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Alappuzha (Alleppey)

The city of Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is in Kerala. This district headquarters is 70 km south of Cochin. It is often called the Venice of the East due to the canals that connect it to Kerala's famous snaking backwaters.


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Planning a Trip

1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By bus 1.4 By car By plane Cochin International Airport General tel: +91 484 305-3000, Flight status and +Airline desk transfer: ☎ +91 484 2610115, +91 484 2611322, +91 484 2610033. This is the nearest airport. Expect to pay about ₹450 for a taxi to get from Cochin airport to Cochin, and then more for a bus or train to Alappuzha. Alternatively, there are airports inThiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kozhikode (Calicut), Chennai, and Bangalore and you can catch a train to Alappuzha. By train Trains service Alappuzha from Kochi (Cochin), Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bengalooru (Bangalore), Coimbatore, Mumbai (Bombay), New Delhi, Mangalore, and Kolkata. If you are coming from Hyderabad, you can take the Sabari Express. By bus There are bus services operating from Cochin (1:45 hours, ₹45 for KSRTC), Thiruvananthapuram (3.30 hours, ₹110 for KSRTC ), Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore (overnight luxury ₹800), Mysore, Coimbatore (overnight ₹250) to Alappuzha. By car The entire Alappuzha district is well-connected by NH 66 (previously NH 47), which is part of the North-South East-West corridor. It goes via the Alappuzha, Ambalapuzha and Cherthala cities. Alappuzha is well connected to other cities Kochi, Kottayam, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore by road. Tourist taxis are the most convenient way to travel from attraction to attraction, especially while travelling in a group. Most airports and railway stations have tourist taxi services that can take you anywhere you would like to go.

Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Top Attractions

Pathway in Alappuzha Public transport boat in Alappuzha Village boat in Alappuzha Alappuzha Light House The city itself is a sight to see. Exploring the city, especially by boat, can often lead to memorable experiences. Bring a camera, there are many photo opportunities on the waterways and beaches. If you are visiting Alappuzha, enquire about the schedule of temple festivals. Alappuzha is one of the few places in Kerala where non-Hindus are allowed enter temple premises. Most of the Kerala temples do not allow this and if you are a foreigner you are immediately branded as non-Hindu and prevented from entering. Alappuzha temples are generally more open and accepting, though there might be a few areas inside the temples where entry is restricted. The Ambalapuzha temple festival is particularly impressive. Five elephants carry the Krishna idol, with a music accompaniment, for a distance of about 14 kilometres away from Alappuzha and to the temple. Make sure you try the rose palpayasam. The temple makes this traditional, sweet, milk-based drink by boiling it until the milk condenses and turns a light pink colour. 9.49496376.3236621 Jain Derasar. This temple is very calm and quiet temple. Allepey has a very small Jain population.  9.3800176.3864732 Karumadikkuttan (Karimadi, Near Ambalapuzha). This is a 9th century black granite statue of the Buddha, locally known as Karumadi Kuttan. This statue is protected by the Archeological survey of India.  9.59618176.3022233 Marari-beach, Mararikulam. A good destination for a day trip, it is about 16km north of Alappuzha town. This area also has the Mahadeva temple and Arthunkal church. You can get here by local bus from the KSTC bus stand, get off at Maraikulam Junction (journey time: 20min), and then walk 4km or (better) get an autorickshaw for around ₹30 to the beach itself.  9.40916776.4111114 St. Mary's Church. Alleppey has a high percentage of Christians. St. Mary’s Church (Champakulam) is believed to be one of the seven churches established by St. Thomas.  9.383676.36955 Sreekrishna Swamy Temple, Ambalapuzha. This temple was built in the 15th century. Of interest here is an extremely distinctive Paal-Payasam (a sweet milk dessert made out of rice, with jaggery, in milk). Its recipe is a well guarded secret. It's believed the same cooks cannot reproduce the same taste using same ingredients, anywhere, because of a special blessing given by the Lord to his favorite kitchen. Definitely try some if you are somewhere near this temple. This payasam is distributed everyday, exactly at 12:00 Noon. Only those who have a prior booking are allowed to partake. You can get one from the stall just outside the temple. 

Alappuzha (Alleppey)