Even National Geographic couldn’t steer away from Alleppey’s splendour. The backwaters of Kerala, including Alleppey, are named as one of the Places of a Lifetime by National Geographic. The more we describe Alleppey, the more surreal it seems. So, there’s only one way to make you believe about the alluring beauty of Alleppey, you will have to see it for yourself. Read on to know more about Alleppey tourism before you head to this blissful destination.
Surrounded by 2,195 sq. km of Vembanad Lake, Alleppey is where 6 major rivers spread out. The land of canals is a part of National Waterway 3. With Laccadive sea on the west, Alleppey exclusively houses Kerala’s aquatic wonders with no hills and no forests. The name Alleppey itself means watercourse.
This small town covers an area of 1,414 sq. km. As Alleppey is located at a distance of 28 km from Changanacherry, 46 km from Kottayam, 53 from Kochi and 155 kilometres from Trivandrum, travelling to and from this place is easy. More water, less land which is covered with lush greenery, Alleppey aptly symbolises planet earth. An Alleppey tour will be an experience of a lifetime for you.
Though Alleppey has a warm hue of the tropical climate, it lacks the humidity that accompanies this climate. Alleppey experiences pleasant winters and intense monsoons. The summers are warm and pleasant as well. The humidity rises slightly during the summers and the temperature varies between 22 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius. As monsoon winds are a frequent visitor at Alleppey. Both southwest and northeast winds arrive here – Southwest winds in the month of May to July or August and Northeast winds in the months of October and November.
Hence, while the rest of the country is welcoming winters in October, Alleppey waits for its second round of monsoon showers. Therefore, winters get to spend little time with Alleppey, from December to February. March and April are the summer months when Alleppey urges you to sweat it out. Pick your season for Alleppey tourism depending on which shade of this paradise you would want to see.
Looking at the peaceful sight of undisturbed backwaters, Alleppey looks like it’s always in Susegad mode. However, the festive merriments tell a different story. The people of Alleppey like to celebrate all their festivals with great enthusiasm. Don’t expect only elephant processions offered to Hindu deities as Alleppey celebrates St. George’s Church festival with equal fervour. However, the most favourite festival in this Venice of the East is the Nehru Trophy Snake boat race. The entire town of Alleppey celebrates this festival vivaciously in August, regardless of their religion.
If you are tired of watching elephant processions everywhere in Kerala, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple Festival will surprise you with beautifully decorated horse and bullock processions. The famous Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple hosts 3 major festivals in Alleppey. Navarathri, Chirappu Mahotsavam and Thaipooyakavadi elevate Alleppey’s festive mood every year. If you are anticipating Dandiya nights for Navarathri celebrations, then you will be surprised with some Ottanthulla moves by the locals. Thaipooyakavadi festivals are known for the glorious festive convoys with 15 palanquin bearers. Alleppey tourism is your passport not just to the land of canals but to the land of festivities as well.
Alleppey also inclines to the artsy side of Kerala. From maintaining the roots of traditional dance forms to hosting Kerala’s own version of Marshall arts, this town has some art bugs hidden among the backwaters and canals. The locals involve everyone in their celebrations of art and culture – the travellers and nature. Farmers in Alleppey sing happy songs for the soil during sowing season and for the crops during harvest season.
It’s all about love in Alleppey. Fall in love with nature, your partner or yourself during your Alleppey tour. Wherever it is that you want to indulge your heart in, Alleppey tourism has several tour packages for your every reason to visit. The love birds can sign up for honeymoon packages whereas the solitude seekers can go backwater tripping. All those who are nature’s closest friends can go on nature trails. Alleppey certainly has something for every traveller. Don’t miss visiting Alleppey on your next Kerala trip.
Some Dos and Don’ts
Here are some dos and don’ts that you must follow so that you collect memories that take you back to memorable times and not to any unpleasant memories.
• Get an interpreter if you aren’t familiar with the local languages
• Keep yourself hydrated in the tropical climate
• Carry at least one identity proof
• Follow the proposed rules regarding the use of mobile phones and video cameras
• Carry all your essentials according to the season in which you will be visiting Alleppey
• Don’t indulge in food and drinks that seem suspicious or unhygienic
• Don’t purchase any unauthorized tickets or deals
• Do not do anything that will hurt the cultural sentiments of locals
When you travel with SOTC, our travel experts will let you know about everything from the local programmes and parties to the dos and don’ts of the place. This will take off all the burden of studying your getaway destination. Whether you are seeking solitude or looking forward to connecting with your partner in a serene place, Alleppey welcomes everyone with open arms. At SOTC, our travel experts will guide you to plan your Alleppey trip according to your preferences.