Alleppey – Landscape photography destination in INDIA
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is a town in Kerala in southern India. Known for its scenic backwaters, Alleppey is also considered to be one of the oldest planned towns in the region.
No amount of repetition can dull the description of the swaying coconut trees, the green paddy fields, blue skies, flocks of ducks floating on the surface, cormorants, the fish-eating birds exposing only their long necks above water, and those beautiful water lilies. You have to see it to believe it.
To call Alleppey the “Venice of East” maybe a cliché, but there is truth in it. There are narrow canals which connect the larger water bodies. There are canals – narrow canals – snake like canals – crawling through the paddy fields.
And you are brought to this romance by the cupid itself – the houseboats. These houseboats are, actually, resorts-on-float. Cruising the backwaters of Kerala is one of the most serene, beautiful and peaceful things to experience.
1. Bird watching while you Canoe or Kayak
The backwaters of Alleppey are home to the rarest and most exquisite migratory birds on earth. Stork Billed and White Throated Kingfishers, White Breasted Waterhen, Black Drongo, Asian Palm Swift, and Jungle Myna would be ready to pose for your camera shutters, anytime.
Now, all of this can be done while you canoe or kayak in the same beautiful backwaters of Alleppey. There are dedicated bird watching tours that can be clubbed with canoeing or kayaking packages.
2. Explore the beaches and behold the sunset from a lighthouse
This is about a visit down the history lanes. The beach line in Alleppey is named Alappuzha, which has a pretty and quaint, left-alone lighthouse that gives you the most amazing views to capture.
3. Witness the practicing sessions of Snake Boat Races
Visit Alleppey around June, when the practice sessions are on and one gets to interact with the rowers.
4. Sunsets at Pozhiyoram beach
Only if you make it in time for sunset, you are in for a delight – the red sun melts down into the waters while the Chinese fishnets frame some of the most amazing silhouettes you will ever get to see.
Is a small island on the backwaters of Alappuzha, is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world. Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat.
Places to visit
- Alleppey Beach : The ravishing beauty of the beach is further emphasized by dense palm groves, an ancient lighthouse and a beautiful garden at the seashore.
- Krishnapuram Palace : a fine example of typical Keralite architecture exhibiting many antique sculptures and exquisite paintings.
- Backwaters: The backwaters of Alleppey could be described as a mirage of what heaven must look like on a tranquil day; only, it’s not a mirage but very real. Alleppey is blessed with a rather peculiar geographical feature of having the water at level with the land.
- Stay in Kuttanad and capture the village life: Kuttanad has the distinction of being the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’. It’s known far and wide for its huge spreads of green paddy fields against the backdrop of placid backwaters.
- Ambalapuzha Temple: The Ambalappuzha Temple is the house of the revered deity Lord Krishna and is also known as the ‘Dwaraka’ of the south. Famous for its Temple Festival.
- Marari Beach: The Beach is located about 11 kilometers from Alleppey in the quaint, little town of Mararikulam. The peaceful surroundings of Marari Beach make it the perfect place to relax in, take a stroll or simply gaze at the endless ocean.
6. Rejuvenate with Ayurveda and Spa
Best time to visit
November to February: Winters are the best time to visit Alleppey as the weather is mild and pleasant. The average temperature during this time is between 17 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius. This is the perfect time to go on a houseboat ride and explore the backwaters of Alleppey.
How to reach
The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kilometers is the nearest airport to Alleppey.
Kerala State Run Transport Corporation buses connect Alleppey to most major cities in Kerala. Luxury air-conditioned buses also operate from cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore and Coimbatore to Alleppey.
The Alleppey Railway Station lies within the city limits and is well connected by rail to Cochin and Trivandrum.