Facing the Arabian Sea on the west, Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a surreal destination and has been a natural abode for travelers from far and wide for its natural beauty and for most of them, the lure of Alappuzha is simply too big to resist.
Wonderful lagoons, canals, lakes and fresh water rivers lined by pine and coconut trees are interspersed along the stretch of coastline at Alappuzha. Enjoying the unique accommodation in indulgent houseboat and leisure-rides in the Ketuvallams traditional houseboats in these stunningly beautiful canals will in all certainty be an memorable affair.
It is no surprise that the stunning natural beauty of Alappuzha earned it the epithet of "the Venice of the East" by English Governor General Lord Curzon,
With its vivid blue ocean, the waters of the Alappuzha attract water adventurers and waterbabies belonging to every age group. Once at Alappuzha, you will find much to do both above and below this calm sea: snorkeling, swimming, sailing, scuba-diving, kayaking, waterskiing and jetskiing are just a few of the water sports visitors to Alappuzha can indulge in.
The Light-house at Alappuzha commands a magnificent view of the surrounding areas.
If you're anywhere near Alappuzha in the first half of August, don't miss the Snake Boat Race, one of Kerala's most flamboyant festivals. Named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the course of Punnamda Lake on the second Saturday of August every year. This fiercely fought boat race is often considered as the ultimate test of skill, speed and endurance and attracts thousands of people. Prior to competing for the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, rowers numbering about 90 to 100 on each low slung chundan vellam (snake boat) undergo rigorous training for many days.
Apart from the beaches of Marari, Alappuzha and Andhakaranazhi, other top places to visit in Alappuzha are Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja, Salafi Juma Masjid Mosque, Poomkavu Church and Mullackal Raja Rajeshwari Temple.
The very words of Ayurvedic wellness centres bring to the mind the destination of Alappuzha. Almost every hotel in and around Alappuzha offers Ayurvedic treatments.
That said, Alappuzha's wide array of attractions ensures that tourists will find themselves in the pleasant dilemma of choosing which one to focus their attention on.