Special Places to Stay in Allapuzha
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Emerald Isle ($)
A wonderful old heritage home on Kerala's backwaters with a very hospitable young host who believes passionately in preserving his family's traditions.
Akkarakalam Memoirs ($)
At Akkarakalam Memoirs, a strip of lawn is all that separates you from the water. This beautiful bungalow is found amongst Kerala's backwaters,
Raheem Residency ($$)
This is a rare example of an exquisitely restored heritage building which balances modern comforts with gracious living.
Kettuvallam (Houseboat) ($$)
One of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in India is to cruise through the backwaters in a Kerala houseboat, known as a kettuvallam.
Taamara (the lotus) is a premium homestay beautifully located on the backwaters just north of Allapuzha. The home has two chic cottages that share a wonderful deck overlooking the Vembanad Lake. An ideal place to read and relax.
Privacy at Sanctuary Bay ($$$)
Another small gem from the Malabar House family of Kochi, Privacy sits on the banks of the vast Vembanad Lake.
Things to see and do in Allapuzha
Exploring the backwaters
One of India's most beautiful landscapes, the backwaters of Kerala are a vast interconnected network of canals, rivers, lagoons and lakes. An important transportation network for the fishing, spice and rice industries, the backwaters are also home to large communities of villages whose lives revolve around the waters, and exploring them is a highlight of a visit to this most attractive of Indian states. The best way to explore these interweaving waterways is by a traditional houseboat. An over-night stay, with comfortable accommodation on the boat, and a truly Kerala-style dinner is the best way to experience a slice of Gods own country!
Snake Boat Races
For a few months every year during the monsoon season, the state of Kerala comes alive with colorful snake boat races. Four main snake boat races (and as many as 15 minor ones) are held each year, in and around Alleppey, the exact dates varying each year depending on the phase of the moon. The exception is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, which is always held on the second Saturday of August.