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Best Places To Visit In Alleppey, The Venice Of The East

Alappuzha, popularly known as Alleppey, is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District of Kerala. The backwaters of Alappuzha are one of the most popular tourist attractions of Kerala tour packages. Regardless of the district you choose to visit in Kerala, the beautiful state will certainly reward you with a lush green surrounding and a serene atmosphere. Owing to the exotic beaches, endless backwaters, canals, sky-blue lagoons, Alapuzzha is the ‘Venetian Capital’ of Kerala. Here are some of the best places to visit in Alleppey—

Kuttanad Backwaters

One of the most sought-after places of Alleppey, Kuttanad is an amazing tropical region consisting of serene waterways, lakes, rivers, canals, and rivulets. Covering a distance of Kollam to Kochi, the length of the entire water body is about 150 km. Considered as the backwaters paradise, the four major rivers that flow in the region are Meechil, Pampa, Achankovil, and Manimala. The swaying of coconut trees and the swishing of winds add an exotic charm to this place. Try choosing a comfortable houseboat to make your journey through the backwaters enjoyable.

St. Mary’s Forane Church

One of the most visited places in Alleppey, the beautiful church dates back to 835 AD. The church organises two festivals every year including the St. Mary’s Feast (Third Sunday of September). There is an ancient and attractive statue of Sebastian exposed for public only during the feast festival. The regal look, the gorgeous decorations, and the feast make this place a must-visit spot in Alleppey.

 Best Places To Visit In Alleppey, The Venice Of The East

Alleppey Beach

Sparkling sands, beautiful waves, crystal clear blue water, and majestic views of sunrise and sunset is what that defines the beach of Alleppey. Known for its vast and endless stretches and swaying coconut trees, Alleppey Beach is one of the most sought-after beaches of Kerala tour packages. The beach holds a special place because of its importance in the maritime history of Kerala. The remains of Alappuzha Sea Bridge is one of the prime attractions here. You can also visit Sea View Park, Vijay Park, Bishop’s House etc.

Pathiramanal

The name Pathiramanal means ‘Sands of the Night’, is a small island in Lake Vembanad on the backwaters of Alappuzha. The place is home to approx 91 species of birds and 50 species of migratory birds. The island is a bird watcher’s paradise and is one of the offbeat tourist spots. With an absolute serene setting, the experience of walking through the island or taking a ride across Vembanad Lake is sure to impress you.

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

The trip to Alleppey seems to remain incomplete without mentioning the boat racing activity. Also known as Vallam Kali, Snake Boat Race is an annual competition held in every August on Punnamada backwaters. Unlike the other boat races, this race has teams with at least 100 people rowing and singing together. Recognised as a cultural symbol, the boat race is one of the major highlights of the state.

Alleppey is a blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. The tourist spots hold the versatility of the place in a wonderful way.

Top 5 Things You Might Want To Keep In Check Before Planning Your First Ever Train Journey!

We all love to take a break from the monotonous life every once in a while and take a nice vacation with our loved ones or family or friends. But most of the time our pockets do not allow that. But thanks to the Indian railways, that make travelling so much comfortable and affordable at the same time.

The railways has been able to accommodate all the sections of the society and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that today most of the population has been on the rails at least one. But if you are one of the rare populations then you have to take a trip on the train soon. And these are the following things that you must keep in mind while planning a trip by the railways:

  1. Ticket reservation– lakhs of people commute via the Indian railways on a daily basis. So in case you have a well planned trip, then you have to reserve your train tickets well in advance. Because the more you delay, the higher gets the waiting list and the more you lose your chance of getting a seat. Ideally you should book your tickets at least 1 and half months before.
  2. Carrying your ticket– earlier people had to go to the railway station to book their tickets. But these days everything can be done online. Now in case you too have booked your tickets online, then make sure you get a printout of your e-ticket and also carry an identification card. And don’t make the mistake of carrying a duplicate. Make no mistake, always carry an original.
  3. Food and water– these are the most basic necessities. Now if your train journey is only for a few hours then you could carry homemade food for yourself. But if your journey is for more than a day then doesn’t worry you won’t starve to death. The Indian railways have this covered for you. To make sure you get hot meals, the trains have a pantry car that offers you food in train at a decent rate. Also, one has the benefit of packaged mineral water sold by the vendors.
  4. Make sure to check the station schedule– you must go though the schedule of the train stops. One can easily find them from the online websites. This gives you an idea about the halts at each station and also about the route of the train. And the most important, keep a track of your own destination and the time of arrival.
  5. Toiletries – if you are travelling for the first time you are definitely going to be very particular about every tiny detail. So you might want to keep your sanitation in check. Although the trains offer soaps, hand washes and towels; but you could carry your own sanitizer and hand wash just to be on a safe side. Also, if your trip is an overnight journey then you would need things like tooth paste, brush etc to clean up the following morning.