Alleppey in Kerala
The Venice of the East and India’s favorite waterfront destination, Alleppey or Alappuzha is probably one of the most famous tourist destinations in Kerala. The city’s extensive network of backwaters is probably what you picture when you think of Kerala. In fact, it was why it was called the Venice of the East back during the British Raj era. Today, Alleppey is a bustling city but its backwaters remain just as calming as they used to be. Connected to hundreds of homes, the still waters of the canal are surrounded by tall palm trees that are so common in the state. All you need to do is get a houseboat of your choice and sit and relax inside. But how do you get to Alleppey in the first place? Also Read - Bekal: A Town Replete With Forts, Beaches And Backwaters
Well, if you are planning to fly down to Kerala, you have two airports to choose from. Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery, still reflecting the older name of Kochi but one of the busiest in the entire country. In fact, it caters to a majority of air traffic in Kerala. We’ve already covered the road route to take from Kochi to Alappuzha, so let’s look at the other option: Trivandrum International Airport. From here, Alleppey is a little less than 150 km away. And you can reach the backwater paradise by road or rail. Also Read - Here Are The Coolest Places in Kerala to Visit During The Summer
Marari Beach is a popular tourists destination in Alleppey
How to Travel from Thiruvananthapuram to Alleppey by Road
By road, Alleppey is around four hours away from Thiruvananthapuram. All you have to do is take the National Highway 66 from the city and follow it until you reach Alappuzha. The route takes you through Kallambalam, Kollam, Arackal, Haripad and Ambalapuzha, among other places. It is actually a pretty scenic route, and we recommend heading out in the morning for the best views. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and eateries to stop by at along the way. Buses also ply regularly between the two cities, both private and public. Also Read - Here Are 5 Reasons Why Kerala is Indeed God's Own Country!
How to Travel from Thiruvananthapuram to Alleppey by Rail
Train services also connect Trivandrum to Alleppey, and it generally takes much shorter. The train journey is a little more than two hours, depending on what train you catch, and you’ll find AC coaches too with food and drinks served along the way. The trains depart from Trivandrum Central station and halt at Alappuzha. Some of the trains that travel through this route are Trivandrum Hazrat Nizamuddin Express (Train number 22655), Ernad Express (16606), Mumbai Express (16332), Tirunelveli – Bilaspur Express (22620), Jan Shatabdi (12076), Ahilyanagari Express (22646), and Rapti Sagar Express (12512).
Despite the fact that it attracts millions of tourists every year, Alleppey is just as beautiful as it was. The city’s backwaters retain the same historic charm that it had during the days of Lord Curzon and before that.