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Alleppey-Kumarakom
Alleppey-Kumarakom  
From Bangalore
 594 km
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.


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  • 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
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. 

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. 

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, but winters are pleasant, making September to march the best time to visit.
Connectivity: Ensure you enquire about mobile connectivity before visiting!
Trivia: Vembanad lake is the longest lake in India.

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