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The Alleppey Backwaters and How to Best Visit Them

Aug 14, 2019 No Comments by

The Kerala backwaters is not the correct but attractive name given to the peaceful and beautiful palm-lined network of lakes, rivers, and small and big canals that run inland from the coast of Kerala, from Kochi (Cochin) to Kollam Quilon. The main starting point, situated between Kochi and Kollam, is Alleppey. At the heart of the backwaters is vast and famous Vembanad Lake.

In old times, local people make use of backwaters by the transport, fishing, and agriculture etc. Annual snake boat races, held along theKerala backwaters, also provide a great source of entertainment for the village people and tourists alike.

The heavy green landscape, diverse and variety wildlife species, and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through wonder world. No wonder the backwaters is one of the must visit tourist places in Kerala. Don’t miss the opportunity!

Getting to Alleppey From Kochi Airport

Allappey can be reached safely in two hours with the help of prepaid taxi that are available at the airport booth by booking tickets. If it is not convenient for you, then options like uber and ola taxis are available easily.

From above options. Unlikely the cheapest choice is the travel by the KSRTC buses. But you don’t get the buses at the available time you want, as the time is unpredictable. If you arrive at the time when there’s not a bus, you’ll find more bus travel services departing from Aluva Rajiv Gandhi Bus Station, about 20 minutes away, and the newVytilla Mobility Hub located 45 minutes away in Ernakulum.

Alternatively, Indian trains stop in Alleppey station. The railway station which is closest to Kochi airport is Aluva, opposite the bus station. Another option isthe Ernakulam South, about an 1 hour away.

How to Experience the Backwaters

The visitors who intend to visit alleppey backwaters will surely hire a tradition style kerala houseboats (called kettuvallam). It is the major part of backwaters of Kerala. The scintillating experience in the Kerala backwaters and alleppey houseboats through the houseboats is the must enjoyable tourist scene. Tradition food served in the boats is another favorite part of tourists.

The stay at houseboat also includes the package of stay at resorts. Most of the resorts situated near the backwater also provide traditional houseboat. Most of the accommodations are grouped along the banks of Vembanad Lake near Kumarakom in the Kottayam district, and near Alleppey district.

The Breeze Backwater Homes situated on the backwaters between Kochi and Alleppey (about 40 minutes from Fort Kochi). This pleasant homestay offers eco-friendly cottages andhave reasonable price .The overnight backwater trips in standard non-motorized houseboats are also provided.

 If you want to travel out through the backwaters very cheaply, you can take one of the public boat services operated by the State Water Transport Department, such as the one between Alleppey and Kottayam. Travel time is two and a half hours, with numerous daily departures time. The backwater boat service passes through several small canals and villages.

You stay along the canals, watch the houseboats go by, and catch the public boat from a jetty. Some convenient options near Alleppey are Palmy Lake Resort and Lemon Dew Homestay.

Or, check out Ourland Island Backwater Resort or Warmth Lake Haven. In the same area, Riverine Resort is a bit cheaper.

For the stay on the village experience on the backwaters, try Riverdale Villa boutique homestay in north Kumarakom.

Options for Tourist Cruises

The cheapest option for travelling through the backwaters is on the Alleppey District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) tour between Alleppeyand Kollam. The journey takes eight hours and the boat departs daily at 10.30 a.m. from the DTPC boat jetty. Daily from the kollam, departure time is the same.The cost is 300 rupees per head. The interesting spot is the Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission of the Hugging Mother.

Nowadays people are opting for the big country boats for experiencing village stay and for observing their lifestyle also. Some of the best and wonderful options are:

Kerala Kayaking – The first company to offer guided kayaking tours through the backwaters. Cycling around villages is also possible. The departure is from Alleppey.

Alleppey Shikara Boats – Provides the experience of sunrise, sunset, and day tours in a motorized shikara country boats. (Departs from Alleppey).

Salmon Tours –We can experience kollam backwaters through the country boats,house boats etc.

Monroe Island Canoe Tours – Offers guided canoe trips to Monroe Island near Kollam. The canals ‘s view is also scintillating.Monroe Island Backwaters Homestay offers best and convenient stay options for the tourists.

Kakkathuruthu Island on Vembanad Lake

The island is tiny,small and narrow  lake became famous until it is spotted by the national geographic as beautiful sunset spot in 2016,

The island is a short row-boat ride from the Kodumpuram ferry point near Eramalloor Junction on the mainland. Eco-friendly Kayal Island Retreat is the main place to stay for visitors, with justfour  waterfront cottages.


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