Best Things To Do In Alappuzha, India

things to do in alappuzha india
| 4 min read

Alappuzha, which is also known as Alleppey, is a city in the state of Kerala. It is situated in the southern Indian region, on the Laccadive Sea. Did you know that Alappuzha Beach is the site of the Alappuzha Lighthouse, which is from the 19th-century. The attractions in Alappuzha are the construction and unique designs of the temples, which are very traditional, as well as houseboat cruises. Alappuzha is also called “Venice of the East.” Alleppey is also known as the cultural hub of Kerala. Alappuzha is blessed with a natural flora and fauna along with backwaters that make it rich.

Get ready! Let’s explore this beautiful place…

1. Alleppey Beach

Alleppey beach
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mohanrangaphotogr... used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Alleppey Beach is known as one of the best beaches in the Kerala. This is the perfect place to spend time by yourself, to relax on a quiet and fine evening. People generally come here to watch the frolicking dolphins so if you are lucky, you can have the chance to watch dolphins here. Alleppey Beach has its intrinsic natural beauty. It is a treat to have the view of the water of the Arabian Sea from the sandy shore. Keep in mind that the water is not safe for swimming, especially during the monsoon season. An ancient houseboat and a beautiful garden make this place famous as a picnic point.

Alleppey Beach

Address: Alappuzha Beach, Kerala

Visited this place?

2. Ambalapuzha Temple

Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Vinayaraj used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Ambalapuzha is a Sree Krishna Temple in Alleppey. It is a famous and religious temple for worshippers of the Hindu Lord Krishna. This temple is located 14 km (8.7 mi) south of Alleppey. The temple was built from 15 – 17 AD by the ruler of Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran. Actually, during the raids of the Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Shree Krishna was brought here from elsewhere to keep it safe. The Ambalapuzha Temple is often referred to as the Dwaraka of the South. The temple is also famous for its sweet pambalapuzha, a type of sweet porridge made up of sugar, milk, and rice, which is very special at this temple.

Ambalapuzha Temple

Address: SH 12, Ambalapuzha, Kerala

Visited this place?

3. St. Andrew's Church in Arthunkal

St.Andrews Forane Church Arthunkal 2013 03
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Sivavkm used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The most impressive shrine is dedicated to the St. Andrew’s Church in Arthunkal. This important Christian pilgrimage center is situated in Alappuzha. Every year in January, the church holds a massive festival with a procession, which attracts tourists to visit the church. This annual feast is ten days long. St. Andrew’s Church is about 21 km (13 mi) away from Ambalapuzha Temple.

Arthunkal Church

Address: Near, Church Road, Cherthala South, Kerala

Website: Arthunkal Church

Visited this place?

4. See the Alappuzha Lighthouse

Alleppey/Alappuzha Lighthouse
Source: Photo by user Avinash Singh used under CC BY 2.0

Let’s go visit down the historic lanes of Alleppey. The lighthouse is one beautiful site that is situated on the Alleppey Beach. This landmark shows the maritime history of India. The feeling here is its pretty and quaint because of the lighthouse, which gives creates beautiful views for capturing an excellent photo. One more interesting thing to see near the lighthouse is the 137 year old pier that still extends into the sea.

Alappuzha Lighthouse

Address: CCSB Rd, Civil Station Ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688012, India

Visited this place?

5. Shopping at Alleppey’s famous markets

Don’t think of completing your Alleppey tour without visiting Alleppey’s famous market, Alappuzha Zakariya Market. Friends and family at home would love a South Indian bauble, jewelry, or a traditional handicraft from Alleppey as a souvenir. If you are good at bargaining, then you might be able to get the lowest prices in South India here. Maritime products are also sold at the Alappuzha Zakariya Market.

Shopping at Alleppey's famous markets

Website: Shopping at Alleppey’s famous markets

Visited this place?

6. Karumadi Kuttan Statue

Karumadikkuttan at karumadi, Alappuzha
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Vinayaraj used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Visit the Karumadi Kuttan Statue, which is situated near Alleppey in Karumadi Village. This place shows the remains of Kerala’s glorious past as a Buddhist center. The statue dates back to the 10th century AD. It is a huge and black granite statue of Lord Buddha.

Karumadi Kuttan Statue

Website: Karumadi Kuttan Statue

Visited this place?

