Known by its sobriquet, Venice of the East, Alleppeywith its dazzling blue waters to blooming fragrance of spices, greenery of summers to the beauty of monsoon has enticed many a tourist to return again. Alleppey is easiest to access from Kochi.
Traveling to Alleppey by air is hassle free and the tourists can make their booking in the online sites of the airlines. Take a flight to Trivandrum (Trivandrum to Alleppey is 151 km), or to Kochi (Kochi to Alleppey is 85 km). These airports are connected to most of the major cities in India and abroad. There are facilities of hiring cars near the airport terminals that will take you to your destination.
Alleppey is connected by good highways that run across the length and breadth of the state. From the airports, one can hire a taxi or can get any other mode of transport at a reasonable price. The KSRTC bus service www.keralartc.comenables tourists and locals to travel throughout the state comfortably at reasonable ticket rates. Private bus services are also at present connecting Alleppey with other adjoining states. The distance between Alleppey and Trivandrum is 151 kms, while Ooty is about 306 kms; other notable destinations include Mysore and Calicut at a distance of 394 kms and 287 kms respectively. Use the online sites to book tickets for interstate destinations.
Alleppey by railways is well connected from all cities in India and the journey is accompanied by serene landscape in the backdrop. The time traveling to Alleppey by train depends on the route of the train and the distance. Check trains, their timings and book online on the Indian railways website www.irctc.co.in. Alleppey railway station is within the city limits and one can get tuktuks, taxis, and buses from outside the station so as to reach your destination comfortably. Most resorts also offer transfers from the airport and railway station.
India has three major seasons: winter, summer and the monsoon. The winter months of November to March are pleasant, with lovely sunshine and cool nights. Summer temperature between March to June soar, hence sun protection is essential. Most of India and Kerala receive its major share of rainfall between June and September and tourists from across the state and country travel to this part to get a taste of the Kerala monsoon!
It is best if travellers wear loose and comfortable cotton clothes (it can avoid humidity during summer time), and should carry torch, mosquito repellent, mobile chargers, and compulsorily sun tan creams along with sunglasses and hats. Carrying some necessary medicines is also preferable. Best to dress modestly.
Personnel at the airline, railway and telecommunication counters, hotels, resorts and offices are fluent in English and are helpful. Most signs and markings too are in English. Though the people of Kerala speak and understand both Malayalam and English it would prove really useful if you learn a few essential words and sentences in Malayalam that can help you find a way or communicate something important and at the same time make friends with the locals.
Local Tourist Attractions
Relax and explore the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey as you cruise in your traditional houseboat. The houseboat experience allows you to aimlessly drift past villages, temples, and churches and be thoroughly exposed to the rural lifestyle of the backwaters. One of the most popular stop-off points for visitors is: