Alleppey is known for its tranquil backwaters and its remarkable picturesque sights. It is also called the ‘Venice of the East’. The houseboat rides are perhaps the best thing on the list of Alleppey tourist attractions. The hypnotic natural beauty of this quaint little town is gifted with an exclusive crisscrossing network of canals that runs all over the city. With the canal network, you can explore the whole city just by sitting in the houseboat.
The famous tourist destinations in Alleppey are:
The Alappuzha Beach
The popular Alleppey tourist attraction after backwater is the Alappuzha beach. It is also known as Alleppey Beach. Famous for its local getaways, the inherent beauty and a 150-year-old pier that stretches into the sea. The peaceful ambiance under the palm groves and to have a picnic beside the beach are great options available to those visiting the beach. There are many festivals that are hosted by the Alleppey beach, like the Sand Art Festival and Alappuzha Beach Festival where people gather in a large number.
Alappuzha Lighthouse is situated near the Sea Bridge and is around 4 km away from Alleppey city in Kerala. This 150-year old lighthouse was built in the year 1862. It is one of the oldest lighthouses on the southern coast of India. This is one of the famous Alleppey tourist attractions. The construction of the lighthouse was started during the rule of Maharaja Marthanda Varma II and completed during the reign of Rama Varma Maharaja of Travancore. You can get a 360-degree view of the lush green Alleppey from the top of the lighthouse.
Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple
The Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple is a famous Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is constructed in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. A large number of devotees and tourists flock here to seek blessing s from Lord Krishna. The musical instrument is on display at the entrance of the Shree Krishna temple which is called the ‘Mizhavu’. There is also a little pond consisting of fish where you can spend a few minutes feeding the fish. The rich heritage and enthralling beauty of the temple will leave you mesmerized.
The Krishnapuram Palace is a museum that is located about 47 km away from Alappuzha in Kayamkulam. This splendid palace is popular for its beautiful portraits and its architectural beauty. The palace is constructed in the traditional style of Kerala architecture. It has a big roof, dormer windows and, not so wide corridors. The palace is near to the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
The Nehru Trophy boat race is one the most electrifying events to be held in the Punnamada Lake of Alleppey. The competitive boating event is a yearly affair, which is held in August, during the Onam festival. This boat race is famously known as the Snake boat race. So, do not forget to attend this interestting boat race during your Kerala tour.
It is the longest lake in India and the largest one in Kerala. This lake is fed by 10 rivers out of which six are the major rivers of Kerala namely Achenkovil, Manimala, Meenachil, Muvattupuzha, and Pamba. The snake boat race is also organized in a part of this lake. This lake is famous for its serenity. One can explore this lake by houseboat while cruising across the palm-fringed shores and enjoy the majestic beauty of the backwaters of Alleppey.
These are among the famous tourist attractions of Alleppey. You can sail into the backwaters and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the sunrise and sunset from the cruise. One can get a deep insight into the lifestyle of locals through this. Alleppey is a perfect place to unwind yourself on a vacation.