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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.

By Air

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.



By Road

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.

By Rail

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.

By Sea

Regular boat service and water taxis to places like Kottayam and Alleppey are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Check www.swtd.gov.in for various routes from Allappey to other places.

FACTS

Weather

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!



Dress

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.

Language

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:

  • Champakulam:  Where 500-year-old St. Mary's Church shows definite traces of Hindu influence.
  • Pathiramanal:  A striking small island on the backwaters, a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.
  • Ambalapuzha:  Kerala's most famousSreekrishna Templewith the typical temple architectural style of the state.
  • R-Block:  Famous for farming over reclaimed land from the backwaters.
  • Karumadikuttan:  Well-known the black granite figure of Buddhan that is believed to have been created in the 9th or 10th Century.
  • Kumarakodi:  Kumaranasan, one of the greatest poets of modern Kerala is laid to rest here.
  • Krishnapuram Palace:  One of the most captivating attractions of the region. It was built by the Travancore king, MarthandaVarma, in the 18th century. It is a two-storied building crafted in the traditional Kerala architectural style.
  • Alappuzha Beach:  Alleppey Beach is commonly known as the Alappuzha Beachis one of the most renowned beaches. There is a 137 year old dock situated here, soaked in character.
  • Sea View Park:  A place to soak up the sun with your family or friends and enjoy a nice boat ride or swim.
  • Kallu shops:  Make it a point to visit these famous toddy bars. Kallu or toddyis an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms and coconut palms; it has been a traditional drink of Kerala. The toddy shops are not visited merely for toddy but also for the delicacies served there.
  • Enjoy the fresh friedlobsters available in the shacks on the water front or stop to purchase fresh water tiger prawnsfor your evening meal.
  • Visit the many shrimp cultivation farms spread over the place wherein the guests can watch and catch them for an authentic Kerala meal.

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