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Temple Festivals of Kerala

Kerala is undoubtedly famous for its luxuriant greenery and incredible natural grandeur. Its rich cultural and traditional heritages leaves no stone unturned in attempting to surpass the verdant opulence. One among the plethora of cultural feasts for the eyes are the temple festivals of Kerala. Some of the major one’s are as follows:

 Arattu at Thiruvananthapuram

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Arattu festival is a festival that is celebrated in Trivandrum in the famous Padmanabhan Temple. In Kerala, arattu festival is celebrated as a closing ceremony of a 10-day festival in Kerala. The Arattu festival in Kerala is celebrated twice a year, once in the months of October-November and one more time in the months of March-April. The festival actually refers to the procession that takes place as a closing ceremony of the 10-day festival at the temple. Read on further to know more about Arattu festival of Kerala, India.

On this occasion, the ex-Maharaja visits the temple at Trivandrum and performs certain rituals. After the rituals, a grand procession is taken out of the temple. The procession comprises of beautifully ornamented elephants with the idol of Lord mounted on the front elephant. Drummers and musicians playing musical instruments accompany these elephants. While the procession leaves the perimeter of the temple, a salute of 21 guns is given as an honor. The procession progresses slowly towards the Sanghumugham beach.

The Maharaja also accompanies the procession amidst tight security. On reaching the beach, a ceremonial dip is taken in the sea. Slowly the procession heads back to the temple thus marking the end of the 10-day festival.

Ambalapuzha Arattu

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The Sree Krishnaswamy temple at Ambalapuzha dedicated to Parthasarathy was established by the Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran in the year 790 M.E. He offered his state to Sree Krishna and ruled the country as his regent after assuming the name of Deva Narayana.

The Arattu festival of this temple commences with the flag hoisting ceremony on the Atham day in Meenam (March-April). The important Arattu Utsavam, however, takes place on the Thiruvonam day in Meenam.

‘Velakali’ is an important feature of this festival. The famous Ambalapuzha Palpayasam (a milk pudding of exceptional sweetness) is the important offering of this temple.

 Aranmula Uthrattathi

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The Aranmula Uthrittathi is celebrated with a ritual boat race held during the Onam festival. Legend has it that a boat carrying offerings to the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple was under attacked by enemies. People from the neighboring areas sent their snake boats to protect it. This has now evolved into a snake boat race, presented as an offering to Lord Parthasarathy.

 

Attukal Pongala

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Attukal Pongala (also known as the Sabrimala of women) is considered the largest congregation of women in the world. Women all over the city cook their offerings and bring it to the Attukal temple. ‘Payasam’ – a sweet dish made with rice, jaggery and banana is an integral part of this offering.

 

Adoor Gajamela

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An annual 10 day long celebration is held at the Parthasarathy Temple in Adoor, and the Adoor Gajamela is the highlight of it. Nine elephants in their ceremonial attire are paraded, as hundreds of visitors throng the temple gates to witness the regal spectacle.

Kuthiyottam and Kettukazhcha

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The Chettikulangara Temple near Kayamkulam celebrates the Bharani Utsavam in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February-March). The highlight of this temple festival is Kuthiyottam and Kettukazhcha. As part of the Kuthiyottam ceremony, young boys are required to fast, and are taken in a ceremonial procession to the temple to the tune of music, the beating of drums and ornamental umbrellas. For Kettukazhcha, local residents worship decorated effigies of chariots, horses and dieties and take part in a ceremonial procession.

Chittoor Konganpada

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Konganpada is celebrated in the Bhagavathy temple at Chittur in the month of Kumbhom (February-March). It is meant to commemorate the victory of the Nairs of Chittur over the militia of Konganadu (Coimbatore) which the Goddess Bhagavathy is believed to have orchestrated.

 

 

Chottanikkara Makam

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Chottanikkara Makam is an auspicious day observed at the Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple. The Murti of Goddess Bhagavathy is given a ritual bath, after which it is accompanied by Lord Shastha and eleven elephants to an open ground until noon. The deity is clothed in regal attire and adorned with jewels. It is also believed that prayers offered during this time will be answered.

Ettumanoor Festival

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The Ettumanoor festival is celebrated in an ancient Siva temple about 12 Km North-East of Kottayam. The arattu festival of this temple is celebrated annually in a grand fashion on the Thiruvathira day in Kumbham. Multitudes flock to the temple on the 8th and 10th day of the festival when seven and a half elephants made of gold are displayed for public view.

