Alleppey tour packages & holidays
Alleppey is a tranquil backwater region that is a fishing and tourist hub of Kerala, one of the two southernmost states of India. Verdant green landscapes, limpid lagoons, mangrove forests and coconut palms swaying in steady coastal winds await the weary traveler seeking rest. The name Alleppey is an Anglicization of the word Alappuzha from the local language Malayalam that tells of the town's position on the backwaters of the Arabian Sea as the place where inland rivers end their journey and meet the mighty sea. Alleppey is a popular getaway for locals and tourists and is known for its tranquil cruises and rich maritime history.
Alleppey as tour and holiday destination
Alleppey, India boasts a vibrant cultural and maritime history as one of the earliest fishing towns established on the west coast of the state of Kerala. Small fishing communities still live along the banks of a network of quiet canals and waterways. The town's greatest tourist attraction is the expansive Vembanad Lake. Covering an area of over 2000 square kilometers, the lake is one of the largest in India and is known for its fine fishing.
Things to do in Alleppey
A great way to spend a relaxing holiday weekend in Alleppey is to stay on a 'house-boat' - much like a boathouse, but with all the conveniences of home. A house-boat allows you to cruise the backwaters and the vast expanse of the lake. A typical house-boat cruise lasts about three or four days and offers a holiday experience at your pace, fishing, bird-watching and visiting the fishing villages that dot the coast. The Vembanad Lake is known for its fine flora and fauna with resident and visiting bird species. Like most Kerala towns, nightlife is limited to special arrangements you make at your houseboat, resort or hotel. Nightfall out on the lake is a rejuvenating experience of peace with nature and the simpler things in life. Other attractions include the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and several historic churches and temples in the area. Alleppey also boasts of one of the oldest lighthouses in Indian maritime history.
Best time to visit Alleppey
Alleppey is best visited during autumn and winter on account of its warm, tropical clime. The months between September and February represent the peak tourist season when facilities and hotels are at their best, but are also crowded. The dry season from March to June and the wet season between July and September are best avoided, although the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, an annual race that coincides with Onam, the harvest festival in August is a magnificent event that should not be missed. Alleppey, India is a taste of the state of Kerala, often known as 'God's Own Country' - truly paradise on earth.