Houseboats, fishermen, canals, huge lakes are what Alleppey reminds one of. The major attraction of Kerala and the perfect destination to enjoy tourism along with the raw local life is this network of lagoons and canals called Alappuzha or Alleppey. Experiences like coir-making, mat making, local fishing can be seen here. With lushy paddy fields and the huge lakes to feed them, this district of Kerala stands out in attracting tourists.
Often called the ‘Venice of the East’ with the canals running through the streets and canoes being a common sight, Alleppey has some major contribution to tourism and economy of Kerala. Terms like ‘Responsible Tourism’ and ‘ Sustainable Tourism’ has been implemented here at the core level, where the locals have a major contribution. They are a major part of tourism which in return has also led to their development and sustainable continuation of their culture and lifestyle.
The lined up houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala are still made in the traditional method with a touch of luxury to give a better experience to the travellers. Once used to store rice barges and now converted into houseboats for travellers shows how popular the backwaters and these unique stays are. It is an experience in itself that cannot be missed, especially as you get to see the regular local life in move and get a taste of the local cuisine on board.
Along with the never-ending Lakes and canals, Alleppey surprises you with its beach - Marari, which is one of the calm and poise beaches in the area. This would be the perfect getaway for a leisure day after exploring the backwaters. Alleppey is also popular for the annual boat race - Nehru Trophy Boat race, which is one of the greatest and widely watched sports from Kerala.
Highlights: House boat, Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach, Alleppey Beach.