Regarded as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey’s serene backwaters are Kerala’s pride and also one of the main reasons why tourists often frequent this place. Those who’ve been here will forever hold the vivid images of the boat races that locals and visitors equally look forward to witnessing.
For those planning a trip to this exotic destination, here are five places you must add to your itinerary
- Alleppey Beach
At the beach, it is very likely that you’ll spot a pier that extends into the sea. This stands as a reminder of its glorious past when the place served as a famous port city for maritime trade. The beach also includes a lighthouse as a part of its landscape. Visually attractive, you would definitely want to stick around for hours and soak in the warm tropical climate. You could also visit the garden at the beach, which is surrounded by thick palm trees.
- Krishnapuram Palace
If the natural beauty of Alleppey has left you amazed, visiting the place’s architectural marvels is worth your time. The 18th century Krishnapuram Palace is known for its exceptional mural paintings that reflect the region’s inclination towards art and culture. One of the exceptional art pieces is a 14 X 11 feet mural which takes center stage in the palace. Kerala tour packages give tourists a chance to admire the palace’s elegance as it now serves as a museum possessing rare antique items.
Famously termed as the ’rice bowl of Kerala’, Kuttanad’s lush paddy fields are a beautiful sight for your eyes. Occupying a vast expanse of 75 kilometers, the greenery is complemented by the stunning backwaters which are best explored on an Alleppey houseboat. Floating over the calm waters of the lagoon, you’ll forget about the urban chaos.
- Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple and Ambalappuzha Temple
Alleppey’s pilgrim centers add an elusive charm to the place. The Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is very famous and is believed to have around 30,000 images of serpent gods within its premises. Visitors availing of Alleppey packages may also get an opportunity to witness the unique ceremonies that are often held under the supervision of a priestess in the temple. Called the ‘Dwarka of the South’, the Ambalappuzha Temple is another well-known Shri Krishna temple famous for its murals. The Ambalappuzha ‘Palpayasam’ (milk porridge) is offered to the devotees who visit the temple.
- Punnamada Lake
This lake is best visited in the month of August when the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted. Synonymous with the event are the massive snake-boats that line up during the race. Many tourists as well as locals come to witness this spectacular event.
Experience the beauty of this place with special Alleppey tour packages. This will ensure you not only return home with a rejuvenated mind but also picture-perfect memories to cherish forever.