Explore Alleppey: A humble and quaint town in the south Indian state of Kerala, Alleppey aka Alappuzha is truly the 'Venice of the East'. The city has been bestowed with natural beauty; endless backwaters, pristine beaches, countless canals and beautiful lagoons. Backwaters being the most popular attraction in Alleppey, attracts maximum number of travellers throughout the year. There's also an annual boat race, called the Nehru Trophy Alleppey Snake Boat Race which is a major event in Alleppey and is counted as one of the largest team sport in the world. The event falls on the second Saturday of August, and welcomes viewers from far off corners of the world. Be a part of this grand festivity and enjoy a houseboat vacation on the backwaters of Alleppey.
Getting There: Being a major tourist destination in India, Alleppey shares a good connectivity to the other parts of the country. Getting there by rail, road and air is as easy as it can get.
Where To Stay: Homestays in Alleppey are an extension of the beauty of breathtaking backwaters of the town. Brimming with the stunning serenity, these homestays ensure a blissful time, offering the best environment and homemade delights. Not only this, the gorgeous properties have also taken forward the rich tradition of Ayurveda and spa treatment to another level. There are a total of 99 vacation rentals in Alleppey listed on Travelguru.com for you to choose from. Browse through the list of exotic houses, romantic house boats, comfortable B&Bs and grand villas. If you are looking for homestays near Alappuzha backwaters, there are 7 properties where guests are treated to flattering hospitality by the host family. Regal Mansion Homestay (https://www.travelguru.com/homestays/homestays-in-alleppey/regal-mansion-homestay), Maya Residency, Dazzle Dew Memories (https://www.travelguru.com/homestays/homestays-in-alleppey/dazzle-dew-memories), Visrutha, Alapatt Homestay and Kera Houseboat are some of the holiday homes facing backwaters, which are designed to provide a perfect hideaway. Apart from these, there are 8 homestays near Alleppey Bus Stand, 7 homestays near Arayiram Para, 7 homestays near Nehru Trophy Boat Race Venue in Alleppey, which you can choose as per your choice of vacation. If you're travelling with your family and are on a pilgrimage, you can choose to stay at a homestay near Chakkulathukavu Devi Temple. There's Waves Beach House, Maya 02 Bed Delux Houseboat and Visrutha which are the preferred choice among travellers for a comfortable stay that too in close proximity to the temple. When in town, staying at a bed and breakfast hotels in Alleppey is also a great idea. There are a number of properties categorised under B&Bs on Travelguru Homestays; Marari Beach John's Villa, Beach Palm Homestay, Gokulam Heritage, Dazzle Dew Memories, The Alleppey Beach Bay Resort, Xanadu Mararivillas, Gowri Marari Beach Villa, Palath Homestay, Pearlspot Resort & Spa and Backwater Breeze are some of the most sought after homestays in Alleppey.
What To See: When it comes to exploring Alleppey, there are several points of interest and places to see. There are old temples, religious places, beaches, paddy fields and not to mention, houseboat cruise. Go ahead, get your cameras handy and explore all the amazing places in Alleppey, while you collect memories and polaroids.
What To Eat: Alleppey is blessed with rich flora and fauna, thus making the cuisine delicious and even more authentic. Here you can splurge on the seafood, especially shrimps and prawns. Also, normal South Indian food, Chettinad Chicken and other chicken curry items are quite popular in Alleppey that will leave you craving for more. And, yes - grab some banana chips to munch upon.
Where To Shop: Alleppey is not a regular shopper's delight, but what you get here is not available in other parts of the country. The city is famous for its spice plantations, and markets here sell a range of spices including the rare and common ones. You can also shop for South Indian handicrafts, artefacts, coir products and carpets, and fresh fish (in case you feel like cooking yourself). You can shop for all these things at the Alappuzha Zakariya Market. Some other popular markets in Alleppey are Chandra Babu Shopping Complex and Sarada Shopping Comples.
Insider's Tip: For a truly relaxing experience in Alleppey, you must try the Kerala Ayurvedic massage.