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Alappuzha Beach

About Alappuzha Beach
Why is Alappuzha referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’? It is fondly called so because of the labyrinthine network of backwaters, lakes, canals and bridges that make it look like Venice and make it a wonderful holiday destination. Among all the beaches in Kerala and even in southern India, Alappuzha beach has its own unique place. Positioned between the Arabian Sea and Punnamada Backwaters, the beach was once a flourished port as well as the entranceway to the state of Kerala. It was Raja Kesava Das, the Deewan of Travancore, who constructed the port during the 18th century. Though Alappuzha is a sleepy little town, it has hugely contributed to the promotion of state tourism in Kerala. Today, holidaymakers and beach lovers flock to Alappuzha round the year for a travel experience which is second to none.

Activities to do in Alappuzha
Previously known as Alleppey beach, Alappuzha features a number of recreational and light adventure activities to indulge in. Whether you wish to spend some quality moments with your family and friends or are willing to enjoy a wide range of water sports, Alappuzha welcomes one and all. While you are enjoying your holidays in Alappuzha, do not forget to enjoy scenic cruises and experience the all encompassing houseboat rides.

Water scooters and speed boats are available at the beach to soak up the charm of indulging in water sports. Take a ride and be ready to feast your eyes on some of the most scenic wonders of Kerala. Beach volleyball is also a good option to enjoy your time at the Alappuzha beach. Make sure you have a guide along while enjoying water sports.

What about interacting with sailors on the beach? Yes, you can meet with them, request a boat ride them and even watch them catch fish in the sea waters.

Tourist Attractions
The biggest draw for travelers at Alappuzha beach is an ancient pier which dates back to 1862. The pier measures 1000 ft extending into the Arabian Sea. Built by Captain Huge Crawford, the pier at one time provided protection to ships that arrived here.

Another must see sight is the Lighthouse that stands testimony to the glory of the bygone eras. Though entry here is quite limited, a visit to the Lighthouse will remind of a laid back era when ferries arrived in the darkness of the night.

If you are traveling with family and kids, you can head straight to the Vijay Beach Park positioned on the Alappuzha beach itself. Run and maintained by the District Promotion Council, the park offers a number of fun activities for kids to enjoy.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Alappuzha is something you can never afford to miss. During this gala racing occasion, not only locals from all across the state but tourists also gather to enjoy the wonderful sight. The occasion also reflects the true spirit of Keralaites.

Reach the Beach
Take a flight to the Kochi Airport (Nedumbassery) and then cover a road distance of 90 km by a cab. If you want to catch a bus, you can reach Alappuzha’s KSRTC Bus Stand. The bus stop is at 5 km from the railway station and has regular services to Ernakulam, Kottayam, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.