Visiting the land of boats and Cochin
Alleppey also known as Allappuzha, is located in the Alappuzha District of Kerala. The town is famous for backwater tourist destination in India.
Alleppey, situated along the Arabian coast, is one of the oldest planned destination in India. This place is a historic place and it gained prominence as early as the Sangam age. The town is recognized for its coir industry, boat races, fishing, backwater cruises and boat races. The destination is also called as “Venice of the East” for its natural beauty owing to the water bodies like as backwaters, canals, lagoons and beaches that forms a network with the greenery of the land.
The major rivers like the Manimala, Achancovil and Pampa are some of the backwaters in the region. The backwaters of Alleppey, which links Kumarakom and Cochin towards north and Quilon to the South. Every year the world-famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted on the Punnamada Lake. Alleppey also has the longest non – breaking coastal line of about eighty-two kilometres that covers up to 13.9% of the total coastline of Kerala.
Alleppey houseboat cruise
Your vacation to Alleppey is incomplete without sailing down its picturesque backwaters in a traditional Kerala boathouse called Kettuvallam. These exotic house boats in Alleppey will take you through a labyrinthine network of crisscross waterways, lagoons canals, exotic palm – fringed islands and rivulets. For decades, the backwaters were used for public transport but today they provide the most surreal way to explore Alleppey, its thick tropical villages and islands, and quaint rustic lifestyle.
During the cruise, you can idly relax on the deck or the balcony of the house boat and glance life pass by – undoubtedly a true and peaceful experience. If you are pressed for time, you can choose to prefer for a day cruise instead of an overnight cruise – this is an experience that should never be missed!
Out of Various places in Kerala, Cochin also needs an extra mention. A Kerala tour, without a visit to Cochin is never complete. Situated on the coast of Arabian Sea, this place is a commercial capital of Kerala besides being the largest cosmopolitan city of Kerala. This town is also called as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” and has one of the World’s finest natural harbours.
Lush green places
In Cochin, you can see strikingly green mountains, tea plantations, coconut trees, serene calm backwaters and much more. The incredible sight of sunset along the Cherai Beach shores will for sure captivate the traveller’s imagination. Also, as you walk through these beaches you will also notice that fishermen catching fish with huge Chinese fishing nets and broad stretches of shores covered with fishing nets. All of this will provide you unique and unforgettable fishing experience.
A well-known place for temples
The age-old architectural edifices and temples at various parts of the city make this destination a perfect place to spend a lovely vacation. Some top places to visit in Cochin are St Francis Church, Bolgatty Palace, Hill Palace Museum and others.
Ask a travel organizer to add Cochin to their travel package.
- Is Cochin worth visiting?
Yes, Cochin is an excellent port city and the place showcases an amalgamation of the present and the past architecture and its worth visiting.
- What to shop in Cochin?
Tea, coffee, spices, banana chips, handicrafts, jewellery, aroma oil and other locally made stuffs can be shopped from the Cochin markets.
- Why is Alleppey famous?
Alleppey is one of the oldest planned cities in India and its popular for its various backwater canals, lagoons, paddy field and beaches.