Emerald green backwaters flanked by paddy fields, long lazy houseboat rides, delicious Appams and Stew, and miles and miles of peace and solitude - say hello to Alleppey! Good news is that all this and much more doesn’t come at a big price. With these insider tips on budget travel and looking out for some exciting deals, you can enjoy a memorable holiday to Alleppey without breaking the bank.
Train to Cochin > Bus to Alleppey
One of the most economical ways of getting to Alleppey is by train. The nearest railway station to Alleppey is Cochin. Given below is the return train fare to Cochin from various Indian cities:
Delhi to Cochin: Rs. 2,000
Mumbai to Cochin: Rs. 1,400
Kolkata to Cochin: Rs. 1,700
Bangalore to Cochin: Rs. 800
Bus to Alleppey:Alleppey is at a distance of 58 kilometres from Cochin and takes an hour by road. The best way to get to Alleppey from Cochin is by bus. A return bus ticket from Cochin to Alleppey would cost you roughly Rs. 200.
Where to Stay
JCT Houseboat: Enjoy a perfect setting for a vacation in the most beautiful part of Kerala. JCT Houseboats is a 3-star property that offers luxurious backwater cruises.
Tariff: Rs. 9,000 per night
Amenities: Power Backip| Doctor On Call| All Meals on Board
Deshadan Backwaters: Around 30 minutes drive from Alappuzha Railway Station, Deshadan Backwater Resort offers guests with warm hospitality and modern facilities.
Tariff: Rs. 4,500 per night
Amenities: Mini Fridge| Safety Deposit Box| Tea/Coffee Maker| WiFi| Infinity Pool| Ayurvedic Centre
Haveli Backwater Resort: 30 Min Drive from Alleppey Railway Station and 7.3 km from Pathirappally Bus Stop. Guest can visit various tourist places like Nehru Trophy Boat Race(550 m), Mullakkal Temple(1 km), Alappuzha Beach(4 km), St. Mary's Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church(16 km), Pathiramanal Island(16.5 km) and much more.
Tariff: Rs. 3,500 per night
Amenities: Swimming Pool | Ayurvedic Massage Centre | Safety Deposit Box
Spend a Day at Alleppey Beach: Known throughout Kerala for its natural beauty, Alleppey beach is a must-visit. Fringed by dense palm groves, a lighthouse and a beautiful garden, Alleppey beach is perfect for an early morning stroll or a family picnic.
Visit the Historic St. Mary Forane Church: One of the oldest churches in India, St. Mary Forane Church was built in 1870 and is known for its beautiful sculptures and murals.
Explore Krishnapuram Palace: Built in the 18th Century by the former King of Travancore, Marthanda Varma Maharaja, the Krishnapuram Palace is now an archeological museum. The most famous mural in the Krishnapuram Palace is the 14 feet by 11 feet Gajendra Moksham mural, the largest of its kind in Kerala. Entry to the museum is Rs. 25 per person.
Where To Eat
Harbour Restaurant: Run by the nearby Raheem Residency, Harbour Restaurant serves delicious Indian, Continental and Chinese food. Wash your meal down with a chilled glass of beer.
Shopping:Alleppey is a great place to buy tea, spices, locally crafted jewellery, bronze ware and fibre handicrafts. Don’t forget to visit Floating Triveni, a floating mall! The mall stocks toiletries, stationery and other provisions.
Day Trip to Kumarakom: Kumarakom, located at a distance of 45 kilometers, is a great place to go bird watching, many migratory birds like Siberian Crane, Parrots,Larks and Teals, flock here every year.
Off Season Travel: If you’re looking at travelling on a budget, then the best time to visit Alleppey is from April to July. This is when you’ll secure great deals on hotels and have the backwaters all to yourself, minus the crowds of tourists.
Take a Ferry Ride Instead of Booking a Houseboat: A stay in a houseboat will set you back around Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,000 per night. Instead, hop on a ferry and explore the backwaters more extensively and at a cheaper price. Government run ferry tours begin at Rs. 150 per person.
If a relaxing holiday is what you have in mind, then Alleppey Kerala is your best bet. Book your holiday in Alleppey today!
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Anupam is a creative writer by both choice and profession. He loves traveling to places untouched by human populace and interference. Wants to go on a trip to Mars as soon as it’s technically possible. ISRO, do it fast! Are you listening?