7. Swimming at Pozhiyoram Beach

Our's is a small coastal village area in Alleppey, Kerala. This village has a beautiful beach which Welcomes you Day/ Night and happy we have it right infront....!!! Come, Enjoy feel the Pleasure....!!!

Posted by Pozhiyoram Beach Resort, Alappuzha on Friday, 14 August 2015

Pozhiyoram Beach is small but a beautiful place to spend time with your loved one or alone, too! You can reach this place by a simple rickshaw ride from the main town. If you are lucky and make it to the beach in time for sunset, you are in for a treat. When the orangish red sun melts down in the cold water ocean, you’ll certainly capture some impressive photos. It is also amazing to swim during this rare scene.

Swimming at Pozhiyoram Beach

Address: Jry Road Thumpoly, Poomkavu, Alappuzha, Kerala

Website: Swimming at Pozhiyoram beach

Visited this place?

8. Rejuvenate with Ayurvedic spa treatments

IT'S FRIDAY!! Yay! We love our clients so much that we are coming up with new ideas to show you guys our appreciation....

Posted by Rejuvenate Spas on Friday, 24 June 2016

Keraleeyam is one of the best resorts in Alappuzha. The spa facilities here offer the best Ayurvedic treatments for chronic illnesses. Isn’t it exciting to go to the spa? You will be guaranteed the ultimate rejuvenation and relaxation experiences in the lap of nature in Alappuzha.

Rejuvenate with Ayurvedic Spa Treatments at Karaleeyam

Website: Karaleeyam

Visited this place?

9. Bird watching

Arrival at Rest Stop Bird in Alleppey Kerala India
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Sumeet Jain used under CC BY-SA 2.0

The most elegant and rarest migratory birds on Earth pass through Alappuzha, so photographers can bring along their big lenses because these birds are always ready to pose! White Throated Kingfishers, Asian Palm Swift, White Breasted Waterhen, Black Drongo, White Throated Kingfishers, and many other rare birds can be seen in Alappuzha. Kerala Kayaking provides the best services, with the packages for bird watching and photography. Bird watching tours will take place on Pathiramanal, a large lake with an island in the center near Alappuzha.

Bird Watching

Website: Bird Watching

Visited this place?

10. Kuttanad

A view of Kuttanad..കുട്ടനാട്, ഒരു ദൃശ്യം
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Reji Jacob used under CC BY-SA 3.0

In simple terms, Kuttanad is called a rice bowl of India. This is a major rice paddy area in Kerala and tourists can visit Kuttanad to see rice cultivation in action. In this area, you can explore the local villages, enjoy birdwatching, or simply marvel at the rice fields surrounded by coconut trees and other lush vegetation.


Website: Kuttanand

Visited this place?

11. Cruise the backwaters in a houseboat

Houseboat in Alleppey (6917478364)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Saad Faruque used under CC BY-SA 2.0

In Alleppey, you can take a cruise around the backwaters in a houseboat. You won’t be able to forget the day if you plan a backwaters cruise. The backwaters are small and narrow canals that lead through paddy fields. Alappuzah Houseboats, Kerala and ATDC Alleppey are the most well-known places to take your loved one for the date. Here, actually, the houseboats are floating resorts!

Cruise the backwaters in a houseboat

Website: Alleppey Houseboat

Visited this place?

12. Marari Beach

Marari Beach Sunset 01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mahendra M used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The place is situated almost 11 km (6.8 mi) away from Alleppey. Here you can come to rejuvenate yourself with Ayurvedic spa treatments as this place is highly known for its stylish beach resorts and Ayurvedic centers.

Marari Beach

Address: Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam- Thoppumpady Rd, Mararikulam, Alappuzha, Kerala

Website: Marari Beach

Visited this place?

Journey to the beautiful Alappuzha

The trip to Alleppey, or Alappuzha, India is rich with flora and fauna. The cuisine is very tasty, delicious, and easy to afford here as well. Enjoy tasty seafood in a beautiful place while on a houseboat or after enjoying Ayurvedic spa treatments.

Visited this place?
Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.


Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our Privacy Policy for more information on how we use your data

Hailing from India, Heena explores the world through information and people's preferences. She sees beauty in every place and excels as a storyteller and expressive writer. Moreover she is an...Read more

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Alappuzha
Good things are meant to be shared!
Back to top
Visited any of these places? Click this button to activate our "Add a Tip" feature to share your experience.