Situated on the south-western coast of India, Alappuzha is also known by its anglicized name Alleppey. Gifted with immense natural beauty, Alappuzha’s backwaters have been the mainstay of Kerala’s tourism. Alappuzha port used to be one of the busiest trade centers and traded with the Persian Gulf regions and even Europe. Close to Alappuzha lies Kuttanad, the ‘Granary of Kerala’, where farming is done below sea level.
In early 20th Century, the then British Viceroy Lord Curzon, while visiting Alappuzha, was fascinated by its scenic beauty and declared it as the Venice of the East. Alappuzha, whose foundations were laid by Travancore’s Dewan Raja Kesava Das in the second half of 18th century, had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome. Even travelers like Pliny and Ptolemy have mentioned about places in Alappuzha in their works. It was because of the efforts and foresight of Raja Kesava Das, who constructed roads and canals to improve transportation, that Alappuzha became a premier port town.
Thomas, the Apostle is believed to have brought Christianity to Alappuzha when he traveled to india in 52 AD and the religion found a strong foothold in Alappuzha and surrounding areas.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN ALAPPUZHA
Alappuzha offers an array of lodging and boarding options to choose from. Being the capital of backwater tourism, no trip can be complete without a stay in the houseboats. Houseboats have AC as well as Non-AC single, double or triple bedrooms. The tariff for a stay on a houseboat for one day could vary between Rs 7,000-Rs 15,000 from Mar ch to October and between Rs 8,000-17,000 from November February. Generally, the price is inclusive of breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, tea and dinner.
Budget hotels are also available. Homestays are also a good option to stay. Premium hotels and resorts are also available in Alappuzha.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN ALAPPUZHA
Alappuzha is a non-vegetarian’s paradise. Prawns, crabs, oysters, clams, lobsters and several varieties of sea fish besides Karimeen (Pearlspot) are available. From fancy restaurants to shacks selling fresh catch of the day, Alappuzha thrives with eating places to suit every budget.
Roadside eateries selling Porotta and Chicken curries are a common sight. Restaurants and houseboats also offer vegetarian meals served on banana leaves.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Alappuzha is as given below. The best time to visit Alappuzha is also specified.