Guruvayoor Festival

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The Guruvayur festival begins on the day of Pushya in the month of Kumbham (February-March), and culminates with the Aarattu on the 10th day. The rituals are served to purify and energize the deity’s powers. The cultural festivities include a variety of processions, bright lights, decorative arches and non-explosive fireworks. Homes are freshly painted and buildings are decorated with lights, plantain trunks, coconut bunches and arecanuts.

Haripad Temple Festival

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The Thaipooyam Festival is a one-day affair held at the Sree Subrahmanya Swamy Temple. Devotee carry kavadis (decorated wooden arches) on their shoulders and perform a ritualistic dance called Kavadiyattom as they proceed to the temple. Some devotees also pierce their cheeks with long arrows and perform a tantric dance as an offering to the gods.

Kanathurkava Uthsavam

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The Kanathurkavu Temple in the heart of Kannur celebrates its annual festival in April each year. Thousands throng the premises to witness the Theyyattom – a dance ritual of the Goddess Mahadevi.

 

 

 

Kappally Kumbham Thira

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The Kappally temple conducts its annual Thira festival between the 3rd and 13th days of Kumbham (February-March) every year. The 12th day is considered the most important day of the festival.

 

 

Kodiyettu Uthsavam

The Kodiyettu Utsavam is a festival dedicated to the Goddess Bhagavathy, celebrated in memory of the temple’s consecration. It commences on the Makayiram day in Vrischikam (November-December) and ends on the Uthram day.

Kodungallur Bharani Utsavam

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The Bharani festival is well known for it’s spectacular event called kaavu theendal. For this ritual, oracles from various parts of the state arrive at Kodungalloor Bhagavathy temple. The men and women run around the temple in a trance, smiting their crowns with swords and proclaiming their communion with the Mother Goddess. The devotees strike the temple rafters with sticks and throw their offerings over the roof in to the inner quadrangle of the temple.

Koodalmanikyam Utsavam

The historic Koodalmanickam temple situated in the Manavalassery village is an architectural masterpiece. The deity, Sree Bharatha is worshiped here and the annual festival is conducted during the month of Medom (April-May).

Kumaranalloor Thrikarthika Uthsavam

Thrikkarthika is celebrated in the month of Vrischikam (November–December). On the Karthika day, devotees visit the Udayanapuram and Thrissur Vadakkunnatha temples and present their offerings. Legend has it that the gods of these two temples where enamored with the beauty of Devi as she returned from her bath. They hopped over the compound walls to look at here, and were finally met at the walls by temple priests. So, during Karthika, puja is performed over the walls of these temples. There is also a magnificent display of lights in the evening, called Karthika Vilakku, which is the highlight of the celebrations.

Kalapathy Ratholsavam (Chariot Festival)

The Sree Viswanathaswamy Temple at Kalpathy holds an annual 7 day chariot festival, and the last three days are called the Kalpathy Ratholsavam. The 700 year old temple celebrates this festival with Vedic recitals and a massive procession of decorated temple chariots drawn through the streets by thousands of devotees.

Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam

During the Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam festival, the major theyyam forms of Kerala are performed amid thousands of visitors. The festival itself is a riot of colours and pageantry, making it very attractive to onlookers.

Lokanarkavu Uthsavam

The Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy temple is situated at Memunda in North Kerala. It celebrates two festivals annually in the months of Vrischikam (November-December) and Meenam (March-April). The festival in Vrischikam is called Mandalavilakku and is the more important of the two.

Mannarsala Utsavam

Mannarsala, situated near the Sri. Subramanyaswamy temple in Haripad, is the seat of the famous temple of Nagaraja (God of Serpents). The temple itself is build in a grove and is known to have 30,000 images of snake gods. On the day of Ayilliam in the months of Kanni and Thulam (September and October), all the serpent deities in the grove and temple are taken in a procession and are offered Nurum Palum (rice flour and milk), Kuruthi (a red liquid made of turmeric and lime) and cooked rice.

Nellikulangara Vela

The temple of Nellikulangara Bhagavathi attracts many visitors who seek to invoke the blessings of the Goddess. Their annual festival is conducted in the 20th Meenam (March-April) every year. During the festival, an image of the deity is placed on a richly attired elephant and taken on a procession. To accompany the procession, there is a live band, fireworks and a lot of pageantry.

Sharkara Bharani and Kaliyootu

The Sarkara Bhagavathy temple is situated in the Sarkara village, close to the Chirayinkeezhu railway station. This temple celebrates the Kaliyoottu festival in Kumbham and the Bharani festival in Meenam (February-March). Kaliyootu is actually a commemoration of the fight between Darika and Bhadrakali.

