Alleppey is one of the beautiful places to visit in Kerala. The clean atmosphere, serene environment and thick bushes of greenery attract the visitors in first look. If you have plans to visit Kerala but confused which area to visit, you should definitely consider Alleppey. It is also referred to as Alappuzha. It means dirt free city in India.

Alapuzzha is gifted with gorgeous natural forces such as numerous canals, sky-blue lagoons, endless backwaters, and picturesque beaches. The main city is popularly praised as ‘Kerala’s Venetian Capital’ and ‘Venice of the East’. The backwaters are filled with houseboats. It is must to experience a houseboat vacation which you could rejoice for life.  It is easy to find several cruise and stationary houseboats around Alleppey. It is located at a distance of 53 kilometers from Kochi.

Cochin International Airport serves as the nearest airport to reach Alleppey. As the two cities are easily connected with various public transportation you do not have to think about transportation.

1. Kuttanad

Comprising of shimmering rivulets, rivers, lakes, canals, and waterways, Kuttanad is a gorgeous tropical region in Kerala. It is surrounded by the hills and seas and provides a lovely scenic view to the guests. It is considered as India’s backwater paradise as it focuses mainly on backwater cruises.

Situated far from the usual city life of Kerala, Kuttanad remains as a private alcove of nature. The nature-loving travelers would enjoy this place to the extreme. The four important rivers Pampa, Achankovil, Meechil, and Manimala flow make Kuttanad a famous hub for travelers who love natural beauty. Kuttanad is one of the top places to visit in Alleppey where you can enjoy the backwaters and admire the swish of trees and winds. The specialty of Kuttanad is seafood.

Time Required: 1 day

Entrance Cost: No Entry Fee.

Timings: Kuttanad is best to visit between 12.00 AM and 11.59 PM.

2. Krishnapuram Palace

Being one of the popular tourist places to visit in Alleppey, Krishnapuram Palace gives you a complete idea about the lives, nature and periods of South India people. It is definitely worth to spend one to two hours at this palace. The entire exploration and visit would guarantee rejuvenation of soul, mind, and body. Visiting Krishnapuram Palace is one of the best things to do in Alleppey.

Krishnapuram Palace is said to be constructed during the 18th century. It is a famous palace and museum of South India. Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma has constructed the palace. It was under the control of Travancore Kingdom.  Moreover, this palace was constructed in the Kerala traditional style with dormer windows, narrow corridors, and gushed roof. It is situated close to the Krishnapuram Krishnaswamy Temple. Currently, the Kerala Archaeological Department is maintaining the Krishnapuram Palace. The palace is located on a small hilltop and it is enclosed by a gorgeous terrace garden with lawns, ponds, and fountains.

Time Required: 1 to 2 hours

Entrance Cost: INR 5 for children, INR 10 for adults, INR 250 for a video camera and INR 25 for still camera.

Timings: The Krishnapuram Palace remains closed on Monday. On other days, it is open from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM.

3. Mary’s Forane Church

St. Mary’s Forane Church is popular for its events, educational institutions, and Friday Liturgy. It is a must visit place in Alleppey. Being the world famous pilgrimage centre, one can visit to know about the Christian’s lifestyle and culture. At present, the church houses more than 2500 families and remains as a favourite tourist place in Alleppey. It is visited by masses of tourists all throughout the year.

At St. Mary’s Forane Church, two festivals- St. Mary’s Feast and St. Sebastian’s Feast are celebrated in a grand manner every year. The Sebastian in this church is attractive and quite ancient. It is exposed to the public during the festival. Amazing display of colours and fireworks make the entire festival fun, remarkable and interesting.

Time Required: 1 to 2 hours

Entrance Cost: No entry fee

Timings: St. Mary’s Forane Church remains open from 6.00 AM to 8.00 PM on all days.

 4. Alleppey Beach

Fascinating sunrise and sunset views, beautiful waves, crystal clear water, and glistening sands makes the Alappuzha or Alleppey Beach one of the top places to visit in Alleppey. It is a stunningly beautiful beach with vast and endless stretches. It serves as a famous hideout for families and couples. The main attraction of the Alleppey Beach is its stretches, which make the visit enjoyable and ecstatic. It is close to several popular places of visit like Vijay Park, Sea View Park, and the Bishop’s House. It serves as an important location for several South India movies.

Time required: It is best to spend around 1-2 hours on this beach.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: It is open on all days.

