Alleppey has many interesting tourism destinations that attract visitors and tourists for holidays and tour packages. Locally Alleppey is known as Alappuzha and it means the land between the sea and network of rivers flowing into it. Bacwaters which have made Alleppey famous all over the world is in fact the network of rivers flowing back to land.The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.
The attractions in Alleppey include Alleppey Beach, Arthunkal Church, Kuttanad, Alleppey Boat Races and Alleppey Backwaters.There is nothing like doing a houseboat cruise in Alleppey backwaters . It is not only a fabulous way of exploring the fascinating beauty of the backwaters, the small villages and the lives of the people living there but also a way to connect with oneself and the nature around.
Alleppey is a town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as Venice of the East by Lord Curzon.Alleppey or Alappuzha as it is locally known is now the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala and renowned all over the world for houseboats and backwater cruises. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer durations to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bedrooms and attached bathrooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kuttanad style. Alappuzha is unique in that it is the only district in Kerala without forest.
The nearest airport to Alleppey is Kochi International Airport. It's well-connected to most major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, as well as South East Asia and the Middle-East. From Kochi, you could travel by bus, train or cab to Alleppey. However, a pre-paid taxi service is also available and is probably the most convenient option if you're travelling with luggage.
Alleppey has its own train station, which is well connected with regular services to and from Kochi and Trivandrum. Within the town itself, buses, taxis and autorickshaws are readily and easily available to transport you from the railway station to your accommodation. Trains are one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to travel around Kerala, and India in general. Buy your tickets online or at the train station, sit back, and enjoy the scenic trip through breathtaking landscapes.
The state-owned KSRTC buses connect Alleppey to most major cities in Kerala, while private air-conditioned coaches also operate from cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore and Coimbatore. Although buses are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to travel, they do tend to become crowded and can be uncomfortable if you're going with a lot of luggage.
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