Sundareshwara Temple Festival

The Shri Sundareshwara Temple was founded by Shri Narayana Guru in 1916 and it’s dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple conducts an 8-day long festival in the months of March- April every year.

Thrissur Pooram

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The Thrissur Pooram is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). The 200 year old festival displays a spectacular procession of elephants and drummers for a whole 36 hours. Unlike other temple festivals, the Thrissur Pooram is celebrated by all residents, irrespective of religion, caste or community.

Thirunakkara Uthsavam

The Mahadeva Temple at Kottayam is located on the Thiruvakkara Hill. It is a famous Siva temple, known for its historical significance, antique heritage and sanctity. The temple conducts a 10-day long Arattu Utsavam in the 1st Meenam (March-April) which attracts hundreds and thousands of devotees.

Thrichambaram Uthsavam

The Thrichambaram temple is dedicated to Sree Krishna and is located in the Taliparamba village. The temple’s annual festival lasts for 14 days from 22nd Kumbaham (February-March).

Varkala Janardhana Swamy Temple Arattu

This temple’s annual 10-day long Arattu festival is celebrated in the month of Meenam (March-April). It commences with a Kodiyettu (Flag hoisting) on Karthika day and ends with the Arattu on Uthram day.

Vaikathashtami Festival

The Vaikathashtami Festival is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and is held during November or December at the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple.  This annual celebration held at the temple is a 12 day long affair, held during the dark lunar fortnight in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam.

The Ashtami falls on the last day, and at dusk, deities from neighbouring temples are brought in a ceremonial procession. All the deities are worshipped and offered presents, and then an Arattu is performed in a pond close to the temple. The festival also features various classical dances and cultural celebrations.

Uthralikavu Pooram

Uthralikkavu Pooram is a festival held at the Shri Rudhiramahakalikav temple, situated at Wadackanchery in Thrissur district. The temple’s annual Poornam festival is held during February / March every year.

As you can see, there is no dearth of festivities in Kerala. Do plan your next Kerala trip around the festival season, and join us in the celebration.

When you plan your Kerala tour package, do consult with your  tour operator. He will be able to guide you  and make arrangements to visit the right festival according to the season.

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Food on Houseboats, Kerala

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A cruise on the lush green Kerala backwaters is nothing short of a spiritual and rejuvenating sensation, not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. The alluring backwaters coupled with the picturesque flora flanking the either sides is a marked feast for the eyes and food for the soul. Add it up all up with the exquisite Kerala Cuisine, and the vacation would give you a hint of the ultimate nirvana that all aspire for.

A houseboat cruise on the Kerala backwaters, opens door to a cuisine enriched with exotic tropical fruits, vegetables, cereals, fish and chicken garnished with the distinctive aroma of pepper, cardamom, chillies, and cloves-spices. In short, a cuisine that’s simply divine!

The cuisine offers a blend of home style cooking with creative selections of savoury spices and robust ingredients in dishes that explode with flavour.

What makes it different?

In addition to the assortment of spices used to pep up the dishes, in Kerala, the utensil used for cooking determines the taste and nutrition of the dish as well. Terracotta, bamboo, brass, bronze, copper or leaves etc are used to bring the rich flavours onto your tastebuds.

What kind of cuisine does the Houseboats follow?

kappachakkakandhariKerala and Kerala houseboats in particular are famous for its reputation for good sea food. Of course, sea food anywhere is expensive but because of the proximity of the state to the seas and oceans, sea food tends to be cheaper in Kerala. But depending on your budget and liking, food served in Kerala houseboats can vary. However, most often the houseboat foods includes fish and vegetarian food because that is what is most often demanded by the customers. Houseboats also pride themselves on having a large tourist clientele from outside of the country, places such as the United States of America, and European countries such as Italy, Spain and France.

imagesOne of the most traditional drinks of Kerala is the coconut water which is sweet and is most often served as a welcoming drink to the passengers on board. Coconut water is also given to the same passengers in between meals and as beverages as and when the passenger demands. Breakfast in houseboats in Kerala mostly comprise of the quintessential south Indian foods such as idly, dosa, sambar, with hot tea or coffee. During lunch most of the times, the menu will include foods such as different kinds of fish fry and they are also accompanied with different kinds of chutneys, papad and different kinds of sweets. During most evenings in the house boats, the passengers are given tea and other snacks which may or may not be south Indian. They could be from different parts of the country depending upon the kind of Kerala house boat package you have chosen.

