Alleppey-The Venice of The East-Famous for Houseboats

 Alleppey is iconic for its houseboats cruises in the backwaters and attracts thousands of tourist each year.

Alappuzha, formerly known as Alleppey, is a city in the South Indian state of Kerala. Visited by thousands of domestic and foreign tourists every year, the place is easily one of the most beautiful places in Kerala. If you are a nature lover and enthusiast, this is a must-have destination on your bucket list.


Alappuzha is home to, and famous for its backwaters, forming a huge network of canals. The main attraction of Alleppey is the houseboats, which sail gracefully through the backwaters. The houseboats come in all price ranges, from budget to deluxe ones. The houseboats are perfect candidates to spend your vacations, to just lay back and chill.  There are many resorts featuring houseboat or houseboat rides and ayurvedic spas in the area. Alappuzha is perfect for ones looking for a change of pace from the busy world.  

Boathouse Alleppey

Alleppey beach in the evenings is a sight to savour; quiet, serene and beautiful. There are dolphin sightings in the area from time to time. Alappuzha is also rich in its history. Krishnapuram Palace, now a museum, is an 18th-century construction that will have a lot of stories to tell. The magnificent palace is a plethora of Kerala culture and traditions including art and architecture. The palace is situated in Kayamkulam, 690533.

What is kuttanad famous for ?

Kuttanad is also called Holland of Kerala or The Rice Bowl of Kerala.

Kuttanadu is historically important in the ancient history of South India and is the major rice producer in the Kerala state. Farmers of Kuttanad are famous for Biosaline Farming.


There are many famous lakes in (Alappuzha) Alleppey, such as the Vembanad and Punnamada lakes. The lakes describe in a nutshell what Alappuzha is; a quiet and calm retreat for all the seekers. Cruises in the lakes are sought out by most tourists and is one of the most enjoyable activities to do while in Alappuzha.

Besides places to visit, Alappuzha is famous for its cuisine. Alappuzha food features exotic and relishing flavours. The taste of Alappuzha lies in small hotels serving their native foods. The toddy is a famous beverage of Alappuzha. Kuttanad is commonly known as the “rice bowl” of India. The fields stretching to as far as the eye can see at harvest time looks like the land is covered in gold, and is so calming to watch.

Boat Race in Alleppey

What is the boat race of Kerala called?

Vallam Kali is a traditional boat race in Kerala. The boat races are one of the most famous sporting events in the area. The Nehru Trophy boat race is iconic and a prestigious event to natives and Keralites alike. The event is adrenaline-packed and so competitive. Boats that are almost 100 ft long compete against each other while the participants, literally hundreds of them, with rigorous training, rowing like a well-oiled machine, and in perfect synchronicity. The event is held on the second Saturday of August every year.

Boat Race

Coconut is also another unexpendable factor of the Alappuzha life. You get the validation why Kerala is named as the land of Coconuts, once you visit Alappuzha. There is an entire industry developed with the coconut tree at its centre. There are many antiques and crafts featuring coir which can be excellent souvenirs from your visits there.

Alappuzha is one of the largest tourist attractions of Kerala tourism. The place is a manifestation of nature blending with human life and vice versa. A visit to the area will be an enriching experience for both the mind and body.

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Are you tired of searching on foot in “your country of God”? What would it be like to have fun boating here in the backwaters? You can rent a houseboat in Alappuzha also known as ‘Venice of the East’. This ferry journey is done through the canals of Kuttanad which is famous here as Rice Bowl of Kerala and is surrounded by palm orchards and paddy fields.

From here, go towards Kumarakam which is the main tourist destination of Kerala. Upon reaching Kumarakam, you will feel that you are in a truly magical world. It is a small backwater village and surrounded by islands, it has its own special life which is slow, quiet and picturesque. The beauty, sound and fragrance of this place will fascinate you. After a short stay and rest in Kumarakam, you can go to Vaikkam.

On your way to Vaikkam, on the way you will see Vembanad Lake where you can feel the rural backwater life. See the beautiful views of Kerala’s largest backwaters. Filled with passion, enthusiasm and pure natural beauty, seeing the green coast on both sides, your eyes will never get tired. The golden rays of the sun falling on the water will mesmerize you, and on both sides, palm trees standing gracefully on the banks as if you want to say something to your ears from the blowing wind. You will feel that you will not be able to forget such beautiful views throughout your life.

After this in the boating you will find a small island, Patiramanal, which will feel floating in the middle of the backwaters. Stay here for a while, your guide will tell you many interesting stories of this area. Moving on in this memorable journey, the next stop will be the village of Tanneermukkom, which is known for its salt water, which is here called Tanneermukkom Bund. It is the largest wet soil regulator in India. You will always remember to visit this place and enjoy the delicious snack of Kerala.

The next place in the backwaters is Vaikkam where you will get many beautiful views and experiences. Here you will get a glimpse of the ancient tradition of Kerala. The main attraction of this city is the famous Shiva temple here. The refreshing greenery here is another attraction here.

