Travel to Alappuzha, Resorts in Alleppey
Well chosen Alappuzha resorts will help to make the best of the backwaters. Alappuzha is a town synonymous with backwaters for which Kerala is famous. The town is commonly referred as Alleppey as in the colonial times. Most of the town's resorts are located in backwaters and around.
Alleppey has its waterways and canals on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. This is a typical market town - busy, bustling yet with its own charm.
The town is often referred as the 'Venice of the East', but there is not much similarity.
Alappuzha resorts are situated in the middle of miles of waterways, crystal lagoons with lush green fields of paddy and vast plantations of coconut around them.
Alappuzha was one of the busiest port in the Malabar coast. It was a trading centre for spices, coffee, tea, cashews, coir and other produce shipped from the backwaters.
Today Alleppey is known for its backwaters and houseboats than anything else. Alleppey is the main hub of houseboat operations.
There are hundreds of houseboat operates from Alleppey. Here you can find a houseboat of your choice and budget than anywhere else in Kerala.
Hundreds of backwater accommodation add beauty to the tourism scene of Alleppey. They include heritage homes to beautiful homestays in the backwater villages.
Travel to Alappuzha
Alppuzaha is 63 km south of Cochin and 147 km north of Trivandrum. The town is well connected to Cochin and Trivandrum by road and rail.
The nearest airport to Alappuzha is Cochin International Airport.
Local transport in Alleppey consists of bus network, auto-rickshaws, taxis and obviously boats. You may choose to travel in a local ferry from you Alappuzha resorts to other places to have a first hand experience of how the local people travel around daily.
For a taste of the backwaters, it is essential to hire a boat. The options include speedboats and rowboats, both ordinary and luxury.
Boats can be hired to explore the surrounding canals and waterways. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) and Alappuzha Tourism Development Co-operative (ATDC) conducts daily tours of backwaters.
Resorts in Alleppey
The choice of places to stay in the town centre is fairly uninspiring. But some great possibilities in all brackets are available in the outskirts if you are willing to travel and pay a little more.
Most of the Alappuzha resorts are backwater resorts. The backwaters also has number of delightful homestays.
Even though Alleppey is known for its backwaters, it also has some of the best beaches in Kerala. So you can find few of the best beach resorts in the beaches of Alleppey and Mararikulam.
Shopping in Alleppey
Shopping is always exciting in Alleppey. It is not what one buys here important but the joy of being part of people who love shopping.
The streets near the Mullackal shopping junctions are filled with the scent of limes, jasmine, sandalwood and spices. The vendors selling cloves, pepper and limes sit every half-a -metre on the busy road.
This is where people of the district come to when they need to shop for wedding. So there is always an air of urgency and jubilation.
In winter, Sabarimala devotees spill into the town and the streets are filled with vendors. Then, you can pick up everything from sharp knives, combs, toys, clothes and heavy metal vessels.
Alleppey has known a thriving pepper and spices trade. Alleppey has 'gold, silver, and diamond street', where you will find at least 30 shops. Bhima is the most famous jewellery shop selling carefully crafted gold.
There are also shops selling fine muslin, bronze items and copper ware. Kerala best known umbrella brands, Poppy and Johns are based here. There are many other who mend and sell umbrellas of equally good quality.
There is a lovely Khadi Gandhi Store on the main street, where you get cheap fabric of excellent quality. Seemati in one of the side streets, has a good selection of fine, gold-bordered saris. They are sold at rates much cheaper than in other towns in Kerala.
Alappuzha's best bargain is its coir. The district manufactures a massive amount of coir. The material is used to produce mats to rugs, wall hangings, bags, hammocks, cushions, blinds and more.
The Kerala State Cooperative Coir Marketing Federation (Coirfed) showroom at Chamber Road is the best place to get some great bargain on coir products.
Other good buys in Alappuzha are spices, especially cardamom and pepper, canned seafood and silks.
Mullakkal Street is Alappuzha's top shopping district and it has a number of shops where buyers can pick up souvenirs.