Food in houseboats also includes dinner which comprises mostly of the varied Indian cuisine like rotis, chapattis, dal, chicken curry made in the authentic Kerala style, and other kinds of vegetables. Most of the cooking and storage in the Kerala houseboats are dealt with utmost care and cleanliness. They take great care to ensure that the food is of high quality and the passengers have the best tastes of their lives.

An Approximate Sample Menu Onboard Houseboats

Deluxe Non Veg Menu

Welcome drink

LUNCH

Rice
Sambar
Mixed Vegetables Thoran (Carrot, Cabbage, Beans)
Mezhukupurathy (Long Beans)
Fish Fry (Pearl Spot / Seer Fish)
Banana Kalan
Pappadam
Salad
Pickle
Tropical seasonal fruit

EVENING

Coffee or Tea, Banana Fritters

DINNER

Chappati
Dal Curry
Chicken Roast
Vendakka Mezhukupurathy
White Rice and Raitha
Salad

BREAKFAST

Tea /Coffee
Bread, Jam, Butter, Omlette.  OR
Iddly, Sambar. (By default) OR
Dosa, Sambar. OR
Poori Masala. OR
Idiyappam and Kadala Curry / Egg Roast. OR
Appam and Vegetable Curry / Egg Roast. OR
Puttu and Kadala Curry

Deluxe Pure Veg Menu

Welcome drink

LUNCH

Rice
Sambar
Mixed Vegetables Thoran (Carrot, Cabbage, Beans)
Mezhukupurathy (Long Beans)
Banana Kalan
Pappadam
Salad
Pickle
Payasam-Vermicelli
Tropical seasonal fruit

EVENING

Coffee or Tea, Banana Fritters

DINNER

Chappati,
Dal Curry
Aloo Gobi
Cabbage White Thoran
Vegetable Salad
White Rice and Raitha
Vendakka Mezhukupurathy

BREAKFAST

Tea /Coffee
Bread, Jam, Butter.  OR
Iddly, Sambar. (By default) OR
Dosa, Sambar. OR
Poori Masala. OR
Idiyappam and Kadala Curry OR
Appam and Vegetable Curry  OR
Puttu and Kadala Curry

The menu usually varies according to customer preferences and the cruise owners often go out of the way to make sure that the travellers’ taste preferences are catered to, to a great extent.

Travel Tips – Kochi, Kerala

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If you want to get the best of the flavors of Kerala, then Kochi is the city that you would want to set your foot in first. Seasoned with all best ingredients of culture, progress, architecture, people and so on, Kochi is enriched with the cream of local and international history.

How can you reach Kochi:

Irrespective of whether you are an international tourist or a domestic traveller, Kochi is one of the most easily accessible city, of not just Kerala, but India as well.

By Air

Cochin/Kochi (Airport Code: COK,  http://www.cochinairport.com/   ) is an international airport, located 30kms north-east of the city, with regular flights to major cities in India.

cochin-international-airport-nedumbassery-airport.jpgAirlines operating from Cochin include Air Deccan, Air India, Air India Express, Air Sahara, Emirates, Go Air, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Mahan Air, Oman Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, SilkAir, SriLankan Airlines, Air Asia and Qatar Airways and so on, making it the fifth busiest airport in India.

The International and Domestic terminals are located right next to each other. The airport architecture embodies the traditional Kerala architectures. Prepaid taxis are available from the airport and can be booked from within the arrival.

The To and from Timings are given in the below link:

http://m.cial.aero/ToAndFromAirport

By Train

Kochi (and Ernakulam) has an extensive network of railways connecting its different districts as well as connecting it with the rest of India. There are three main railway stations in Cochin: Ernakulam Junction (main station), Ernakulam Town and Cochin Harbour Terminus. Many important trains start from here and many others from/to the south of Kerala stop at these stations.
Railway enquiry: Ernakulam Junction: +91 484 131; Ernakulam Town: +91 484 2390920/2395198; Cochin Harbour Terminus: +91 484 2666050
( find train information at : http://www.indianrail.gov.in/  )

By Road

Kochi prides itself on the vast network of roadways i.e. national/state highways and local roads link Kochi to rest of the country. Three important National Highways(NH) pass through/start from Kochi, apart from many state roads. NH 47 from Kanyakumari to Salem pass right through the heart of Kochi while NH 17 to Mumbai and NH 49 to Madurai (in Tamil Nadu) starts from Kochi. Private and public transport services are available to/from all major cities of South India from here. Long distance coach tickets to Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras), Bangalore, Coimbatore, etc. can be purchased from private coach operators operating from Jos Junction in the heart of the city.
http://www.ksrtc.in/

KSRTC enquiry: +91 484 2352033/2372033 – for state and inter-state public buses. 

