Alappuzha (also known as “Alleppey”) is a coastal city in the south Indian state of Kerala . It's located on the Laccadive Sea.
Alappuzha is known for having some of the best portions of Kerala’s backwaters, houseboat cruises along the tranquil canals and lagoons on these. The city also has many beautiful beaches, lakes, churches, temples and parks. Here are some of the best attractions of Alappuzha to visit:
- Kayamkulam Lake
- Kumarakom Bird sanctuary
- Kuttanad Backwaters (cruises on houseboats)
- Vembanad Lake
If you are planning a trip to Alappuzha, do not forget to pay a visit to these below listed places :
- Krishnapuram Palace (an 18th century palace building)
- Ambalappuzha Temple (one of the oldest Krishna temples in Kerala)
- St. Andrew’s Forane Church
- Mannarasala Temple
- St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal
- Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple
Some of the best museums to visit in the city are:
- International Coir Museum – A museum of coir art items; coir is the fiber from the outer husk of coconuts – Kerala is full of coconut trees and coconuts are predominant in their cuisine and culture; This is an interesting museum to check out.
- Revi Karunakaran Museum – A museum with a collection of various antiques, ivory items, fossils, and jewellery stones like jade, emeralds etc. that are part of Alappuzha’s heritage.
Major festivals and events celebrated in Alappuzha are:
- Onam – This is one of the most important festivals in Kerala state, and is also celebrated in Kochi majestically. Street parades happen with dancers dressed like animals, and people decorate homes and streets with flowers in the form of Rangolis (also called Pookalam).
- Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani – This is a festival celebrated every year at the Chettikulangara Devi temple in the Alappuzha district in Kerala. It is held in the month of February or March - the exact date is determined according to Malayalam Calendar.
- Aluva Shivarathri – A festival dedicated to Lord Shiva. People usually fast during daytimes and pray to Lord Shiva during this festival. In Kerala, it is celebrated during the months of February/March.
- Champakulam Moolam Boat Race Event – Kerala is known for its snake boat (a long boat that is rowed by multiple people) races; this event is one of the oldest snake boat races in Kerala. It is held on the River Pamba each year; on the anniversary of installation of the deity of the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple.
Alappuzha is known for its coir industry. The carpets, artefacts and handicrafts made of coir are a must buy here and make for lovely souvenirs as well as utilities or décor pieces. The city’s markets also sell amazing aromatic whole spices like pepper, cloves, nutmeg, areca nut and cardamom, and the finest quality of fresh coconut oil. Here are some of the best shopping spots worth scouring in Alleppey and to shop for these items:
- Pulickattil Handicrafts
- Mullakkal Market
- Sharda Shopping Complex
- Canal Bazaar
- Chandra Babu Shopping Complex
The food in Alappuzha food mostly comprises of Keralite specialties , which are cooked in coconut and coconut products (coconut milk, coconut oil), rice and bananas (ripe or unripe). The staple grain is rice and most curries and stews are eaten with steamed rice, or rice items like:
- Puttu (rolls made of broken rice and coconut flour and steamed)
- Appam (Crepes made with fermented rice batter mixed with coconut milk)
- Idiyappam (thin vermicelli/noodles-like dish made with rice flour batter)
Some popular restaurants and eateries in Alappuzha to dine at are as follows:
- The Harbour Restaurant
- Blues and Burgers Bistro
- Oru Dosa Company
- Cafe Catamaran
- Makkani Restaurant
- Avees Puttu House
- Choola Restaurant
- Hotel Aryaas Vegetarian Restaurant
- Avocado Garden Restaurant
- Thaza Family Food Park
Alappuzha has many good hotels for a comfortable stay. Here are some of the best places to stay at in Alappuzha:
- Ramada by Wyndham
- The Rain
- Chaandhni Lake View Hotel
- Uday Backwater Resort
- Treebo Tryst Palmyra Milford
- White Sand Beach Resort
- Punnamada Resort
- Palmgrove Lake Resort
- Marari Village Beach Resort
- Lake Canopy
Alappuzha STD Code – 0477 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
- Women Helpline – 1091
- Crime Stopper – 1090
- Child Helpline – 1098
- State Disaster Management – 1070
Malayalam, English are official languages of Alappuzha.
- Welcome - Swagatam
- Hello - Namaskaram
- How are you? - Engnganuntu karyangngal?
- What's your name? - Ninte perentha?
- My name is - Ente per ... n
- Where are you from? - Angu evidennanu?