Alappuzha is a place surrounded by lush greenery, backwaters and a number
of canals. The Backwater of Alappuzha usually starts at Alapuzha and ends at
Alapuzha. The boats can be hi red from the Tourist Jetty near the bus
station. You can also ask DTPC for a private cruise (Rs 300 per hour for a
group of 10 and Rs 450 for a group of 20; 8 am to 7 pm). There is also a
Aleppey - Kollam 8 hr daily cruise and an Alleppy - Koyattam Cruise (Rs 2000
for a group of 10 persons, 2 and 1/2 hrs cruise).
For a cruise from Alappuzha you can take the route to Trikkunapuzha. En
route you will see several stops along the backwaters - resorts, temple,
museums, palaces, villages. Aleppy to Trikkunapuzha is 31 kms. By road its
40 minutes drive and by houseboat it takes 4 hrs appproximately.
Trikkunapuzha Island is south of the lock that separates the freshwater from
the Backwaters from the saltwater of the Kayamkulam region. It is on the
main Inland waterway that connects to Kollam to Kochi.
Alappuzha has a peculiar feature of having the water in the level of the
land. This gives the advantage of having a closer of the village life on the
shore while on the backwater fringe. Palm fringed narrow canals winding
through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the tidy hamlets lined up along
both the sides of the canals are one of the beautiful sights you will get to
see. The backwater cruise you takes on a round of the nearby villages which
covers the main attractions of Alappuzha. These cover the places like the
Mullackal town, the lighthouse near the beach, the paddy fields, the palm
fringed shores and the temple of Alappuzha. If you are on a five to seven
day tour then the backwater cruise will also take you a Coir Village visit
where you can see various this being made out of Coir.
From Alleppey the Houseboats have these cruises - Alleppey - Thottappilly;
Alleppey - Kumarakom; Alleppey - Changanassery; Alleppey - Alumkadavu;
Kumarakom - Kidangara; Kumarakom - Alumkadavu; Alleppey - Kottayam; Alleppey
- Kollam; Alleppey - Kochi