For the back water lovers. Alleppey is with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet “Venice of the east”. Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake -boat race “The Nehru Trophy boat race” held on the second Saturday of August, every year. It is excitement all around as snake – boats , each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind. The House boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey gives one first hand experience of the village life style, toddy tapping, fishing, Coir-making, prawn farming etc.
Alleppey is famous for House boat stay.
House boat or “Kettuvallam” is made entirely of jackwood planks tied (kettu) together with strong coir rope to form a huge barge(vallam). The boat is constructed without using a single nail and is coated with a special resin obtained from boiling cashew kernels. Each a masterpiece of intricate craftsmanship, the ‘kettuvallam’ lasts, not for years, but for generations.
House boat has furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling, an open lounge and a crew comprising of an oarsmen,a cook and guide. Experience the warmth and luxury awaiting you in the houseboat as it floats down waterways lined with swaying coconut palms and rustic landscapes.
During the house boat Cruise you can see some of the most spectacular backwater scenery and overnight stay in the house boat with B/fast, lunch, Tea/Coffee, snacks and dinner. There are 2 types of House boats we have. “Deluxe A/C” and “Luxury A/C”.
For a low budget package, please avoid House boat stay to reduce total cost. Instead you can ask for a 1 hr motor boat cruise in Alleppey. Specify this plan in your request form.
In & Around Alappuzha
The Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple which is 14 kms away from Alleppey is one of the famous pilgrimage in Kerala. It is equally famous for its palpayasam. The main festival of this temple is in March-April. The well-known poet Kunjan Nambiar staged his initial Ottan Thullal in this temple.
Kuttanad is located on the Eastern shore of Lake Vembanad, the largest lake in Kerala. It is known as the rice bowl of kerala. A boat cruise through the backwaters and a short stay in the villages are some of the most exotic experiences that Kuttanad can give. The boat cruises are routed through the large expanses of the Vembanad lake, Pamba, Achankovil and Meenachil.
The St. Sebastian’s Church in Arthunkal is an important Christian pilgrim centre. It was built by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. It is noted for the 10 day Arthunkal Perunnal which is celebrated in the month of january.