5. Sea View Park

As it located close to Alleppey beach, Sea View Park is flocked by tourists all throughout the year. It provides a chance to enjoy and indulge in different kinds of boat rides. It is the best picnic spot in Alleppey, which the families can picnic at the beach as well as spend some time at the park. It has a swimming pool and offers boating facilities.

Boat rental charges for 10 minutes – INR 10 for round boat, INR 15 for pedal boat. INR 25 for video camera and INR 100 for camera.

6. Bishop’s House

Bishop’s House was constructed in 1506 and it remained as dwelling of Portuguese Governor. It is located on a small hillock close to the Parade Ground. The entrance of the house consists of large Gothic arches along with a beautiful circular garden path. There is an Indo Portuguese Museum close to the Bishop’s House that has various precious artifacts collected from numerous churches of the Cochin diocese. Dom Jos Gomes Ferreira who was the 27th Patriarch of the Kochi Diocese has acquired the church. It is 5 kilometers far from the Ernakulam Railway Station.

7. Amaze World

Amaze World or Vijaya Park is the latest amusement park in Alleppey. It is the must visit place especially if you have kids. Apart from rich vegetation, Amaze World has several amusements like mechanical bull, merry go round, snack bars, indoor game zone room and a pedal boating in small pond. Situated on the south side of Alappuzha Beach, Amaze World or Vijaya Beach Park is the favourite hangout among locals and tourists. Completely packed with lush trees, Vijaya Park offers a break after having fun time on the beach. It also houses tiny toy trains which are open for tiny tots to ride all around the park. Several cultural events are organized in the evening hours within the park.

Entrance cost: INR 10 for adults, INR 5 for kids, INR 15 for camera.

Timings: Amaze World is open from 10.00 AM to 9.00 PM.

8. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal

If you are thinking to spend time among nature and wildlife, you need to consider visiting one of the top destinations of Alleppey- St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal. It offers a rendezvous with exotic wild birds. It is a bird sanctuary renowned for numerous migratory animals and birds and serves as a heaven for ornithologists. It is situated in the calm backwaters of Kerala. It was initially a rubber plantation but slowly changed like a bird sanctuary.

The sanctuary is spread around 14 acres on the Kavanar River’s Southern Bank. It serves as a favorite tourist spot for people from various parts of the world. The neighboring areas of this sanctuary are also popular among tourists. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation arranges World Wetlands Day and it is celebrated with great vigor and zeal. It organizes bird watching programmes and events for travelers.

Time required: The entire bird sanctuary can be explored within 1-2 hours.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal is open from 5.30 AM to 6.30 PM.

9. Karumadikuttan

Karumadi is a serene and peaceful village located few kilometers away from Alleppey or Alappuzha. It is one of the favourite places in Alleppey, especially for the explorers. It plays an important role in the development and history of Buddhism and it is notorious for Sri Buddha’s black granite statue. Another interesting part of this statue is the left-hand portion of Sri Buddha figure is missing. Numerous theories were performed to find out whether the left-hand portion has been broken or cut off in due course of time. It is believed that this statue has several mystical and magical powers.

The place is also surrounded by various local restaurants which should be tried because of the usage of indigenous spices. You can try both South Indian cuisines and dishes at the nearby restaurants in this place. At present, Karumadikkuttan is managed and maintained by the state government of Kerala. This small village is congregated by disciples in large numbers. It is 3 kilometers from Alleppey and can be reached by private cabs or auto rickshaws.

Time required: You would require about 1-2 hours to explore the entire village and the famous Buddha statue.

Timings: Karumadikkuttan is open from 8.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

10. Marari Beach

Marari Beach is a perfect destination if you wish to relax and rejuvenate completely. There is a small sleepy village near the Marari Beach and that makes this beach popular and unique. It is thronged by people from various parts of the world. Tourists visit this spot to understand and learn the culture and traditions of Kerala.

The crystal clear waters, picturesque sunrise and sunset views and glistening sands offer a romantic and intimate experience for the couples. The National Geographical Review has rated the Marari Beach as one among the best 5 Hammock beaches in the world. It makes travelers free from busy modern life. It offers an unbeatable experience to enjoy and unwind different bounties and facets of nature and life.

Ensure to visit the village near the sea as it is one of the top places to visit in Alleppey. People visiting this beach are requested to follow the strict rules and conditions for preserving the beach and its nearby areas. There are several local eateries and restaurants that offer authentic Kerala cuisine. It is sure you would come across a memorable experience at Marari Beach restaurants by tasting sumptuous dishes of Kerala.

Time required: It is best to spend around 1-2 hours on this beach.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: It is open on all days.

