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Alappuzha, Alleppey, and the Kerala Backwaters are all one and the same area. Alleppey is the main town with all of the local buses running in and out of the hub here to other areas of Kerala. Alleppey is also the gateway to the Kerala Backwaters area. The best time of year to visit this area is during the dry season and toward the end of the dry season before the monsoon hits as once the water starts it rises so high that many of the families have to evacuate the riverbank areas.
The biggest thing to do in this area is to take a boat ride down the river and observe the daily living of the people here. You can watch them fish in the river, tend to the rice paddy fields over the other side of the break, wash clothes in the river, and gather and prepare foods. There are homestays along this area so that you can spend the night with a family and enjoy some traditional home cooked meals from the area that utilize a lot of the coconut and rice that are about in abundance.
The locals may even teach you about the local flora and fauna and how they use much of it in their everyday lives. If you area with a group and have the luxury of a bigger boat, they also have houseboat cruises down the river which offer up a bit of luxury. If heading into the river area, keep in mind that there aren't really any shops so you will need to take all your supplies from Alleppey with you when you are coming to stay at an Alappuzha hostel. Otherwise, enjoy! The Kerala Backwaters region is a stunning area of this country and not to be missed!
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"Fantastic - My wife and I arrived at The Brown after an initial two-hour nightmare in Alleppey. We arrived late at night and our first taxi driver tried to scam us and put us up in a dodgy hotel for his own little tidy profit. After escaping the over populated, rat infested, filthy hotel we arrived at The Brown (Halleluiah). Our host Mathew Brown immediately made us feel at ease, his honesty, warm and hospitable nature was just what we...
Vedanta Wake up – Alleppey
"EXCELLENT - We checked in for one night at Vedanta, in a private room. The service we got from the manager, Hari was great. He made sure we had all we needed and even helped us arrange a night out on the backwaters. We checked in late at night and he was happy to help us get dinner, drinks nearby. Our room was clean and comfortable. The ambiance was great, with a central table where guests can share stories, experiences, meals. The jetty...
Paradise Inn Guest House
"… and serine on a calm atmosphere This beautiful guest house fronting the village ,and commanding a relax and serine quintessential Kerala. Paradise inn yoga retreat offers basic modern comforts at easily affordable rates .The architecture, furnishings, and cuisine. Everything in this guesthouse is a reflection of what is best in the Kerala lifestyle. Drink your morning coffee out on the balcony or inside your room, all having...
The Wind n' Waves Alleppey Beach Stay
"… a memorable tryst with the many natural charms that a beach resort has on offer. Enthralling experiences that will unfold the many endearing facets of alleppey and the kuttanadu region; house boat and shikara cruises, local village tours, cycling through trails in the countryside, canoe trip through villages etc. Property Policy and Conditions: 1. Check in Time: after 12:00 2. Check out Time: before 12:00 3. Cash payment only...
Dona House Boats
"… modern amenities, luxuries and facilities. Cruise through the lake, canals and rivers and experience the local flavour of rural India and take home long lasting memories. Canoeing down the narrow canals proves an exillarating experience for the descerning, adventure seeking traveller. Luxury Rooms Premium Rooms Deluxe Rooms All the rooms are double or twin sharing basis. An extra bed can be provided. All the rooms are...
Lake & Paddy Resort
"… Paddy currently offers large, clean comfortable rooms with all having bathrooms and ceiling fans attached. Two rooms at the back have verandahs with hammocks that overlook the surrounding rice paddies. We have free wifi and computer access available at all times for your convenience. During your stay if you wish, staff can help make any travel arrangements for you such as; houseboat rental, car rental, canoe tours or any other...
River Side Retret
"… culture & way of living God’s Own Land, Kerala in India, promises to be every tourist's dream place. This eternal paradise of tourism, peace and tranquility, is blessed with vast fertile plains, tropical forests, breathtaking beaches, amazing backwaters and numerous shimmering rivers. No other state in india is so much blessed with breathtaking beauty and myriad features other than Kerala. This 560 km long narrow stretch of most...
"Heritage Haven homestay is a 140 year old wooden building rebuilt four years ago. The homestay is situated in a peaceful and Marari Beach. Marari Beach is an endless-golden-sands, usually touted for their peace and quiet. Marari beach is shallow, calm and is ideal for swimming & sunbathing. Enjoy a game of beach volley & take a dip in the sea. One could really feel the warmth of the golden rays of sunset infront." … "… Marari...
