Alleppey or Alappuzha is home to the famous backwaters of Kerala.With a very vast network of waterways and innumerable houseboats it keeps up to the very apt tag given to the town as the 'Venice of the East'.
Heading in the western direction of this town would take you to its serene beaches and in the opposite direction is the backwaters, which spreads across kilometres. One would simply get lost in this watery world of villages which is filled with numerous surprises eagerly waiting to be found by the tourists.
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Not only is Alleppey famous for its backwaters, it also offers you some lip-smacking sea food, and fresh toddy and a sight filled with hues of green and golden colours of the paddy fields and the beautiful houseboats.
Start Point: Bengaluru
Best Time To Visit: November to Mid March
By Air: The Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport which is at a distance of 75 km from Alleppey. The airport is well-connected to all the major cities in the country and as well as to many abroad.
By Train: The major rail head is the Alappuzha station, which is well connected to different parts of the country. There are regular trains to avail from Bangalore and as well from other major towns and cities.
By Road: Alleppey is also well-connected by roads. The total driving distance from Bengaluru to Alleppey is approximately around 584 km. There are plenty of buses which operate regularly from Bengaluru to Alleppey and as well as other major cities.
Route 1: Bengaluru - Bidadi - Ramnagar- Mandya - Mysore - Wayanad --Guruvayur - Eranakulam - Cherthala - Alleppey via NH 66
Route 2: Bengaluru - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Erode - Coimbatore - Palakkad - Thrissur - Kochi - Cherthala - Alleppey via NH 44 and NH 544
For those who wish to opt for Route 1, it would take you around 14 hours to Alleppey via NH 66. The road takes you through the beautiful Bandipur and Mudumalai national parks and also through the beautiful district of Wayanad and through Guruvayur.
The roads in this stretch are absolute bliss, which takes you through the green stretches of the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. To add on, there are no toll gates on this stretch, and the roads are also well-maintained.
For those who opt for Route 2, it would take you around 11.5 hours to reach Alleppey via NH 44 and NH 544 and if you decide to drive through Route 3, it would take you around 12 hours to reach Alleppey via NH 209 and NH 544.
The journey can be planned as a long weekend drive. So one can opt to leave on a Friday morning and after spending a day and a half, one can start the return journey to Bengaluru on a Sunday morning or afternoon and reach by night.
If you are going by Route 1, Ramnagara would be an ideal place to stopover for a filling breakfast, either at the famous Kamat Lokaruchi or the Adyar Anand Bhavan. After which one could proceed further to Wayanad and from there to Alleppey.
As you drive through Wayanad, you can stop over for lunch in case you witness early hunger pangs due to the early breakfast. Wayanad offers you plenty of options to eat, after which you can proceed further downhill and head towards Guruvayur and the historical town of Kodungallur.
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One can choose to make a tea break at Kodungallur town and also opt to pay a visit to the famous Bhagavathi Temple here and head towards the destination of Alleppey, which is about 91 km from here.It would take you around an hour or two to reach.
Once you reach Alleppey, there are a lot of places to see apart from the backwaters. Alleppey is also home to many churches and temples in and around the town.
The lighthouse is a major tourist draw along with the beaches, the mermaid statue is also a major attraction. The Punnamada lake which is another major attraction, it plays host to the famous snake boat race.
If you are travelling during the festival season of Onam, the snake boat race is a must watch.