road. The nearest airport is located in Cochin; from where one needs to take a train to reach Alleppey. The train line is well connected to major cities like Bangalora, New Delhi and Mumbai. Besides trains, this town has buses plying to and from Cochin by all major bus operators.