Alleppey Backwaters

Gifted with the unique backwaters in the world, Alleppey is voted as the number 1 hotspot in Kerala by travelers all around the globe. A typical Kerala experience is never complete without a houseboat ride through the Alleppey backwaters. The spell-bounding beauty of the landscape, narrow canals, verdant paddy fields, and the exquisite Kerala cuisine takes you to a whole new world and ensure a memorable backwater experience of your lifetime.

Hire a houseboat and float through the palm fringed canals, lush green paddy fields, stop by local toddy shops by the side, witness the local village life on the banks of the Vembanad Lake and taste some exquisite local Alleppey cuisine which is cooked exclusively for you on board. Sit back, relax and get carried away in the enchanted maze of gorgeous waterways in Alleppey.

Speaking about the people of Alleppey, they are down to earth, cheerful and welcoming. The majority of the population rely on rice cultivation, fishing and coir making. Therefore they are all very much close to nature.

History of the Kettuvalloms or the houseboats

History of the houseboatsIn Alleppey, waterways were the only means of transport and trade till 19th century. “Valloms” or the country boats were used by the people in Alleppey to move across the lake and transport goods from Alleppey to nearby cities. These Valloms are made of wood and are specially designed to float on the backwaters. For long distances, the rowers used to carry food with them and even sleep on these Valloms. Due to the same reason, they started making roofs for long distance transport boats, using dried palm leaves. These roofed Valloms gradually earned the name Kettu Valloms or Houseboats. The royal families at Alleppey started making exclusive houseboats for leisure, equipped with all the luxury amenities they used in their homes. With well-furnished bedrooms, kitchen and exclusive chefs, the houseboats became their favourite pass time and holiday home.

Soon the concept of houseboats attracted traders and tourists from the Middle East and European countries. Winged visitors fled from all parts of the world to experience the sheer charm of the palm fringed backwaters in customized houseboats. Now, houseboats have become the celebrated face of Kerala Tourism.

How to reach?

By Road: Alleppey is easily accessible and is located just 60 km from the commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi. The Kerala state bus services connects Alleppey to all the cities in Kerala.

By Air: The nearest international airport is Kochy Nedumbasseri International Airport, which is 80 kms from Alleppey. The Trivandrum International Airport is also easily accessible from Alleppey and is likely 140 kms away. There are frequent flights available to both airports from all the major cities in India and abroad.

By Rail: Alleppey railway station is 3kms away from Alleppey town. Both passenger trains within the state and express trains are available from all the major cities in Kerala and all over India respectively.