11. Edathua Church

It is a popular St. George’s Catholic Church located in Edathua, Alappuzha district of Kerala. This church is popular for rejoicing grand festivals in the month of May. It is visited by both non-Christian and Christian pilgrims.  At present, the church is near to St. Aloysius College under Mahatma Gandhi University. As it is located near below the sea level area, it offers a unique experience for travelers to discover rice farms and agricultural lands that are divided through the rivers. It has an enchanting environment with mud embankments, which one could see in New York.

12. Pandavan Rock

The name has been consequent from famous Indian tale Mahabharata. The Pandavan Rock remains as a popular tourist attraction in Alleppey. There is a strong belief that the Pandavas had been living inside the cave during their time of banishment. At present, it serves as a background for a lovely picnic spot. You need to walk to reach the spot. It is an entertaining and fun experience to walk with friends and family to see Pandavan Rock.

Apart from trails, the travelers could witness stunning sights of forests and hills. On the way, the tourists can also witness Kallada Dam. If possible, they can take a small break to witness and enjoy the gorgeous Kallada Dam.

13. Pathiramanal

The meaning of the term Pathiramanal is Sands of the Night. Located in the backwaters in Lake Vembanad, Pathiramanal is a tiny lake island. It is considered a paradise for bird watchers, wildlife photographers, and nature lovers. It approximately houses 50 types of migratory birds and 91 local varieties of birds. It is an extremely scenic island and serves as a lovely space to witness water and birds. As the place is completely unpopulated, you do not have to think about hawkers and crowd disturbing the natural beauty.

It is not a popular tourist spot as it remains uninhabited. It does not have many facilities for tourists like benches, restrooms, and restaurants. If you visit the island with all the preparations, you would truly enjoy this spot. It is recommended to visit the island at the peak season to enjoy and experience the cheery sounds of numerous birds.

14. Andrew’s Forance Church

Also referred to as Arthunkal Church, St. Andrew’s Forance Church is one of the popular churches in Kerala. It attracts numerous devotees all throughout the year. The famous festival of this church is Arthunkal Feast. It is celebrated for about 11 days. During this time, you could witness the church in live and best form. It happens from January 10th to 21st every year. The St. Sebastian Feast is celebrated in a grand manner where devotees from various countries come to visit the church. It is worth to visit the church even in usual days. It is the oldest church in Kerala that spreads good energies and peace to the visitors.

Time required: It is possible to explore the church within 1-2 hours.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: St. Andrew’s Forance Church is open from 6.00 AM to 6.30 PM.

15. Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake is a gorgeous place you should not miss to visit in Alleppey. It is the longest lake in Kerala and also one among the largest lakes in India. As it is an extensive lake, Vembanad Lake covers various districts of Kerala. It carries different names in every district such as Kochi Lake (Kochi) and Punnamada Lake (Kuttanad). If you wish to enjoy the Kerala backwaters, you should consider taking a boat ride on this lake.

The holiday packages and houseboat cruises are provided by the Kumarakom Tourist Village. The lake offers enchanting boating experience where you can float around the lake sipping hot tea or coffee early morning and listen to chirping sound of birds and gentle splashing of waves. All you can experience at Vembanad Lake is happiness and peace.

16. Ambalapuzha Temple

Ambalapuzha Temple is a rewarding place to visit in Alleppey. It is said to be one of the oldest temples in India and oldest Krishna temple in Kerala. It is constructed between 15th and 17 century AD. Ambalapuzha Temple holds a strong position among Krishna devotees. It houses a soothing and lovely ambiance that calms and relaxes your mind and soul. You would feel silent and calm as you sit for hours in the temple.

Ambalapuzha Temple is open for all people. It is a popular tourist spot for foreigners. The inner sanctum of the temple is beautifully decorated with Lord Sri Krishna paintings and the incarnations are decorated with paintings of Lord Vishnu. It holds a great significance in the traditions of Vaishnava. So, the temple is considered as the ‘South Dwaraka’. While you are at the temple, ensure to taste the delicious sweet milk porridge. The locals call it as Palpayasam which is very famous Prasad. The Annual Festival occurs during March or April. During this time, the temple remains completely packed with devotees.

Timings: Ambalapuzha Temple is open from 3.00 AM to 12.00 PM and again 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.

