Alleppey fondly called the “Venice of the east” is the home of clear backwaters and picturesque landscapes. Many tourists treat Allepey as the most preferred budget honeymoon destination, thanks to its houseboats. Alleppey, which is said to be one of the cleanest towns in India according to the Swatch Bharat, will make you mesmerized with lush greenery and fresh air. To make your trip to Alleppey complete, it is recommended to book a houseboat where you can explore the beautiful Alleppey right at your comfortable seat. Therefore, today, we will explore the Alleppey Houseboats itinerary to make sure you get the best out of most of exploring Alleppey.
Best time to visit Alleppey
The winter months of November to February are the best time to explore the backwaters of Alleppey as not only you can experience its pleasant climate, but also it is a peak season for tourism. It is recommended to avoid visiting Alleppey in the summer months of March to May as the weather looks hot and it is a non-touristy season, which will not get your money,’s worth
How to reach Alleppey
Road: the nearest city to reach Alleppey is Kochi international airport with a 75 km drive from Cochin, which means it, takes 1.5 hours to reach Alleppey from Cochin.
If you think hiring a taxi is expensive, then you can travel by bus as Alleppey is well connected from the major south Indian cities like Bangalore, Kochi, and Trivandrum.
Rail: Alleppey is well connected with rail from the major cities in South India like Bangalore, Kochi, Coimbatore, and Madurai
Air: If you are coming to Alleppey via flight, then there are no flight options to reach Alleppey, the only way to reach Alleppey is getting down at Cochin Airport and take a taxi or bus to reach Alleppey.
Amazing facts about Alleppey Houseboats
The Houseboat is called Kettuvellam in Malayalam, which means “ Boat tied up with ropes”
The materials used to build houseboats are: Wooden Plank, Bamboo, Coir ropes and Cashew nut husk oil
Every houseboat has great interiors which makes you feel like you are in a 5-star hotel.
The houseboats have so much high loading capacity that it can withstand up to 150 people
It is believed that the food served in Houseboats is deliciously tasty, and is well enjoyed by the tourists. With Alleppey having clear waters, it is easy to catch freshwater fishes in the backwaters.
Houseboat tour itinerary
As mentioned, Alleppey is best explored through Alleppey houseboat packages, even though it is expensive, but you will have the advantage to see canals, villages and paddy fields. Here is an itinerary of Alleppey houseboat tour. Trust me, these houseboat itineraries are equipped with modern amenities like Premium AC, Kitchen and Bedroom This itinerary is also useful for the honeymoon couples who are looking for a pleasant trip in the Alleppey houseboats.
Boarding: Alleppey Punnamada Jetty
Boarding time: 12 pm
Deboarding time: 9 am
Day 1: Getting in the cruise at 12 pm
The first day is meant for check-in in the houseboat, the guests will be served with Welcome Drink, once the houseboat is ready to leave, and the houseboats will take you to some of the beautiful canals of Alleppey.
List of places to cover: Punnamada Kayal, where it is famous for hosting Nehru Boat Race. Post that, we will be visiting the small canals of SNDP and Irumbanam Thod and we will finally visit Munattumugam: where you can witness the three canals merging.
2 30pm: Post Lunch, we will be covering Alleppey’s beautiful villages of Kainakari Village Vennatukadu till 5 30 pm
5 30 pm: the Houseboat stops for an overnight stay, get down from the houseboat and take a stroll to experience the beautiful sunset view or Go for Fishing in the lake, which the houseboat provides Fishing rods
8 pm: Post Dinner, it is time to sleep or enjoy watching TV or listen to the music provided inside the Houseboat.
Day 2: Exploring Alleppey through its backwaters
Wake up with the Bed Tea and view the Sunrise straight from the Houseboat Window. Do take a morning walk to stretch yourself after having a good night’s sleep.
9 am Post Breakfast, The boat starts its journey and show you one of the biggest lakes of Alleppey, i.e. Vembanadu Lake, and explore the lagoons of Kainakary, Moottnatumukham Nedumudy
3 pm: Post lunch, the Cruise continues to take to the calm and serene places of Champakulam, Pullangadi Thodu, Thakazhi, and Karumadi
4 30pm: Coffee or Tea with snacks at Houseboat
5 pm: the houseboat stops for an overnight stay; you can take a walk and explore the villages or rest in the room with Ayurvedic Massage.
8 30pm: Dinner
Day 3: Checking out
8 am: Breakfast at Houseboat
8 am: the cruise leaves to reach back to the destination where you have started.
9 am Trip Complete, Check out in Houseboats in Alleppey.
So don’t be late, book your houseboat now.