Alleppey is probably the favorite destination of every traveler who set foot in the guide God's own country Kerala. It is gifted with the most unique backwaters in the world. A typical Kerala experience is never complete without a houseboat ride through the Alleppey backwaters. The whole area of Alleppey is situated at sea level and most of the people rely on rice cultivation. The paddy fields are likely 1 to 2m below the sea level. Alleppey has a lot coir making units and is also one of the major exporters of coir mats to all parts of the world. Another major attraction at Alleppey is the Nehru Trophy snake boat race which is held annually on August month. Every year Thousands fly to Alleppey from various parts of the world to witness this energetic and equally mesmerizing event.
Admired by the sheer beauty of the land, the then viceroy of India Lord Curzon praised Alleppey as the "Venice of the East". Alleppey is said to have had trade relations with European countries like Greece and Rome. The mighty Chera kingdom once called Alleppey their home. During colonization the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British ruled this area. It was in August 1 1957, the separate town of Alleppey was legally declared.
The people of Alleppey are down to earth, cheerful and welcoming. They rely on cultivation and therefore they are all very much close to nature. The majority of the people are Hindus. Others include Christians, Muslims and also Konkanis who settled here long ago from the Western coast of India.
The major means of livelihood for the people living in Alleppey are rice cultivation, fishing and coir making.
The Nehru Trophy snake boat race is probably the most famous event in Alleppey when people from various parts of the world gather on both sides of the Punnamada Lake to witness this grand spectacle. The Chettikulangara Bhagavathi Festival at the Chettikulangara Temple is celebrated every year by the month of February. It is attended by thousands of the people. The Mullackal Chirappu, the Navarathri Festival and the Thaipooya Kavadiyattam Festival at the Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple are another main event at Alleppey. Other than the above festivals, Onam, Vishu and Christmas are celebrated in Alleppey.
The months March, April and Septemper are the summer months in Alleppey the temperature range between 20°C- 36°C. This is a fair time to make a visit but if you are ready to compromise the heat. The monsoon hits by June and lasts till September. This is not a good time for a visit, however if you love rain you will love it for sure. The best time to make a visit to this backwater destination is the winter which is during the months October to March. The climate is cool and inviting with the temperature ranging between 16°C- 32°C.
By Road: Alleppey is just 60 kms from the commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi. The Kerala state bus services run 24/7 from within the state and also to other major cities in South India.
By Air: The nearest international airport is Kochi Nedumbassery International Airport, which is 80 kms from Alleppey. The Trivandrum International Airport is also easily accessible from Alleppey and is likely 140 kms away. There are frequent flights available to both airports from all the major cities in India.
By Rail: Alleppey railway station is 3kms away from Alleppey town. Both passenger trains within the state and express trains are available daily from all other cities in Kerala, as well as India.
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