Roads, vehicles, people, markets, and monuments! Often these are the pictures that come to mind when we plan a trip. But there is one place in India that has changed this narrative. Alleppey, the Venice of the East. Home to the elegant, greenery fringed backwaters, beautiful houseboats, and picturesque views. Indeed, it is here that mother nature has spent up on the land her richest bounties.
As winter has set in the north, it is the best time to pack your bags and take a trip to the beautiful town of Kerala. It would offer you a pleasant climate, instagramable pictures, and most important lots of memories.
Come along, and explore the best Alleppey tourist places in Alleppey.
The Boathouse Staycation
A boathouse staycation in Alleppeys’s backwaters is the unique selling point of Kerala’s Tourism. The fact that you are not rushing around trying to cram different things in a day is what makes it unique. Just sitting and enjoying the beautiful lush greenery, witnessing the simple village life on the bank, gazing over a paddy field of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges, and devouring authentic Malayali food cooked by local chefs, is what makes this experience magical. Your trip to Alleppey would be incomplete if you don’t take this stay for at least a day.
The Alappuzha Beach
A picture synonymous with the Onam festivities is hundreds of men rowing longboats in the river with joy on their faces and vigor in their eyes. Well! It is this beach right here that would make this picture come alive. Yes, Alappuzha beach is the host to the most renowned boat race in the world- The Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Held each year on the second Saturday of the month of August, this race draws thousands of people to this beach to witness it.
The rhythmic and synchronized way of rowing the mastic snake boats is a sight to behold. But this is not it. This beach has a 140 years-old pier extending into the sea and an old 17th-century lighthouse built by the Portuguese that impart an old-world charm to this place. Witness the setting of the sun against these majestic natural beauties and I assure you that you will forget all your worries and just live in the moment.
The Marari Beach
Nestled away from the chaotic center of Alleppey, Marari beach is a perfect hide-out if you are looking for some ‘me’ time away from the hustle and bustle of life. This beach is enveloped in peace and serenity with untouched natural beauty. The soft-swaying of coconut trees and the warm golden sand give the most unusual and calming experience to anyone who visits it. Come here with your favorite book or your favorite camera and indulge in your favorite activity.
This beach has not been commercialized yet and this is what makes it perfect for people who like to try offbeat things. Marari Village near this beach provides a perfect opportunity for every traveler to witness the slow-paced and relaxed life of the people here. Go fishing with the fishermen or just lay basking in the warm winter sun and spend your day the way you like it.
Sitting in the quietude of Kayamkulam municipality of Alleppey is this Krishnapuram Palace. Being of great archeological and historical importance, this place bears magnificent architecture, many significant murals, the double-edged sword Kayamkulam Vaal and an attractive Buddha statue in the midst of a well-manicured and tended garden. This place is a must-visit for all history lovers. The mural “Gajendra Moksham” adorned by this place is considered to be the biggest mural (53 sq. feet) in all of Kerala. So do come here when you are in Alleppey and marvel at its structure and witness a lot of antiques and regiments of the glorious past.
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Popularly called “Dwarka of the South” this temple experiences footfall of both the locals and tourists throughout the year. Built-in the traditional Kerala-style architectural pattern, the temple has Parthsarthi ( another name for Lord Krishna) as the main deity presiding in the temple. But the main tourist attraction of this place is Pal Payasam, a rice pudding prepared in sweet milk.
Do not miss out on this delicacy and blessing of the Lord. And do ask your guide about the legend of this Pal Payasam. It would surely entice you and add a wonderful tale to your travel diaries.
Alappuzha is truly a wonderland of Kerala. Plan a trip to Alappuzha in winters and witness the gifts of God bestowed upon this land having a perfect mix of the sun and sand. Bon Voyage!
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