Alappuzha

Introduction & Travel Information

Alappuzha

Introduction

Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha Beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends out to the sea here, is over 137 years old.

Alappuzha Beach
Alappuzha beach is one of the major tourist spot in Alappuzha town. Alappuzha lighthouse situated near to the beach is another attraction. Beach is accessible through various town roads.

Boating on the Backwaters
Another delightful experience while in Alappuzha is the houseboat cruise. The houseboats you find in the backwaters of Alappuzha are in fact a reworked version of the Kettuvallams of olden times. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam word, ‘Kettu’, refers to dwelling structures and ‘Vallom’ means boat. In the olden days, kettuvallam or boat with thatched roof that covers over wooden hulls was used to carry tons of rice and spices.

Ayurvedic Massage
Treat yourself to a traditional Ayurvedic massage at many of the Ayurvedic Massage Centers around and in Spas at Hotels/Resorts.

Kalarippayat, Kathakali shows
Kerala unique matial art in practiced in traditional local gyms nearby. Kathakali shows operated by private operators. Contact your hotel for timing and rates.

Spice Shops
Fresh and orginal spices, masalas and condiments available at many of the shops.

Paddy Fields
Popular as the rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad lies at the heart of the backwaters and houses immeasurable paddy crops. This mesmerizing countryside is known for its good yield of yam, cassava and banana. Probably, this is the only region in world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea level. Famed for its geographical oddness and huge striking paddy fields, Kuttanad hold an extremely important place in the ancient history of the southern region of the country. Manimala, Meenachil, Pampa and Achankovil are the 4 major rivers that flow the region.

Travel Informations

Location
Alappuzha situated just 55 km from Cochin on NH 47.

How to reach
Airport: Cochin International airport 85 km
Railway Station: Alappuzha
Bust Station: Alappuzha

Mode of Transport in Alappuzha
Local Taxis, and 3 wheeler autos available.

Bank Timings
Most banks open from 10.00 to 15.30 hours on weekdays. Closed on sundays and 2nd & 4th saturdays. 24 hours ATM's available around the town.

Foreign Exchange
Hotels and Foreign Exchange outlets exchange foreign currencies and travellers cheques.

Postal & Telephone
Government post offices open 09.00 to 15.00 hrs. Private courier services are also available.
Public telephone with international and national dialling available at hotels and STD/NSD booths.

Shopping
The main shopping items are Spices, Artefacts and special Souvenirs made by local craftsmen.