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About Alleppey


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Alleppey is rightfully called the Venice of the East. With its labyrinth of brackish lagoons and interconnected lakes, Alleppey or Alappuzha is no less than the famous European city - neither in beauty nor in history and culture. Alleppey is the heaven for the nature lovers with the soul-soothing greenery and the backwaters. Hire your boat and get started along the flow of the stream to soak in its beauty.

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The backwaters were earlier used as a mode of transportation, fishing and agriculture and have evolved over time as a tourism hotspot. The main attraction of the Alleppey backwaters is the overnight journey in the famous Kerala houseboats. These houseboats are as comfortable as any hotel room - sometimes even more luxurious, and as a bonus, you get the open deck, the soft, salty breeze and the lovely lush green all around. Sunset viewing, bird watching, village visits, stargazing, witnessing the everyday life of the farmers and fishermen along with visiting the various regions that specialise in the manufacture of

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What to explore in Alleppey Backwaters

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1. Traditional Kerala Village:
While on one of the backwaters trips, do not forget to pay attention to the everyday life of the villagers and their activities down in the lower backwaters, or the variety of avian species that you will most certainly come across.

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2. Widlife:
Kingfishers, storks, hornbills, swifts and many more domestic and migratory birds are easily spotted in the backwaters, making it a paradise for avian enthusiasts. Other than that, what you get to see or experience depends on the route you choose.

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3. Sunset:
Keep an eye out for the most magnificent sunsets during the evenings.

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4. Kayaking or Canoeing:
You can also go kayaking or canoeing on your own, but you have to be sure you can control the boat. Otherwise, there is a chance you will be quite motionless in the middle of the water.

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The boat fares vary from one company to another, and also on the size of the vessel you choose.

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DTPC Boat:
From the tourism department, backwaters tours are conducted by the government. The Alappuzha-Kollam 8 hours' trip departs at 10:30 AM every day and costs INR 300 per head. It covers Kumarakody, Alumkadavu, Kayamkulam Lake and other attractions. The other tour departs at 11:00 AM for Kuttanad and covers Kumarakom. It costs INR 150 per person.

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Houseboats in Alleppey Backwaters

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Cruising on houseboats in Alleppey is the latest and probably the best addition to the list of ways you can enjoy the mesmerizing natural beauty of this quaint little town. Alleppey is gifted with a unique crisscrossing network of canals that runs throughout the town which allows you to access and explore the entire area while you're relaxing on your houseboat. It is manned by at least 3 people- a cook, a guide and an oarsman. Delicious meals are provided on the houseboats by your in-house cook which are a local favourite. The guide keeps you posted of all the important landmarks you pass and the oarsman makes sure you have a wonderful time cruising along the calm backwaters.

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There are a number of routes that you can take while visiting the Alleppey backwaters to go around the water streams, and mainly Lake Punnamada. You stay the night aboard enjoying the beautiful starlit night before the cruise drops you to your destination. The boarding point for Houseboats is usually the Punnamada Lake, the venue of the infamous Nehru Boat Race. The costs of renting the houseboat differ with the type of houseboat you are looking for- budget-friendly, deluxe or luxury boats and the Houseboat package you opt for. Essentially, there are two types of packages available- 1 Night/2 Days package and 2 Nights/3 Days package.

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Houseboat Packages

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The boarding point for houseboats is usually the Punnamada Lake, the venue of the Nehru Boat Race. The costs of renting the houseboat differ with the type of houseboat you are looking for- budget-friendly, deluxe or luxury boats and the package you opt for. Essentially, there are two types of packages available- 1 Night/2 Days package and 2 Nights/3 Days package.

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The 1 Night/2 Days package will be a circle trip around Alleppey that will take you from Punnamada Lake to SNDP Canal, Kuppapuram, Vilakkumaram Thodu and finally the jetty where you will alight the boat. The 2 Nights/3 Days package will take you around Alleppey and the beautiful towns of Kumarakom and Kottayam too. You can also opt for customized special tours, arranged by most cruise operators, where you can cover areas of your choice and interest.

