Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is an important and well visited tourist destination of South India. The Backwaters are the most popular attraction witch can be cruised in a houseboat. Every second Saturday of August, you can witness the most competitive and populair boat races in India here, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.
As told in the Ooty travel story, one of the reasons we came there was because of the trainride from Ooty to Mettupalayam. This ride is done in the Nilgiri Toy Train, which actually looks like a toy train. We read people had difficulties getting tickets for this trainride and the woman behind the counter confirmed that we were really lucky that they still had some empty seats one day before departure. Normally you need to book 4 months in advance (40 Rupees p.p.).
The train left at 2 pm and took us through some beautiful scenery. We were lucky we were in a cart with people that got out earlier, so we had lots of space. The train stops at a few points to let the engine cool off and so people can take pictures. We arrived in Mettupalayam around 5.45 pm and it was only 5 minutes by foot go get to the Mettupalayam bus station. The bus left at 6 pm, and we arrived in Coimbatore around 7.30 pm (14 Rupees p.p.). We got out at the Gandhipuram Bus station and walked to our hotel.
We stayed the night at The Ess Paradise, nothing fancy but good enough for 1 night, and the next day we left at 7 am. We somehow found a pick up car that brought us to the Intercity Bus stand to the outside of Coimbatore where we got picked up by a AC bus who brought us to Kochi for 550 Rupees pp. There, we changed busses at the Vyttila Bus Stand (platform nr. 2) and for 55 Rupees pp it brought us towards Marari Beach, we jumped off near the beach and tuktuked our last 3 km to our stay.
We stayed at Marari Beach which is 14 km outside Alleppey city. The name of our private hideaway was A Beach Symphony and it was great! It’s a small resort with 4 bungalows where relaxation has become an art. The bungalows feel really private because you are surrounded by lushful green. The inside is spacious, has everything you need including a really comfortable bed and a great bathroom.
Besides the lovely inside, each bungalow has a wonderful patio where you can lay down on the bed, relax in one of the chairs or enjoy your breakfast/lunch/diner which are served there and specially prepared for you. Each morning, the chefs comes to discuss the meals and you can tell him your preferences.
It’s only a short stroll away from the beach and for those who don’t really like salt and sand, there is a nice pool to cool off from the hot Indian days.
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If you are traveling to Alleppey and want to experience some time at the backwaters, the same owners have the most fantastic accommodation with 2 rooms. Vismaya is a 400 year old lake house (totally renovated) that is totally private and has the best view overlooking the Vembanad Lake. The pool and the enormous garden are the finishing touches to this wonderful property.
Alleppey is known as the start for many backwater tours. The whole city is packed with boats who are willing to show you the beautiful surroundings the backwaters has to offer, from just a 1 hour tour to an overnight boat cruise. There is something for everybody. You can also choose to the lovely Marari Beach or visit the boat races in August.
What did we do? Not really that much actually. We enjoyed the luxury that our accommodation had to offer.