All about Alleppey - Experiences & History
Also called "Venice of the East", Alleppey or Alappuzha is famous for the backwater cruises, the spectacular snake boat races and the Coir Industry.
Alleppey is a pleasant easy-going market town surrounded by coconut plantations. With its large network of canals, it is a major center for backwater cruises and the venue for spectacular snake boat races. Also called "Venice of the East", the town is the headquarters of Kerala's coir industry and also important for cashew nut processing. A cruise along the backwaters is one of the most enthralling experiences Alleppey offers. The houseboats of today - huge, slow moving, exotic barge used for leisure trips - are the reworked kettuvallams of olden times. The original kettuvallams were used to carry tons of rice and spices which has now tremendously changed over the years.
While here, enjoy the simple joys of life while when you float past the countryside in a typical Kerala styled houseboat. Take a close look at her rustic villages where aimless cattle lazily graze around. Watch fishermen launching their cockleshell boats while flocks of ducks waddle down to the water from thatched houses on the banks. Capture the many hues as Lotus flowers dot the canals with their pink and lavender shades, lush green rice fields sprawl out without a border. Listen to the swaying coconut groves with an occasional lonely temple or church bell ringing in the background. Yes…here, Life reveals itself to you as a dainty maiden where you just have to close your eyes and breathe in her beauty.
Experiences in Alleppey
A floating holiday on the backwaters is perhaps the most enchanting holiday experience. As you cruise through the backwaters, experience the way of life and daily activities of the local inhabitants.
A cruise along the mirror-still lagoons, picture-book lakeside, palm-fringed canals and shimmering rivulets of `God's Own Country' is the most enthralling holidaying experience. The journey offers breath-taking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala.
Snake Boat Race
Boat races are part and parcel of the rich traditional grandeur of Kerala. Alleppey's backwaters play host to some of the most exciting snake boat races. One of the most prestigious snake boat races exemplifying the glory of Alleppey is the Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race.
Boat race displays the vibrant village festival spirit. The boat race are popularly called snake boat race due to the peculiar canoe shape of the boat. Thousands of local people and tourists throng the venue to participate in this exciting event. Each boat carries 95 oarsmen, 10 nilakkar (cheerleaders) and 5 amarakkar (controllers). This sport signifies the excellent team spirit, integration and amity of the people of this backwater country. The rhythmic and the synchronized way of rowing the majestic snake boats make it a rare spectacle.
Visit of Coir Factory
Alleppey is famous for its coir industry that caters to the domestic and international market. Though the use of coir in Kerala dates back to several centuries, an organised coir industry emerged only in the mid-19th century. Visit coir factories to learn about coir manufacturing process.
The guests will be able to see how farmers extract all the different parts of coconut to use a variety of purposes: ropes, carpets, timber, fruits, etc. Guest will see first how one goes up on coconut trees for dropping nuts. Then, nuts are opened before being immersed for nine months in the mud. After they are dried, farmers tap on the bark to separate the fibres, before putting them in machines that clean. Finally, they cut the trunks into planks which are used to build houses and to make strings. The remaining fibre is sent to factories for making carpets, rugs, etc.
Vanjis Cruise (canoe)
Enjoy the varieties of sceneries and freshness of narrow canals through this canoe trip
Kerala is the land of beautiful lagoons and meandering rivers and the best way to explore the mesmerizing scenery is by taking up this cruise. Cruise on the backwaters & small canals in traditional country canoes called "vanjis" to see the underwater paddy fields & the agricultural activities of the local people living on the backwaters.
Walking Tour of Alleppey
Walking is one of the best ways to truly get to know a place. Explore Alleppey's wonderful past on this walk.
The tour starts with a presentation of the history and unique features of the town and ends at the gallery of the club. It is partly driving and walking through the Gujarati quarter, the canal banks and an old wholesale market. The walk typically ends with lunch in members' homes. The meal is authentic Kerala and one gets to interact with Alleppey residents and get to know about their lives.
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A tour though the scenic countryside of Kerala on cycles or car seeing the locals go about their day to day life.
Start early to a visit a fisherman's beach where you witness live action of boatmen bringing in their fresh catch of fishes for auction. Enroute visit coir yarning and mat weaving units. Later continue the drive to reach the beautiful farmhouse set by the backwater. Breakfast will be served before the cycling tour. Interact with the family and exchange experiences with brief introduction to some of the heritage relics available in the house. After breakfast, start pedalling through the local countryside. Later at the river bank, cross over to the other side on a canoe. Continue cycling for another 4kms to reach the fish market. The Expedition Manager will explain the life and activities around the market. Giving an insight of how well the economy is balanced among the communities. Cycle again, for a stretch of 7kms back, to the farm house.