BY Sea/Backwaters

Kochi has a magnificent all weather natural port that is used regulary by large cargo ships. Regular boat service to places like Kottayam, Kumarakom and Alleppey are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. The outlying islands that make up Cochin, like Vypeen, Mattancherry, Bolghatty, etc are connected to the mainland by regular public and private boats plying from the main boat jetty off Park Avenue and from the boat jetty near the High Court. Many cruises ships also currently berth and the Ernakulam Wharf, which is part of the Cochin Port located on Willingdon island.
Local Transport

Getting around Cochin is quite straightforward. Cheap and affordable private buses (bright red) will take you to most parts of the city, but they may not necessarily stop near a location of interest. Tickets must be bought on board. Short distances can be covered in an auto rickshaw. Taxis or reserved taxis are generally recommended for longer trips.

 

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Important Travel Tips:

What to wear

  • The best attire for a kochi/Kerala tour would be loose fitted modest clothes. There are basically two reasons why it is recommended ; the first being prevention from hurting the sentiments of the local people and second, to protect you from the weather conditions.
  • Places of worship holds a different decorum that varies between regions and religions as well as the code of a particular place. It is essential to respect the traditions and etiquettes of each place. Nudity, semi or full, is a strict no-no in these parts of the world.

General tips

  • The people here are generally friendly and helpful and the risk of personal threat is very minimal for a traveller in Kochi.
  • Like the rest of India, men here hold hands and walk arm and arm as a sign of a close friendship
  • Kochi is comparatively less conservative than the rest of Kerala but it stil stays true to its conservative culture for a larger part
  • Tipping is a common practice in Cochin city of Kerala. You need to be really savvy about these things if you are an outsider. You will meet a myriad of people once you set foot in Kochi expecting a tip from you, but in certain places like hotels and taxies, a service charge is already levied so make sure you don’t end up paying unnecessarily.
  • Ayurveda has its origins in Kerala and you haven’t seen it all unless you have experienced the wonders of ayurveda. At the same time it is important to verify the authenticity of the ayurvedic centers
  • Kerala cuisine can be spicy and unless you wish to be bombed with the heat, it is essential you clarify at hotel and restaurants that you require your food to be less hot.
  • November to March denotes the  peak tourism season in Kerala and hence the prices are higher. Thought he monsoon may seem appealing, getting around during the monsoon season is pretty tedious and in terms of houseboat, the safety and navigation becomes a hassle during this period.
  • People in Kerala communicate well; they understand English and Hindi and to a great extent can speak the languages as well, though not extremely fluently.
  • The police in Kerala are quite strict and stringent about abiding the rules and regulations of the land.
  • Kochi with all its traditions, is also filled with influx of the modern culture. There are every type of food joints ranging from dominoes, subways,McDonalds, pizza hut and so on.

For places to visit in Kerala, read more at:

http://blog.backwaterbreaks.com/2014/09/27/top-6-places-to-visit-in-kerala/

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Travelling in Alleppey- The Venice of the East

 

Alappuzha or better known as Alleppey, is the heart of Kerala’s backwaters, and home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. It is a small but chaotic city, with a modest grid of canals that would compel you to agree to its illustrious title ‘Venice of the East’ . The moment you take a step towards the west to the beach or in practically any other direction towards the backwaters, you would undoubtedly be blown away by its grandiose and picturesque greenery and the watery world of villages, punted canoes, toddy shops and, of course, houseboats. The best experience would prove to be floating along and gazing over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks. This is one of Kerala’s most spiritually rejuvenating and mesmerizingly beautiful relaxing experiences.

It’s easy to get around Alleppey on foot and one can come across many interesting old trading houses along the canals while taking a relaxed stroll down the quiet little streets, enjoying the relaxed pace of village life.

Among the several highlights of Alleppey, the most noteworthy one to point out would be the leisurely houseboat cruise through the enchanting backwaters engulfed in the entrancing landscape of palm-fringed banks, quiet water-bound villages, Chinese fishing nets, prawn farming and coir manufacture. Alleppey bowls one over with its labyrinth of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers crisscrossing it.