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The houseboats have one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom suites and their rates vary according to the type of boat you choose for your cruise- budget friendly, deluxe or luxury. Given below is an approximation of the range for the cost for each kind of suite.

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1 Night/2 Days
One Bedroom Suite 2 pax (Three meals included): INR 7000 - INR 12000
Two Bedroom Suite 4 pax (Three meals included): INR 9500 - INR 14000
Three Bedroom Suite 6 pax (Three meals included): INR 12000 - INR 18000

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2 Nights/3 Days
One Bedroom Suite 2 pax (Three meals included): INR 8000 - INR 13000
Two Bedroom Suite 4 pax (Three meals included): INR 10500 - INR 15000
Three Bedroom Suite 6 pax (Three meals included): INR 13000 - INR 19000

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Special Cruise (More than 1 Night)
One Bedroom Suite 2 pax (Three meals included): INR 14000 - INR 24000
Two Bedroom Suite 4 pax (Three meals included): INR 19000 - INR 28000

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Alleppey Houseboats Route

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There are a number of routes that you can take while visiting the Alleppey backwaters to go around the water streams, and mainly Lake Punnamada. You stay the night aboard enjoying the beautiful starlit night before the cruise drops you to your destination.

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Alleppey round trip

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This round trip of Alleppey or Alappuzha takes you around the legendary lake Punnamada, as you enjoy the soft waves and small hamlets lining both sides of the backwaters. They are covered with their staple green paddy fields and the trademark coconut trees. It takes you to the romantic ambience of Lake Vattakayal where you can spend the night aboard the cruise.

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Alleppey to Kottayam

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The houseboat cruise trip is probably the most exotic and picturesque one among all. It starts from Alleppey and takes you amidst the most serene areas of the backwaters. This is the perfect opportunity to stay disconnected from the rest of the world and enjoy the nature's bounty that backwaters region of Kerala has to offer. On this trip, you can also witness the toddy farmers at work in the areas that lie below sea level. Toddy is a slightly alcoholic popular drink in south India made from palm trees.

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Alleppey to Mankotta

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The Mankotta trip takes you to those villages of this region which specialise in coir making. It is one of the most important small industries of Kerala and witnessing the procedure first-hand is a fascinating experience.

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Alleppey to Thottapally

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Alleppey to Thottapally cruise takes you on a religious and cultural trip. Along with the scenic beauty of the backwaters, this one also takes you to the 400-year-old Champakhulam Church which is one of the 7 churches established by St Thomas in Kerala. It also includes the Ambalappuzha temple of Lord Sri Krishna.

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Alleppey to Kumarakom

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The Alappuzha to Kumarakom route is perfect for bird watching and witnessing the local villagers at their daily practice of fishing. Exotic migratory birds as well as local ones flock around the salty waters of Alleppey covered with water lilies and create a beautiful scene to behold.

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Alleppey to Kidangra

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The Kidangra route from Alleppey takes you on a trip through the famous Vembanad Lake and Pathiramanal Island. Both the journey and the places are extremely beautiful experiences for the tourists.

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Alleppey to Alumkadavu

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This trip offers two-night cruises as well. On this one, you can visit where the story of houseboats all started. Earlier in history, the houseboats, or Kettuvallams as they say, were manufactured by some of the clans who lived in Alukmadavu. This cruise will take you back there and the cruise officials present aboard might also tell you a couple of folklore about it.

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If you want to see the boat races, you will have to visit during the Onam, which takes place in the beginning of August. Otherwise, October to April is a good time. Avoid the summer and monsoon months, because with a scorching sun or showering clouds over your head, you will not be able to enjoy the houseboats trips much.

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Alleppey has many places where you can taste the local cuisine. Ditch the regular restaurants and explore the authentic cuisine of the backwaters - shrimps, lobsters, the variety of seafood, coconut rice, chicken chettinad and definitely banana chips and toddy - do not miss out on these.