"… take you anywhere in the region and if you wish, Natasha will guide you around and tell you many fascinating stories about her beloved India. Awaiting you... It is a homestay of unique standard at the heart of the backwaters. Artistic, extra clean and comfortable rooms with breakfast at a very fair price. Settled in a quiet green lane of suburban Allepey, just a minute away from the canals, but at an easy reach of the center, it...
"… desk, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep. In some of the rooms, guests can find internet access - wireless (complimentary), internet access - wireless, air conditioning, balcony/terrace, desk. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's...
"… to order or Puttu Set with Banana, pappad and curry On advance request we serve dosa / idli / puttu or any other Kerala specialties for break fast / lunch or dinner. 5. Mosquitoes and flies (insects) in the back waters is a natural partners to the human beings. The presence of mosquitoes, flies, small insects cannot be 100% eliminated as excessive usage of poison gases, sprays will be hazardous...
Backwater Homestay Adenz
"12 km south east of Alleppey town 4 km east of ambalapuzha temple 4km west of champakulam church" … "… in Kerala. We proudly announce that the only Saint in India, ST. ALPHONSA belongs to this family. Meppuram is a division of Pakalomattom family. We had a great history in Kuttanadu from 5th Century.We have many farms of Coconut, Paddy and Banana. As an ancient Christian family in kuttanadu, Kerala we are authentic to...
Funky Art Beach House
"- Free internet with Wifi and PC available - Rooms with sea view, non-A/C rooms with ceiling fan - Spacious roof top with view of the ocean We can do a barbecue with chicken and fish on request - Garden with pets (cats) - We have our own house boat with Green Palm Certificated and eco friendly canoeing tour - Young and friendly hosts who speak English well - Laundry service - 24/24h security" … "… Bus Station...
"… the mode of transport in the early times from the isolated interior villages to the towns. But these boat services have been laid off with the developments taken place in the transport services in the recent past. Today these giant 80-foot long crafts have been adapted into luxuriously furnished houseboats. A Kettuvallam usually has one or two bath attached rooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising two oarsmen...
Marari Beach Villas
"The 2.5-star Marari Beach Villas offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Alleppey. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Marari Beach Villas. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer blackout curtains, desk, daily newspaper, balcony/terrace, shower to ensure a restful night. Take a break from a long day...
Vrindavanam Heritage Home
"… spacious guest rooms and expansive options for dining, from Pan Asian to delectable Kerala cuisines, Vrindavanam Heritage Home promises an exemplary experience with a plethora of recreational tour packages for you and your family so that the fun never stops. Beautiful and exotic a place is Kerala, best known for its sun-kissed beaches, serene blue seas and lush greenery which has been very well maintained; you find a reflection of...
The Dream Heaven
"… drive to the train station. The property is with good locaiton and is very easy to find. All five bath attached rooms are with mosquito nets, fan, shower and free wifi. Breakfast is on request with extra cost. There is a common area where guests can meet all the other backpackers and share the travel experiences. There are upstairs rooms with balcony and the property organizes all kinds of backwater tours at affordable rates with...
"A place of happening in backwaters away from the rush a place to relax and enjoy make your holidays so wonderful the pulse of village make it more relaxed a perfect place for back packers.lemon dew is walking distance from the bus station also from mata jetty. We provide 24 hours service to our customers.free pick up from bus stand also from the railway station.we have 7 triple bedrooms and 7 double bedrooms.lemondew organise all kind of...
Sree Valsam Inn Lake Front Villa
"… including cycling and fishing. The property offers free parking. Property Policy and Conditions: 1. Check in Time: after 12:00 noon 2. Check out Time: before 11:00 am 3. The property is with 24-hour front desk. 4. Cash payment only upon check in at the property. 5. At least 24 hours in advance notice for free cancellation. 6. The taxes are not included. 12% taxes need to be paid upon arrival. 7. Breakfast is available...
Breezeland Holiday Home
"… experience for you. This village offers you an ideal getaway from your everyday tensions. You can spend a perfectly relaxed holiday at this village in the lap of greenery and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.The visitors are taken on a tour around the village Some of Keralas most interesting features can be seen during these tours.We look forward to welcoming you at Breezeland holiday home. Features of Breezeland Holiday...
Pozhiyoram Beach Resort
"… is build on a concept as a fisher man's village were guests has the opportunity to see local fisher man working in traditional Kerala ways. The Resort offers eight cottages built in Traditional Kerala Architecture.Its ethnic Ambience blends with modern facilities and the few cottages have garden bath rooms which are a speciliaty of their own.The best part of our resort is, we have a private beach and it is ideal for Honeymooners...
