Kerala Back Water
About Alleppey

Alleppey or Alappuzha is a pleasant little market town consisting of a number of islands surrounded by a network of lakes, lagoons and water bodies, thus making it one of the most bewitching backwater destinations in Kerala. Housing silvery beaches lined with swaying palm trees, this tiny heaven is packed with umpteen tourist attractions that make it hard to forget even after your dream vacation is over. Alleppey is also home to a varied species of plant and animal life.

Alleppey has always occupied an important place in the maritime history of Kerala owing to its proximity to the sea which makes it easily accessible to merchants and traders from across the world through the sea route. The place subsequently became the hub of coir making industry with the establishment of the first coir factory by a British captain.

Climate & Best time to Visit

Owing to its proximity to the sea, the climate of Alleppey is humid with not much difference in temperature during the summer (22 to 35 degrees) and winter (18 to 32 degrees) seasons. Although the place remains fairly cool and pleasant during the winters, it can be visited anytime between August and March.

Tourist Attractions in Alleppey

Just 3 km outside Alleppey, Karumadikkuttan is a tiny village and an important Buddhist pilgrimage centre. The place houses a large centuries old black granite statue of Lord Buddha.

Krishnapuram Palace

The 18th century palace of the Travancore kings is situated 47 km from Alleppey. Built in a unique Keralan style of architecture, the palace houses a collection of miniature paintings, bronze statues, antique furniture and beautiful sculptures. The most famous is the statue Gajendra Moksham, which is the largest of its kind in the state.

Ambalapuzha Temple

Ambalapuzha, situated 12 km south of Alleppey is known for its religious shrines including the famous temple dedicated to Lord Krishna which is known for the milk porridge 'prasadam' served here. An ancient image of Lord Buddha is situated near by, from the times when Buddhism was at its peak in the region.

St. Mary's Church

One of the oldest churches in India, the St. Mary's Church is believed to have been set up by St. Thomas. Situated in Champakulam, the church is known for its annual fest which falls on the 3rd Sunday of October every year.

Getting There

By Air : The nearest airport is located at Kochi (Cochin) which is well connected to other parts of the country through regular flights. From Kochi, you can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Alleppey. Another airport is located at Trivandrum.

By Rail : Alleppey is connected to rest of the cities by trains, which is also an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of the state.

By Road : A good network of roads link Alleppey with other cities in Kerala and neighbouring cities. Buses operate regularly between Alleppey and other major Indian cities.

Ferry Boats : This is probably the most interesting form of transport that you may not find in most of the other parts of the world. Alleppey is connected by ferry services to other cities in Kerala including Kottayam, Kollam, Kumarakom and Changanasseri.

Local Transport : Local transport in Alleppey mainly consists of Buses, Taxis and auto-rickshaws. Taxis can also be hired to take you to various attractions inside the city.

Distance from Major Cities
  • Kochi : 64 Km
  • Trivandrum : 150 Km
  • Kottayam : 23 Km
  • Kollam : 229 Km
  • Kozhikode : 206 Km
  • Delhi : 2145 Km