Explore the Natural Beauty of Alleppey Backwaters
Alleppey in Kerala is also popularly known as the Venice of the East as it offers similar interconnecting channels and waterways. Alappuzha is its local name and you should explore each and every corner of this naturally blessed city using boats as in the Venice. The place is a great tourist spot and the Alleppey Hotels provide all types of accommodation to its visitors along with Kerala special delicacies.
Bliss of Nature
You would be surprised to know that apart from Holland this is the only place where rice is cultivated under the sea level. Other attractions include thickly nestling coconut palms, paddy fields and Chinese nets. The place welcomes tourists with open arms and the beauty of lagoons, melodious echoes of the exotic and the tranquility of the fields just takes you into a very different world.
Backwater Center for the Tourist
Each year hundreds of tourists come to Alappuzha to enjoy the tour of backwaters and also to witness the boat races which are the major attraction here. Impressive snake boats in large number with maximum 120 oarsmen lineup to compete in the race. The boat has to reach speedily to the last destination or finishing line of the Nehru boat race. All around the Alleppey, these days are declared as holidays as it is a matter of pride and happiness to the locals.
Enjoy the House Boat Trip
Your tour is not complete unless you take a trip in the houseboat of Alleppey. These boats are huge and are prepared by using eco-friendly materials such as ropes and wood. These boats were earlier used to carry the farm produce such as rice all through the waterways. Over the period, these boats have now evolved as well equipped boats that offer leisurely cruise to the visitors. Mostly the stretch along the Alleppey and Punnamada Lake are the most preferred for the backwaters houseboat rides as they ensure cozy stay all through the waterways.
Apart from the Alleppey hotels, you also can book your honeymoon, family or corporate holiday along this houseboat and add more adventure to your trip.
Life around Alleppey
The waterway of this place is interconnected and creates a navigable backwater area of 900 km. Here people's life revolves around the waterways and owning country boats is considered a matter of prestige just as the urban people consider about the cars. The shallow water along the shores is ideal for swimming and the local markets display local crafts and tangy and spicy fish delicacies. Karimeen is a special fish dish of the region. If you love to try drinks of different tastes then coconut toddy- a local beverage can certainly give you a nice zing.
Ancient religious buildings such as the fabled Ambalapuzha-Sri Krishna Temple or the St. Andrew Church built by Portuguese missionaries offer you the glimpse of bygone glories.