Summer may not be the ideal time to visit Alleppey or Alappuzha as it is locally known, but we can guarantee that the laid back and rustic life in the backwaters will take your breath away. If you’re comfortable with slightly higher temperatures, you’ll find that Alleppey has a ton of very cheap places you can stay.
If you’re on a tight budget but need a relaxing vacation, we can’t think of a better place to go than Alleppey. If you’re someone who loves a lot of activity, you’re out of luck. Alleppey is all about relaxing by the backwaters in a house boat, or taking a canoe out in the water to explore village life.
Alleppey has some lovely local markets that sell a lot of artisan wares. Towards June, Snake Boat racers begin their practise sessions, and make for a spectacular sight. If you’re looking to go off the beaten path, we highly recommend going down to Kakkathuruthu (Island of Crows), a lush green island in the middle of the backwaters.
If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay, we highly recommend Artpackers. Life and Wind’n’Waves, both great budget stays in Alleppey. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a house boat experience, head to the Punnamada area in town to find agencies that rent them out.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take a train or flight to Kochi. Alleppey is an hour’s drive from Kochi, and you can get from Kochi to Alappuzha by cab. You can also club your holiday with a visit to Munnar, which is four hours away.