Alappuzha being a water world gives immense opportunities for nature lovers and these are top 10 activities that you must try
1. Houseboat Experience
Needless to say, a houseboat experience is a must if you are in Alappuzha. The virgin and verdant landscapes and waterscapes will overwhelm you. Living on a floating hotel that moves on a lake is a rare experience that you shouldn’t miss at all. You can check out our blog on the Kerala Houseboat Tour Experience to know in detail about this exclusive journey.
2. Kayaking or Canoeing
When on the backwaters, it is impossible to go into all the beautiful locations on a houseboat or even by a motorboat or shikara. The best way to experience the hidden treasures is to go kayaking or go canoeing through the narrow canals and waterways of Alappuzha.
What a better way to relax on the backwaters than fishing by putting your feet in water by the edges of the lake with fishing rods that are native to the land or with angling rods for the professionals. For the lazier ones you can just sit by the banks and watch the local fishermen use their deft hands for the catch.
4. Village Walk
Life on the backwaters is absolutely stunning. It’s a revelation of kinds to know how a harmonious mix of religions and strata of people live around these endless water bodies. A walk through unpolluted fresh air is enough to strengthen your lungs. Add scenic beauty to the walk and experiences that are unforgettable making this walk a unique one.
5. Toddy Tapping
Home made alcoholic beverages fermented from the natural sap of coconut trees without any additives is a dream come true – Toddy is just that. To watch how it’s done is another amazing experience which is possible only on these backwaters. So, watch it and taste it – the taste will linger on forever.
6. Kerala Cuisine
Each region has a delicacy and specialities; Alappuzha is no different. Alleppey Fish curry, Karimeen Dry, Appam with stew etc are the native specialities. There are some amazing restaurants and toddy shops that serve the classic delicacies – a must visit and a must experience when in Alappuzha.
6. Sightseeing in Alappuzha
When you come to visit a place you need to see the best out there. Listed below are the places in order of priority so that you can choose based on your time availability.
- Ambalapuzha temple,
- International Coir Museum,
- Revi Karuna Karan Museum,
- Krishnapuram Palace,
- R Block,
- Sharada Mandiram.
- Sea view Park
8. Go birding
Alappuzha is a narrow strip of land where six major rivers spread out, intercepted by lagoons, rivers and canals and connected to the Arabian Sea. The richness of the coastal Alappuzha waters brings in an annual deposit consisting of huge quantities of fishes and prawns. In addition, the monsoon linked floods rejuvenate and cleanse the soil and water. This add on richness brings in abundance of marine life like prawns, lobsters, fishes and more making it a fantastic haunt for thousands of migratory birds every year and thereby a haven for birders.
9. Paddy Cultivation
The “Rice Bowl of Kerala” Kuttanad is a region covering the Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta District, popular for its vast paddy cultivation below sea level. You gotta see it to believe it and what a better way to experience it by joining the farmers in the paddy fields. A must do experience and a photo opportunity for the shutterbugs.
10. Go coir making
Coconut is a Kalpavriksha and one of its by product is the fibre from the coconut which is used in making “coir”.Coir is a natural extracted from the outer husk of the coconut and used in products such as ropes, floor mats, doormats, brushes and mattresses, besides many other usages. This is one of the most prominent small scale industries in this region. Some of these places actually teach you how to make coir and it is an experience. You should try this or visit the Coir Museum to have a comprehensive understanding of this industry,
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