Lord Curzon calls Alleppey the "Venice of the East". It is well-known for its beaches, backwaters and canals. The city offers more than just rustic Kerala backwaters or houseboats. For history lovers and art lovers, the temples and other ancient sites are a delight. You will fall in love with Alleppey, or Alappuzha if you want a relaxing vacation far from the crowd and surrounded by nature. We have listed the most popular places in Alleppey to help you plan an unforgettable getaway.

1. Alappuzha Beach, Alleppey

Alappuzha Beach, Alleppey

It is also known as Alleppey Beach. This picturesque beach is home to a 150-year-old pier that stretches into the ocean. Alappuzha beach hosts many festivals, including the popular Sand Art Festival. The beach is popular with those who enjoy a quiet moment, but it is also very popular with adventure-lovers. Parasailing and surfing are just a few of the many activities you can do on the beach.

2. Marari Beach, Alleppey

Marari Beach, Alleppey

Marari is a perfect spot for beach vacations, with its turquoise waters, golden sand and palm trees as a backdrop. National Geographic Survey named Marari beach one of the five best 'Hammock Beaches in the World. The beach is ideal for deep-sea fishing and parasailing.

3. Punnapra Beach, Alleppey

Punnapra Beach, Alleppey

Punnapra Beach, one of the most remote beaches in Alleppey is a peaceful getaway. Its beauty is enhanced by the pristine waters and the golden sand. Punnapra beach is the perfect place to relax on your Alleppey vacation. To rejuvenate your body and mind, we recommend the Ayurvedic Massage of Kerala at the beach.

4. Vembanad Lake, Alleppey

Vembanad Lake, Alleppey

Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India flows through several districts of Kerala. There are many names for it, including Vembanad Lake, Kochi Lake and Punnamada Lake. The lake's main attractions include Kettuvallams, which are houseboats. There are also many resorts along its banks.

5. Pathiramanal, Alleppey

Pathiramanal, Alleppey

Pathiramanal is a name that means "Sands of the Night". It is a small island in the lake of Lake Vembanad that can be used to observe birds. There are over 91 species of birds and 50 migratory species. You will be amazed at the number of rare birds that are found on the island.

6. Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Alleppey

Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Alleppey

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, also known as Dwarka South' is believed to have been built between 15th and 17th centuries AD. The temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna is one of the oldest shrines located in the region. Parthasarathi is the main deity of the temple. This is another name for Lord Krishna. The black granite idol has a conch (shankh), a whip in the right hand, and is made from black granite. It is a temple of traditional Kerala architecture. It is also famous for its unique Prasad- Pal Payasam, which is a rice and milk pudding.

7. Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple, Alleppey

Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple, Alleppey

The temple, also known as Mullakkal Bhagwati, is open to all faiths and religions. The temple's open-roof shrine, called "sanctum sanctorum", is a perfect example of Kerala-style architecture. The temple also has a small pond and an elephant shelter. Goddess Rajeshwari is the temple's presiding deity, along with other gods like Lord Hanuman or Lord Krishna.

8. St. Mary’s Forane Church, Alleppey

St. Mary’s Forane Church, Alleppey

With construction dating back to 427 AD, St. Mary’s Forane Church is amongst the oldest Syrian Catholic churches in the country. The rich history, architecture, and legacy of the church attract several tourists every day. The architecture of the church is a mix of Syrian and Portuguese designs. The church is believed to be the reason for the restoration of friendly relations between Jacobian Syrians and Catholics. The church is also famous for being home to 2500 families.

9. Karumadi, Alleppey

Karumadi, Alleppey

Karumadi, a small village, is known for its 3ft tall, half-broken statue of Lord Buddha. The left-hand side is missing. The black granite statue, believed to date back to the 11 th centuries, was found abandoned by a nearby stream and was recovered in the 1930s by Sir Robert Bristow, a British official. The statue is believed to have healing powers. Anyone who touches its feet will be healed.

10. Alleppey Lighthouse, Alleppey

Alleppey Lighthouse, Alleppey

Alleppey Lighthouse, one of the oldest structures of Kerala was also a marker for the busiest ports in the state. The tower was built in 1862 and was built during Marthanda Varma II's reign. You can spend hours admiring the 360-degree view from the lighthouse over the Arabian Ocean.