17. Mannarasala Temple

Mannarasala Temple is a unique place to visit in Alleppey. It is the temple dedicated to snakes. It is the main place of devotion for the supporters of Nagaraja or serpent God. It is the biggest temple in Kerala. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is said to be the most potential place of worship. Several snakes temples are situated deep inside the forests. Mannarasala Temple is no way different. It is located inside the forest glade however it does not discourage pilgrims. It is mostly visited by people who desire for baby. If their wishes become true, they would visit the temple with the baby and perform a grand ceremony to honor the power of Nagaraja.

Timings: Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is open from 5.00 AM to 12.00 PM and then 5.30 PM to 7.30 PM.

18. Kayamkulam Lake

It was a lake until the authorities broke the bar and raised as a fishing harbor. At present, Kayamkulam Lake is a lagoon. If you wish to indulge in tourist activities or races or fishing, you should definitely visit this place. It became a popular fishing ground since the aquatic life is viable commercially. Along with fish, several birds also reside in the environment around the waterbody.

There are several things you can do at this spot. It is recommended to use the recreation room or use cycling track or enjoy lunch on a floating restaurant or visit the adventure zone or explore the Tsunami Museum. Other lists of activities include houseboat jetty, yard lighting, landscaping, viewpoint, boardwalk and watercourse for boats. In short, all the facilities are available at the Kayamkulam Lake.

19. Mullakal Bhagvathy Temple

Mullakal Bhagvathy Temple is a multi-faith place which is said to be more than 500 years old. People of all creed and caste are allowed to visit this temple. It has a beautiful atmosphere that creates positive vibes. It has a traditional Kerala style architecture with abundance of jasmines and a beautiful pond around the main building. Durga is the main devotee of this temple, which is revered as Mullakal Devi.

However, there are several other shrines dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, Sree Krishna, Navagraha, Nagaraja, Subramanya Swami, Lord Ganesha, and Hanuman Swami along with the banyan tree that has Lord Shiva lingam. Several festivals are celebrated in this temple all throughout the year. The festivals and celebrations keep the temple compound buzzing with pilgrims.

Timings: Mullakal Bhagvathy Temple is open from 4.30 AM to 10.00 AM and then 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.

 20. Nehru Trophy Boat Race

It is organized in the reminiscence of Jawaharlal Nehru. It is a completely different race which you would have not witnessed anywhere before. The other name of Nehru Trophy Boat Race is Vallam Kali. It is a yearly boat race that is organized every August near Lake Vembanad. This boat race is the main cultural festival of the state Kerala.

 

If you are visiting Kerala, ensure to plan during this time so that you can witness and experience a marvelous boat race. It is a beautiful sight to see the boats rowing fast on the backwaters. It draws a huge crowd, which you should visit the venue early to occupy a good viewing spot. The boats are long in size and snake shaped. It is the reason it is referred to snake boat race. It is a common cultural symbol of Kerala.

21. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a gorgeous bird sanctuary surrounded by lush green lands. It is located on the reservoir of the popular Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom. It is a favourite place for bird watchers and birds. The entire place is filled with various kinds of birds chattering in their own form. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary has equal importance to the backwaters of Kerala. Several facilities have been inaugurated by the Tourism Development Commission of Kerala like a resort in the midst of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, informative insights about the birds and relish authentic Kerala foods within the resort.

Time required: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a worth visiting place in Alleppey, which you can spend around 2-3 hours exploring all around.

Entrance cost: INR 50 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners.

Timings: It is recommended to visit this sanctuary between 6.30 AM and 5.00 PM.

22. Houseboats

As we all knew, Allapuzha is popular for exceptionally scenic settings and serene backwaters. It is an amazing experience to cruise all through the backwaters. Alleppey is blessed with the exclusive crisscrossing setup of canals which flows throughout the town. It lets you explore and access the complete area while you rest comfortably on the houseboat. The luxury boat is about 120 foot long and it glides smoothly through the peaceful Alleppey backwaters.

The houseboat is usually maintained by 3 members which include an oarsman, a guide and a cook. The inhouse cook would prepare and serve delicious meals on the houseboat. The oarsman makes sure you enjoy a wonderful cruise all through the backwaters and the guide keeps you updated with significant landmarks as you pass.

23. Pallippuram

Pallipuram is one of the popular islands situated in Vembanad Lake. It is a tiny village famous for white sand. If you are searching for an offbeat place in Alleppey, Pallipuram is the right kind of place.

24. Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Raji Punnoose has founded the Bay Island Driftwood Museum.  She worked as a school tutor in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Bay Island Driftwood Museum is popular for creative modern art techniques organized to design different kinds of tree trunk and root sculptures.

