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Alappuzha

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Alappuzha or the Venice of East used to be a place from where you could see the Arabian see from any of its quarters. But the things have changed with years. Today you have to walk to the sea shore to see the Arabian Sea. Still there are things which are the same like the backwaters of Alappuzha. They attract the same love, rhythm and calmness as ever. Thousands of Sailanis or tourists come here each here to enjoy the serenity which these waters implore on them.

Being on the Jetty and moving through the canals covered with hyacinths. The houseboats floating on the water take you through the sight-seeing of the town and the villages that come on the way. Pass through a carnage which takes you on a voyage which is completely different from others.


Fast Facts :
  • Location : Alappazuha or Alleppey, Near Kochi
  • How to Reach : NH47 To Ernakulum, NH 47 To Alappuzha via Arur and Chertthala, NH 47 to Alleppy via Kollam, Karunagapally, Kayamkulum, Haripad and Ambalapuzha
  • Distance : 71kms South of Kochi, 147 kms north of Thiruvananthpuram
  • Price for Houseboats : 10,000 to 15,000 for a all air-conditioned kettuvulumn covering one way trip to a particular place. (* Prices are subject to change)
  • Best Time to Go : Indian Winters - October to February end
Snake Boat Race
Snake Boat Race
Held every year around the time of Onam, the giant boats called Chundanvalloms race against each other to win the prestigious Nehru Trophy named after the First Prime Minister of India, Nehru. The Punnamada Kayal is the starting Point of the Nehru Annual Boat race in Alappuzha. The biggest Snake Boat Race is held on the second saturday of August. These are attractive with as many as 100 rowers and cheerleaders.

Aleppy Coir Village
The Coir Village
Alappuzha is very famous for its Coir Industry. With thousands of things being made of the Coir which are exported from here, its a good place to see the Indian Village Industry. In the coir village you can see the making of huts, small souvenirs and even the houseboats being made. An entire round trip of the Coir Village can take a couple of hours.




Alappazuha BackwatersThe Place :
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


The Houseboat

The Houseboats are a luxurious experience for those who spend at least a week on the House boats. With the luxury of Air conditioners rooms and soft carpets the luxury is spread all around. The entrance of Houseboat is with an open area which has a covered roof. Here are the two to four chairs or lines sofas where you can sit, sip a cup of coffee and enjoy the ripples of water. You can take it as the living room of your home. Attached to this room will be your dining where your breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. From there you will enter your Kitchen, exactly like the one you have at your home, the only difference being that here you will have a Chef who will cook for you. Inside the Houseboats there are rooms which are well furnished with the attached bathrooms. The houseboats have a crew of a Chef, the Captain of the boat and the Helper. For larger boats there can be two helpers. The houseboats can be 2 roomed to 5 roomed. With cozy environs and cool comforts, the days spent in a houseboat are memorable for life.


Suggestions
  • The fare includes living in houseboats for the stipulated time, with meals and sight-seeing.
  • Sight-seeing of near by villages will be in Air Conditioned coaches but it needs to be checked as there is a difference between A/C and Non A/C coaches fare.
  • The food would be basically South Indian. However Continental can also be served on request.
  • Usually a tour costs about 10, 000 to 15,000 Indian Rs for a all A/C tour. There are also tours which can be of lesser price.
  • The Houseboat tour begins from a particular place but it is not important that the tour ends at that particular place. You can also end your tour in some other place as per your ease. For this you will have to ask for One Way Houseboat Tour.
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