 

How to Reach Alleppey

Kerala is well connected by a network of roadways and waterways. Alleppey is one such city with well planned out transport systems, making it easily accessible to all those looking to uncover and enjoy its beauty and serenity.

By Air

Reaching Alappuzha by Air is the easiest and fastest means to reach the Venice of the East in Kerala. The nearest airports are the Thiruvananthapuram, 150 kilometers away; Kochi, 85 kilometers away; and Nedumbassery, which is equally close to Alleppey.

Traveling to Alappuzha by Air is hassle free and the tourists can also make a last minute booking in the online sites of the airlines. The tourists can fly down to Thiruvananthapuram Airport, which schedules regular domestic flights to this place. There are facilities of hiring cars near the airport terminals. Alleppey by Airways is also possible through the Nedumbassery Airport, which is only 85 km away from Alappuzha.

The visitors can also board flight to Kochi International Airport and reach by rail Allepey Station or take the roadways to Alapuzzha on NH47, which also connects Salem to
Kanyakumari. Alleppey by Air is the shortest and fastest route to the divine land of Kerela. Alappuzha is one of the most popular destinations for the tourists in south India.

By Train

Reaching Alleppey by train is easy from any part of India. Specially South India is very well connected to Alappuzha by regular trains. Any major city of South India or central India is connected by rail to Alleppey.

The visitors can board a train from the metropolitan cities and reach Alappuzha. The time required Traveling to Alleppey by train depends on the route of the train and the distance required to cover. Alappuzha railway station is a major station, which link every important city in India. This railway station is easily accessible throughout India. There are direct trains to Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam and also to further North from this station.

Alleppey by railways is very easy specially from cities like Kochi or Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, New Delhi, Chennai, Bengalooru or Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mumbai or Bombay and Kolkata. Alappuzha by train is a journey accompanied by serene landscape in the backdrop.

By Road

Reaching Alleppey by Road is a memorable journey surrounded by the greenery of Kerela. Alappuzha is well connected to all the major roads and highways not only in its own state but also to the rest of South India. The national highways connect Alleppey to the entire India.

Alappuzha is well-connected to almost all the major cities by road. Traveling to Alleppey by road is a pleasurable experience because of the surrounding atmosphere. The visitors can drive down to Alappuzha along the well connected road network transportation to all the major cities and towns of Kerala and the neighboring states.

Alleppey Changanacherry Road is one of the major roadway of the city, that starts in NH 47. This road directly connects Changanacherry from Alappuzha. It also connects Pallathuruthi Bridge and then leads towards other main places of Kerela. A number of interconnecting roadways to different parts of South India makes traveling to Alleppey by roadways very easy. National Highway 47 crosses Alappuzha. The visitors can reach Alleppey by road conveniently because the road conditions are good.

Alleppey Travel Tips

Journey to Alappuzha is exciting and involves being prepared to be swept off by the glistening backwaters and an absolutely fantastic green backdrop.

Alappuzha is a clean paradise and a storehouse of colorful marine life. The best time to visit Alleppey is during the months of August to December. Alappuzha is well connected to all the places of India by air, rail, road, and waterways. There are several tourist destinations in Alleppey like Pathiramanal, R-Block, Karumadikuttan, Kumarakodi, Krishnapuram Palace, Saradha Mandiram, Mavelikkara, Alappuzha Beach and Sea View park and many more.

Stay in house boats are lifetime experience in Alleppey. This is one of the most popular activities , that relax the visitors completely and erase all the stress of daily life. Some houseboats work in tandem with the ayurvedic centers of Kerala as well. Fishing, learning cooking in traditional methods, a walk through the villages in evening, shopping, strolling leisurely along the beaches etc are  some of the activities that can be taken up during the stay there.

The travelers should preferably  wear loose and comfortable clothes and carry torch, mosquito repellent, mobile chargers, and compulsorily sun tan creams. Carrying some necessary medicines is also a must keep in mind thing, not just for the backwaters trip but just about anywhere

Places to visit in Alleppey

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Shopping in Alleppey

Shopping in Alleppey for coir products is a fascinating and feasible experience. Alleppey is famous for its coir products and carpets. Alleppey offers glimpses of the coir manufacturing process-from the coconut husk tot the final rope/coir yarn stage. There are also several shops selling coir matting and carpets. The fine quality, variety and reasonable price tag make these products stay high in the demand list of tourists. Alleppey is also famous for its pepper, coconut oil, areca nut, cardamom, and sugar.

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