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Alleppey-Kumarakom
From Bangalore
 594 km
 10 hrs 7 mins
To Cochin 1 hr
Lovingly known as 'Venice of the East', Alleppey and Kumarakom region is a backwater paradise. Historical monuments and traditional Kerala architecture punctuate the landscape with a serene backdrop. Also known as the 'Rice bowl of India', owing to significant paddy cultivation, cuisine is a big attraction here.
There are a number of luxury resorts, home stays and heritage bungalows that cater to the needs of couples, nature lovers, trekkers and adventure seekers. Tourists can also try the houseboat options for cruises during sunset or overnight which might become the highlight of your visit.
Getting to Alleppey-Kumarakom
  • Alleppey also called The Venice of The East
  • Best time to visit: September to March
  • House boat cruise in Kumarakom
  • Vembanad lake, a union of 6 major rivers
  • Enjoy Karimeen or Fish Moilee
  • Buy coir products and carpets
Getting to Alleppey-Kumarakom
Alleppy Beach: Stretching up and down the coast, Alleppey beach offers sights of beautiful sunsets and a pleasant, romantic walk on the sun kissed sands. The swaying coconut trees just add to the magnificence of the place.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race: Held on the second Saturday every august, this is the most popular snake boat race held in India. Be sure to catch it on your visit!

Kottayam Town: An old town with ancient churches, dating back over 600 years. Contributing to the heritage of the region, Kottayam town showcases the old Kerala lifestyle.
Kerala Kayaking: Choose between single or double paddle boats, and be transported back to your starting point by motor boat. A thrilling activity in touch with nature offered by the only kayaking outfit in Alleppey. 
Based on a 4 or 7 or 10 hour trip, charges vary from Rs.1000 to Rs.4000. 
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls: Picnic by the cascading waters of Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls. Relax as the water gushes past and the birds chirp nearby. 

Sri Krishna Ayurveda Panchkarma Centre: Get a relaxing massage at affordable rates. They offer three, five and seven night accommodation packages along with yoga lessons.
With an abundance of both salt and fresh water sources, sea food is aplenty. Karimeen or pearlspot is the favourite fish around here.

Tender coconut water is ubiquitous and is a must have in Kerala. One could also upgrade to the local drink Toddy once settled down.

Beef, pork and mutton dishes are excellent accompaniments for Appam (a bread prepared with fermented rice batter and coconut milk) and tapioca.

Chakara Restaurant: A rooftop restaurant, it specializes in a combination of Kerala and European cuisine.

Harbour Restaurant: A spectacular ambience by the beach, this restaurant is run by the same people who run Chakara Restaurant. 

Other places to try include Thaff, Mushroom, and KreamKorner Art Café.
Best things to shop here are coir products and antiques. Scale models of several styles of boats (vallams) are good as souvenirs. Handmade mirrors from Aranmula are highly desired and carry a geographical identification tag.

Although souvenirs aren't prevalent, you can stock up on pepper, cardamom, areca nut and others.

Languages spoken: Malayalam, Tamil, English, Hindi

Currency: Indian Rupee

Climate: Summers are hot and humid while winters are pleasant. The best time to visit would be from September to March!

Connectivity: Mobile connectivity is not very reliable in these regions.

Trivia: Vembanad lake is the longest lake in India.

Backwaters: Surrounding the Vembanad lake, off the Arabian Sea coast, this network is a labyrinth of rivers, lakes, inlets and canals meandering through paddy fields and small villages. Attracting people all around the world, Kumarakom, now declared Special Tourism Zone, is the prime of houseboat experiences in India, with Kashmir being the counterpart.  Although mostly used for tourism, there are different styles of boats for specific purposes.
Backwaters here connect Kumarakom and Cochin in the north; and Quilon to the south.
Several races are hosted all around this region with families and respective neighbourhoods battling it out for coveted trophies.
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Acclaimed as the finest luxury heritage resort in India, Kumarakom Lake Resort nestles on the serene banks of the Lake Vembanad. It is truly a paradise, untouched by time...
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Nestled on the serene banks of Vembanad lake, Punnamada Serena Spa Resort is a world of heritage and luxury which gives you total relaxation of mind, body and soul.
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INR 6916
 Alleppey
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Lake Palace Resort is a luxury Resort Situated on the serene banks of the Vembanadu Lake in Alleppey at close proximity to the world renowned Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Lake Palace is a resort with difference.
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INR 6249
 Chungam
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Set within 800 metres from Punnamada Lake, Cosy Houseboats is within 5kms of the famous Alappuzha Beach. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of Kerala backwaters from the private sit-outs of the houseboats.
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INR 5265
 Alleppey
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Featuring traditionally crafted wooden furniture, local nature paintings and ethnic handicrafts to the modern gadgets, the resort harmoniously blends ancient heritage and modern comforts.
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INR 4858 INR 5511
 Kumarakom
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Situated on the banks of the holy river Pamba, Pamba Heritage Vila is the restored ansectral home of the famous Kanjooparambil family. It is beautiful, spacious and a well ventilated comfortable home stay furnished with all amenities, that makes it a perfect blend of old world charm and modern luxury.
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INR 6501
 Nedumudi
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Abad Whispering Palms is located right on the bank of the Vembanadu Lake in natural back water surroundings. An ideal place to relax and bask in the luxury of tranquility.
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INR 4489
 Konchumada
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Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort, Muhamma, West of Kumarakom is one of the most preferred 4 star resorts in this region. All rooms here feature sound-proof walls and offer pleasing views of the adjoining lake or lush green surroundings.
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 Muhamma
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Situated 5.5 km from Alappuzha Railway Station and just 270m from Punnamada Lake, Pulickattil House Boat offers exciting backwater cruises.
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INR 6703
 Alleppey
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JCT Houseboats is a 3 star property that offers luxurious backwater cruises. The sun decks on the houseboats offer a magnificent panorama of the backwaters.
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INR 8609
 Alleppey
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Located near Vembanad Lake, The World Backwaters is a 4 star property that delights guests with its range of amenities and facilities. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surroundings from private balconies in rooms.
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INR 3656
 Thanneermukkom
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An exotic farmhouse presented as an excellent souvenir of the ancient Akkarakalam family in Alleppey district with a tradition of 150 years. Lodged in the ideal settings of a rustic background, it stands an an icon of age-old tradition and trust.
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INR 2566
 Chennamkary, Alleppey
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Situated next to Alleppey Beach, Ananda Beach Home features a restaurant. It lies 5.5 km from Alleppey railway station and 8.9 km from Marari Beach. Most tourist spots are also in proximity to this picturesque resort.
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INR 2128
 Mullakal, Alleppey
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Coir Village Lake Resort is an exquisite resort is situated at Thrikunnapuzha, a small island lying along the backwaters of Alleppey and Kollam. Nature finds her ultimate expression in this beautiful lagoon, surrounded by soft whispering lake, tall palms and rich greenery - the natural ingredients for a perfect holiday.
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 Alleppey
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Set on the shores of the Arabian sea, designed for those seeking an easy going foot-in-sand experience, Casamaria Beach Resort is a dazzling, small and sleek boutique resort which feels like home away from home.
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INR 2796
 Alleppey
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Citrus Retreats is well located, with Alleppey Railway Station at 5.1kms and Alappuzha Beach at just 6.3kms. Enjoy a delicious meal at the floating restaurant, BISO, or experience a cruise on a house bout.
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INR 4816
 Alleppey
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