Alleppey is a small city at the heart of the backwaters, a unique landscape of tropical lakes and canals interspersed with islands with rice fields and laid back villages. But Kuttanad region has many more beautiful locations to make you wonder…
A full day guided canoe tour through the most beautiful area of the backwaters, including local home made breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks. You will have the opportunity to venture into more secluded small canals and see closely the village life as well as walk on the islands full of rice fields. Canoe has a bamboo roof protecting from the sun. Boat capacity is 6 persons.
A half day cruise by a small, engine powered wooden boat with roof sailing through the most picturesque canals of Kuttanad and Vembanad lake. It is possible also to take a shikara boat for more or less hours paying per hour. Shikara boat can take you, upon request, to one of the eateries on the islands to taste the local specialties, such as fish karimeen or duck curry with appam, among others….
Boat capacity is 6 to 10 people.
Full day tour starting with morning visit to the local fish and vegetable market, the sea lantern for beautiful views on the beach line and the city, a walk in Alleppey old suburb with heritage houses and tiny artisanal shops along city canals. Later, after meal break, visit to the Museum and around dusk entry to the city main Hindu shrine Mullakal Temple for evening puja ( Please note humble all covering clothes are to be worn in temple premises ). Transport by rikshaw.
Half or full day excursion to the most beautiful beach in the region MARARIKULAM, 15 km from Alleppey, with large expands of white sand and coconut grooves, good for sunbathing and swimming. On the way visit of the coir artisans, where carpets and other items are hand made from coconut fiber, and Arthunkal church, the oldest church of the coast with parts of it dating back to 10th century. Travelling the coastal road taking you through idyllic countryside. By rikshaw or taxi as preferred.
Full day excursion to the most ancient and beautiful temples in the region- a testimony of rich Keralan culture, wood craft and architecture, and a tradition still very much alive. First a visit to Manarasala Temple, the oldest and biggest shrine dedicated to the snake deities. The chief priest of the temple has been a woman for many generations now. The relatively small shrine has also one of the few preserved kavus- portions of wild jungles where humans are not allowed to enter, leaving nature to itself. A walk inside the small ancient forest leads to a lovely pond full of turtles, which are believed to be Lord Vishnu himself. Not far away is another marvelous structure- the Subramanian Swami Temple, a classical rendition of a vast shrine with beautifully carved centre hall.
Next on the way will be the popular Sri Krishna Ambalappuzha Shrine, attracting many devotees with festive pujas.
Finally the tour ends with the Champakulam Church, a historical Christian church by the backwaters. From there the trip back to Alleppey across green rice fields of Kuttanad.
Meal can be taken in one of the locations in a recommended restaurant.