Now known as Alappuzha, the town is the administrative capital of Kerala. Here’s what you can do when in Alleppey.
1. Alleppey Houseboat stay
This is a must-try experience. The luxury of the houseboats coupled with the hospitality and the views, the experience is pure bliss. This ride and overnight stay through the lagoons help get an understanding of why Alleppey is called the Venice of India.
2. Watch the snake boat race
The monsoon snake boat race in August is a famous sport in this town. If you happen to go during the monsoon to Alleppey, you will get to see teams preparing for this. In the month of August, you can even watch this historic race.
3. Visit the light house
The Alleppey lighthouse offers a beautiful view of the beach town from the top. The climb is a little tough but the sight one can see is totally worth it. There is also a small museum that offers a look into the history of the lighthouse.
4. Laze by the beach
The beach with its golden sand and cool waters is a great place to relax. The sunset on the beach is beautiful. The eateries along the beach offer tasty food which is a mix of authentic Keralite cuisine and Italian food. The street food on the beach is also very tasty – do try that out.
5. Bird watching
The birds by the lagoons are a sight to behold. While on the lagoon be sure to keep an eye for the different species who live along with the water bodies.
6. Shop in the market
The banana chips of different varieties are a must by from the markets of Alleppey. The spices are also of different varieties that are available in the markets. Be sure to bargain while shopping.
7. Kayak or canoe ride
Besides a houseboat ride, the lagoons of Alleppey are a great place to kayak and canoe ride. The experience is a must-have while here.
8. Enjoy an Ayurveda spa treatment
For those aching muscles and stress from daily work, an authentic Ayurveda spa treatment is the best cure. The town of Alleppey offers a great opportunity to sample these.
9. Indulge your taste buds on seafood
The seafood available in Alleppey is Kerala’s best. From big prawns to crabs to lobsters – name the fish and you will find it here. Locals are happy to cook them for you for a reasonable fee.