Alleppey popularly known as ‘Venice of the East’ is famous for its tourist destinations, backwater holidays, boat races, marine products, beaches and coir history. Some of the places that offer mesmerizing experience to the tourists are:
1. Alleppey Beach -
Image - wikipediaAlleppey beach is a famous picnic spot and one of the best locations for film shootings. Entertainment activities at the Vijaya Beach Park make this beach more attractive for the tourists. An old lighthouse located nearby is greatly fascinating to the tourists. Houseboat cruise is another delightful experience because you can enjoy uninterrupted view of backwater life while staying in a well-furnished houseboat.
Best Time: During Sunset Entry Fee: no entry fee
2. Vembanad Lake -
Image - wikimediaVembanad Lake located in Kottayam is a charming picnic spot. This fast developing tourist destination provides fishing and boating experiences that are really thrilling. This tranquil lake comes alive during the famous festival Onam with an amazing water regatta – the snake boat races. It is really amazing to see almost one hundred of oarsmen in one boat, cutting through the waters fast with their own full throated singing.
Best Time: During Day Entry Fee: no entry fee
3. Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple -
Image - wikimediaAmbalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple built in a typical Kerala architectural style is famous for the Palpayasam (sweet milk porridge offering). Paintings of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu (Dasavatharam) are displayed on the walls of this temple.
Best Time: During Day
4. Eddakal Caves -
Image - keralatourismEddakal Caves located 10km away from Sultan Bathery are two natural rock formations supposed to have been formed by splitting of a massive rock. These Caves are considered to be one of earliest centers of human habitat. Inside the caves, you will find drawings of human figures, trees, knives, wheels and symbolic wall inscriptions of animal and human figures.
Entry: Paid Timings: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM
5. St. Mary's Forane Church -
Image - wikimediaSt. Mary's Forane Church is famous for its sculptures and murals. Located on the bank of backwaters, St. Mary's Forane Church is not only an architectural marvel but also an excellent example of Christian heritage in India.
Timings: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM
6. Marari Beach -
Image - expenovaMarari Beach is an isolated and serene spot located in the Mararikulam village of Kerala. Hidden away from commercialization and soaked in tranquility, Marari Beach is a pristine paradise that offers some great views. Since this beach is generally not flocked by the tourists therefore you can enjoy peace and privacy at its best here. At this sandy beach you can sit for hours to relax. During Onam festival, you can indulge in ‘Snake boat race’ here.
Entry Fee: no entry fee Timings: All days of the week 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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7. Kuttanad -
Image - wikimediaKuttanad, known as the ‘rice bowl of India’ is a picturesque area of paddy cultivation where farming is carried out below sea level. Kuttanad is a backwater paradise and offers a glimpse of rural life-style and scenic beauty of Kerala.
8. Krishnapuram Palace -
Image - wikimediaWell known for typical Kerala style architecture, Krishnapuram Palace was built in the Travancore period. Although the main structure of the temple is intact but various other structures around the place have been destroyed. Currently it is protected by the Archaeology Department and houses a museum with various rarest artifacts to show. The most famous mural in this temple is Gagendra Moksham mural. This 14ft x 11ft mural is the largest of its kind in Kerala.
Entry Fee: Rs. 5 per person for children, Rs. 10 per person for adults Timings: All days of the week except Monday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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