"… back old world charm. Comfortable en-suite bedrooms offer warm hospitality and excellent food. Guests have exclusive use of the comfortably furnished sitting room with its beamed ceiling and wooden antique furniture, and guests own private entrance. Motty's home has two bedrooms, one double, and one twin /double, both with en-suite bathrooms, The rooms are well appointed and tastefully decorated .Each has a private entry from...
Ashtamudi Home Stay
"Set in the vibrant town of Alappuzha which is the centre for adventures into the Backwaters of Kerala. Ashtamudi Home Stay is a welcoming and peaceful place with friendly English speaking staff. The rooms, although fitted with modern conviniences such as cable TV and air conditioning, are styled in the Keralan tradition, echoing the look and feel of the backwater houseboats. Internet access and non-profit tourist information help to make...
Mappilassery Mansion Heritage Homestay
"… duck farmers rearing their ducks in the paddy field after harvest.Moreover the hospitality and service provided by the host makes u really feel at home away from home.<< Services >>- Countryboat ride in the backwaters of Alleppey- Motorboat trip in Alleppy backwaters of Alleppey- Coirmill visit in Alleppey- Cooking demonstrations on prior request- Visiting local and ancient churches and temples in and around Alleppy-...
"Akkarakkalam Memoirs is a exotic farmhouse presented as an excellent souvenir of the ancient Akkarakkalam family in Alleppey district with a tradition of 150 years.the property is on the bank of the world famous backwaters of alleppey.It is located 10km away from the alleppey town. The property is situated in the kainakary village of alleppey,here you can see more of village life and the backwaters.you can do fishing ,swimming in the lake...
Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort
"… Other facilities include a fully equipped business center, conference room, a multi-cuisine coffee shop Citrus Caf, as well as an Ayurveda spa center and an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the lake to keep you feeling fresh-as-a-lemon. Check in : 02:00 pm Check out : 12:00 noon Unlike most hotels in the backwaters, we guarantee a close-up view of the lake from all our rooms. The resort is located at the very edge of...
Dazzle Dew Resort
"Dazzle dew Heritage holiday resort has two traditional Kerala house (Tharavadu) offering four bed rooms and all amenities. Houses mostly brick and wooden built with antique doors and furniture. Each cottage has two air-conditioned rooms with a verandah. The Bathrooms are open-roofed similar to those in the homes of old Kerala with ultra modern plumbing of course, and hot-and-cold running water too. You can shower under the sheltering...
"… Cosy Regency for budget accomodation with bed and breakfast. For the convenience of tourist and travellers, we extended our service by setting up a new Homestay having the unique touch in their appearance and comfort. Our Regency offers 09 Centrally Air conditioned,well decorated and attractively equipped guest rooms. 09 Rooms of Cosy Regency have been divided into Deluxe Cateogy which is again sub divided into A/C and Non A/C. All...
Lake Paradise Backwater Front Resort
"… can accommodate a total of 15 people ensuring personal service and attention to detail. The owner takes pleasure in organizing a variety of activities for his guests including fishing, swimming, kayaking and village walks. These activities are all Eco-friendly as the resort adopts a strict green policy. TOURS AND TRAVELS We provide assistance in arranging local tours and visits to nearby tourist attractions so that guests can take...
"Vaishnav Houseboat is a popular choice amongst travelers in Alleppey, whether exploring or just passing through. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleep. Facilities like 24-hour room service, car park, room service, tours, laundry service are readily available for you to enjoy. Wake-up service, air conditioning, balcony/terrace, mini bar, desk can be found in selected guestrooms....
BambooStix Backpacker Resort
"Near Punnamada, its on the opposite side of the lake Vembanad.15min travel by our motor boat or 30 min travel by foot through the narrow channel beside the lake" … "We believe if this resort was owned by a hotel chain, you would have to budget between INR 4,000 to 7,000 for your accommodation alone. Our inspiration is to create a fun environment for the young, adventure traveler with a low budget and so we...
"… family. The building showcase the finest features of traditional Kerala architecture incorporating modern facilities.Home stay has 3 Deluxe A/c rooms and 2 non A/c rooms, fully furnished with attached bathrooms, WC, and 24hr hot and cold water supply.Every room has a TV set. There is a spacious drawing room and a common dining area.Venice castle offers telephone services and round the clock internet connectivity. Laundry management,...
"… neat and tidy. Guests can relish the ethnic cuisine which offers a vide variety of delicacies suiting any palate. Continental cuisine is also available on demand. There is a small but well organized library with western fiction as the main theme. The nice little Ayurvedic centre attached to the home is another unique feature of Snehadhara. The Ayurvedic spa manned by qualified and experienced staff offers wellness...
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