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Alleppey is a beautiful small city located on the Laccadive sea in the Southern state of Kerala. The whole state is known for its beautiful scenic location and culturally diversified places and Alleppey or Alappuzha is one of them, famously known as the "Queen of the hill stations". Its beaches, paddy fields, lagoons, and backwater canals are renowned. Natural features in Alleppey play a significant role in the city's tourism industry and draw numerous visitors each year. Tourists love to holiday in Alleppey because of the city's famous houseboat tours. Due to the annual boat races, Alleppey tourism experiences a boom in attendance throughout August and September. We at The Hilton Holidays International have paid special attention to this town as it is very popular among travellers around the world, thus we have 4 very luxurious and comfortable properties in Alleppey. Whenever you will visit the town you will find a memorable stay with us.

Famous in Alleppey

Located around 53 kilometres from Cochin, the town is celebrated for its backwaters which connect Cochin and Kumarakom to the North. Besides backwaters and the sea, Alleppey is also famous for its ageless temples, serpentine canals draining into the ocean, colourful lagoons, rice paddies, and a 150-year old lighthouse.

Backwaters of Alleppey

The backwaters of Alleppey, also referred to as the "Venice of the East," are the main attraction in this region. Visit this charming town to experience nature's splendour and calm like no before.
Here's your chance to experience a vacation on a houseboat while cruising through Alleppey's backwaters amid the lush surroundings and gorgeous scenery. What else? A stay on a houseboat will also provide you the chance to sample some delectable foods while exploring enchanted landscapes at night. Apart from that, one can also enjoy relaxing ayurvedic massages and wake up to stunning dawn views. For those who love the outdoors, Alleppey's backwaters are a veritable gold mine.

Favourite Destinations in Alleppey

The town of Alleppey, which has many distinctions to its name, also includes a number of attractions that add to the experience of visiting this location.
Visit the Kuttanad backwaters, which are regarded as India's backwaters paradise, to start your journey. Enjoy your time here and then go to St. Mary's Forane Church to pray for blessings. The majesty of Krishnapuram's architecture makes a visit to its museum and palace a must-do as well. While an excursion to Alleppey Beach is necessary for having fun while travelling. In addition, you can go to places like
* Vembanad Lake
Pandavan Rock
Marari Beach

Things to do in Alleppey

1. Kuttanad: Village life at its best
Kuttanad is known for its extensive paddy fields, rivers, coconut groves, fishing, duck- and spice-farming. India's Rice Bowl is a well-known nickname for it. It is also India's lowest point, so you'll be surprised to learn what farming is like 4 to 10 feet below sea level! The rustic, rural life in and around Kuttanad, which has been named one of the world's most important agricultural heritage systems, will introduce you to a distinct side of contemporary, developing India.

2. Beaches: Gaze in to setting sun
This is about taking a trip down memory lane. The beachfront at Alleppey making it a significant location in India's marine history. It includes a charming lighthouse that is left standing alone and provides the cutest views for you to photograph. The beach also features marine products, coir products, and a 137-year-old pier that juts out into the water.

3. Temples: A different angle of Spirituality
Seeing the birthplace of Ayurveda and God's own nation is impossible without also spending some time in Alleppey's magnificent churches and temples. The small town is evidence of the success of both Hinduism and Christianity. There are many temples and churches in the area that have preserved the history and cultural norms of the area. Among the well-known houses of worship in Alleppey are St. Mary's Church, Nagaraja Temple, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, St. Andrew's Florence Forance Church, Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple, and Latin Catholic Church.

4. Snake Boat Race: Feel the Adrenaline rush
Alleppey is packed to the gills in August with spectators for the Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race. Without a sure, the race is stunningly lovely. But just a small portion of the crowd gets to experience the true pleasure because of the rush and congested stands. Visit Alleppey in June, when the rowers are practising and you may engage with them. You can relax, take pictures, and learn about the background of this important Indian sport.

5. Pozhiyoram Beach: Swim & Watch A Beautiful Sunset
It is wonderful to swim around and document sunsets with a camera, your eyes, or with words. From the main town, a rickshaw may take you to this beach. You are in for a treat if you arrive in time as the crimson sun sinks into the ocean and the Chinese fishnets frame some of the most incredible shadows you will ever see.

Places to stay at Alleppey

Lake Palace
Overlooking Vembanad Lake and surrounded by paddy fields, this stylish resort hotel is 4.8 km from Alappuzha Beach, home to a lighthouse, and 2.6 km from Mullakkal Temple. The classy cottages provide minibars, Wi-Fi and TVs; some are built on a private lake. Upgraded cottages include lake views, dining tables and minifridges; some have separate living areas, additional TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. Room service is available.

Lemon Tree Vambanad
A 10-minute walk from Pathiramanal bird sanctuary, this relaxed resort set on Vembanad Lake is 10 km from Marari Beach and 20 km from Alappuzha Railway Station featuring lake views, the stylish rooms have Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minibars, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms are lakefront, while suites come with separate living areas; some offer balconies. A 2-bedroom houseboat adds a private hot tub.