Several other sculptures created with driftwood consists of roots, stumps, twisted tree trunks, etc. are displayed here. Raji had established this collection organized in the way of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, animals, and birds through her teaching days. Due to expansive and interesting techniques of curation, the museum has been mentioned in the world famous Limca Book of Records.

25. Chettikulangara Devi Temple

One of the popular Hindu temples in Kerala is Chettikulangara Devi Temple. Sree Bhadarakali is the main deity of the temple. The followers visit the temple all throughout the year. The Goddess Sree Bhadarakali is worshipped in three various forms- Durga or Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi, and Maha Saraswathi. The temple is said to be to about 1200 years old. There is not much theories or evidence to support this fact. The temple offers complete mental relaxation to the visitors.

The unique feature of this temple is the Goddess remains as Maha Saraswathi during the morning hours, Maha Lakshmi during noon hours and Maha Kali or Sreee Durga in the evening hours. The devotees perform various rituals like Pushparchana, Kumkum Abhisheka, Thriimadura Nivedya, Kadumpayasam,  Payasam, Sarpam Pattu, Thottam Pattu. The temple hosts several festivals all throughout the year.

Time required: It is recommended to spend at Chettikulangara Devi Temple for 2-3 hours.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: The temple is open from 5.00 AM to 8.00 PM.

26. Revi Karunakaran Museum

Betty Karunakaran has constructed Revi Karunakaran Museum in the remembrance of her husband (Revi Karunakaram) who is a leading businessman and industrialist of Kerala.  The museum was constructed in 2003. It is a private and largest museum with huge Swarovski crystals in porcelain, ivory, jade, Belgian glass works, sculptures, Tanjore paintings, and Murano glassworks, etc. The family seems to have a lot of interest in fine arts and they have been collecting items and exhibiting for the last three generations. In the beginning, the collections were used for personal use. After the demise of Revi Karunakaran, the items were openly displayed for public.

It is a large museum with three floors. There are several sections dedicated to portrayal of four religions like Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism symbolized with paintings, ivory exhibits, murals and various other displays. It also houses a special Kerala Room showing the evolution and growth of Kerala by using more than 3800 exhibits. Being a modern architectural wonder, Revi Karunakaran Museum is visited by tourists all throughout the year.

Time required: The entire museum can be explored within 1-2 hours.

Entrance cost: INR 150.

Timings: The museum is open from 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM and remains closed on Mondays.

27. Thottapally Beach

It is popular through a famous movie and novel Chemmeen. Thottapally Beach in Alleppey remains as a quiet escape in a picturesque village. Being a lively fishing harbor, it draws hundreds of locals every day.  Thottapally Beach is famous for soul-soothing experience and conserved picturesque beauty.

Time required: It is best to spend around 1-2 hours on this beach.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: It is open on all days.

28. Andhakaranazhi Beach

Renowned as a pristine beach, Andhakaranazhi Beach is basically a shoal or an azhy that is a naturally developed ridge developed underwater and upsurges to the surface. It is not much crowded and mainly used to control the outflow or inflow of water through two motors activated shutters fitted to the south and north of the beach. The tourists should remain careful while exploring as the water levels are unpredictable.

Time required: It is best to spend around 1-2 hours on this beach.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: It is open on all days.

29. Punnapra Beach

Punnapra Beach remains as a serene retreat popular for its pristine waters and a golden section of sand. The beach remains isolated and it does not have much visitors. If you wish to enjoy a romantic vacation free from hustling crowds of city, you can plan to visit Punnapra Beach. The beach is famous for Ayurvedic massages. It is an excellent spot to refresh one’s body and mind.

Time required: It is best to spend around 1-2 hours on this beach.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: It is open on all days.

30. Thumpoly Beach

Praised as a hidden gem of Kerala, Thumpoly Beach is popular for its cleanliness and beauty. Several canals create their way into the Arabian Sea from this spot. It is a must visit place in Alleppey. It is also recommended to visit the fishing villages located near the beach. It is situated 6 kilometers from Alappuzha.

Thumpoly is magnificently blessed with numerous canals, verdant green meadows and golden sandy beaches with the beautiful quaint lake on one side and grand Arabian Sea on the other side. It is a popular spot for fisherfolks. Moreover, Thumpoly Beach has several fishing villages. The natural flora and greenery serve as a home to hundreds of rare birds. The best part of this beach is it is gorgeously lined with dainty town and towering palm trees and also has a background of majestic hills. It is a picture perfect spot for nature lovers and definitely worth a visit to Alleppey.

Time required: It is best to spend around 1-2 hours on this beach.

Entrance cost: No entry fee.

Timings: It is open on all days.

 

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