The Venice of the East


Land and water merge often here in Alleppey as roads disappear during the monsoon, when motorists go confidently simply out of familiarity with no GPS in sight. Unwind in a houseboat here that will be as lazy as you want it to be and venture out to a palace or temple near-by to take in the greenery on the pretext of light physical exertion.

Come from or Go to...

  • A Hundred Thousand Islands

    'Lakshadweep' literally means a 'hundred thousand islands', which is teeming with life and home to India's coral reefs. Relax at the laid-back islands with the fisher folk who are at the beaches watching homeward bound boats at sea.

  • Fusion culture by the sea

    The fishing nets that hang above the seashore in Fort Cochin are an iconic sight, but there is much more to explore in this ancient colonial city.

  • High Tea in Munnar

    Munnar is the meeting place of the Nallthanni and Kundale stream that pour out into the Muthirapuzha River, which cascades out of the hills to join the Periyar. Visit the High range areas, tea estates and beautiful resorts of Munnar and enjoy the climate and the spices.

  • Kayaking the Lagoons

    Kayak your way into the lagoons of Kerala's largest lake to spot Egrets, Darters, Drongos and more plumage in the nearby Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary. Glide through a maze of canals and palm lined coasts into tiny villages as the sun sets and the birds head back to their nests.

  • Lagoons and Lakes

    Placid waters, languor and soothing views everywhere in Kumarakom is muse enough for poetry. Write, relax or wallow in the serene waters in a little canoe or a luxury houseboat, try fishing, kayaking or birdwatching and explore the village way of life here.

  • The New Goa

    Here is the grandest views of the Arabian sea with a backdrop of red cliffs with jagged edges that watch the beach that has long remained undiscovered by tourists. Discover Varkala, which has a couple of luxury resorts today and an unparalleled calm that was once a Goan experience.

  • The Venice of the East

    Land and water merge often here in Alleppey as roads disappear during the monsoon, when motorists go confidently simply out of familiarity with no GPS in sight. Unwind in a houseboat here that will be as lazy as you want it to be and venture out to a palace or temple near-by to take in the greenery on the pretext of light physical exertion.

  • Tiger Tiger - tracking tigers in Periyar

    The wardens estimate that 40 wild tigers inhabit the jungle sanctuary in the Western Ghats. Visitors very very rarely see them in this remotest of their ranges.

  • Wildlife and Spices

    Spot wild elephants roam free in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Thekkady with misty hills and wild wooded areas. Come dawn or dusk silhouettes can play tricks on the mind in the form of wildlife like the tiger, gaur and even a lonely rogue tusker out to prove its might. This is how the world may have been if humans were not around!

Hotels We Like

  • Olavipe Homestay

    The Olavipe Homestay is a must-do to end your Kerala journey in its most authentic form. Stay at a 100 year old house with a family that traces its history back to several decades with tales that could make a good best-seller. You get to enjoy village life in the backwater haven that is Alapuzha.

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