After enjoying the delicious Kerala food, you can visit Kumbalangi from Vaikkam. In the middle you will find a small village called Taikattusheri which is fed between the coconut gardens and paddy fields and the life of the backwaters. The thing that will attract you as soon as you reach Kumbalangi is the magnificent Chinese fishing nets on the edges of the backwaters. Pokkali is cultivated here, which is a traditional and indigenous cultivation in which prawn is filtered after paddy yield which is a specialty of Kumbalangi.

After enjoying the cool breeze of the backwaters of Kumbalangi, you will now head to Fort Kochi which is famous for its Chinese fishing nets and many historical sites. If you are fond of exploring, then it would be better to go on foot to this place. By the way, the views here from the houseboat are very exciting. After taking leave from Fort Kochi, let us now go to our final destination i.e. Bolaghatti Island.

On the way to Bolghatti Island, you will get a panoramic view of the city of Ernakulam, its horizon and the shipyard on the eastern side. You will feel refreshed in the open air of Bolghatti. Lose yourself in the blowing cool breeze and the lukewarm sunlight. Memories of this boating will settle in your heart and you will not forget these golden memories for many years.

Guide to Hiring a Houseboat in Alleppey,Kerala

Where to rent a houseboat

Most houseboats are leased from Alleppey, the entrance to the backwaters between Kochi and Kollam.

Most houseboat operators, and about 500 houseboats, are based there. From Alleppey, you will be taken on an adventure through various backwaters to places like Kumarakom, Kottayam and Alinkadavu (near Kollam). There is a wide range of destinations to choose from to suit all travel plans. Houseboats will usually travel a distance of about 40–50 kilometers (25–30 mi) slowly through the backwaters, so you will have to see many different views.

Many resorts and luxury hotels also have their own houseboats. They offer sunset cruises and overnight trips. Other hotels will be able to easily arrange a houseboat for you. In this way, you can stay in a hotel with a houseboat ride along the backwaters.

How long is the houseboat hired?

You can rent a houseboat as a day, or for up to a week!

It’s really up to you. The day trip runs from noon to 6 pm Most people go for dinner fare, which does not include a quiet sleep anywhere, at the lake or other equally peaceful place. The houseboat then returns from 9 AM to 10 AM the next day. Two night houseboat rentals are also popular.

However, it can be boring for longer than this. 48 hours on a houseboat is certainly long enough to take all the sights and re-charge your battery.

What is the best route to take

Most people leave Alleppey and take a round trip though the core backwater area. However, it is also possible to travel one way from Alleppey to Kottayam (useful if you are proceeding on Periyar in Munnar or Thekkakki), and from Alleppey to Kochi. Some popular destinations include:

Alleppey-Kuttanad – Famous for its paddy fields, it has an extensive network of narrow backwaters and is an excellent destination to experience village life. Interestingly, this area is cultivated under sea leave.
Alleppey-Kumarakom – Many luxury resorts are located on the banks of Vembanad Lake in this area. It is also famous for Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The canals are very wide, and you will cross a large expanse of lake.
Alleppey-Alumkavadu, located near Kollam, is a particularly long cruise and is either a day trip or overnight return. Houseboats are traditionally made there.

How much does it cost to rent a houseboat

The cost of houseboat hire depends on the quality of the boat and the time of yearly prices from late December to early January).

The minimum rate for overnight rent is 5,000 rupees ($ 90) without air conditioning. Most people pay upwards of about 10,000 rupees ($ 150) to rent a deluxe air conditioned houseboat for two. Rates for a luxury houseboat easily go up to 18,000 rupees ($ 250) or more. Large family-sized houseboats with large bedrooms and living rooms are also available for rent. Prices for one of these start at around 20,000 rupees ($ 285) for an overnight trip.

The cost should consist of freshly cooked food, on-board cooks and beverages. Check to make sure that you will have a houseboat if you have concerns, as many houseboats have more than one bedroom. Another thing to keep in mind is that some houseboats have an upper deck lounge area, where you can relax and enjoy the view.

This is desirable because it gives you privacy from employees.

When is the best time to rent a houseboat in Alleppey

The peak season is from December to the end of January, when the weather is cold and dry, but it is possible to rent a houseboat throughout the year. Some feel the monsoon season has special appeal and choose to combine their houseboat fare with Ayurvedic treatments. Attractive monsoon discounts are also offered. March to May gets very hot and humid, so if you rent a houseboat during this time, an air conditioned person is definitely recommended.

Contact for a tour and backwater cruise operated in Alappuzha

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) – Phone +91 477 2253308, 2251796 Email –

How to reach Alleppey

Nearest Railway Station – Alappuzha Nearest Airport – Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha City.

Best time for Visit Alleppey ,Kerala Backwaters

Though you can travel to Kerala and see your backwaters at any time of the year, it is good to book your Kerala honeymoon packages by the end of mid-January in December, when the weather is cool and dry and for sightseeing correct. The weather from March to May is hot, but if you like to travel even in this season, you can always visit the backwaters of Kerala.

Kerala Tourism Guide is definitely situated to provide you all the information to make your holiday memorable and unique. So make sure you plan your trip well and come home with good memories that you will remember for a lifetime.

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