Alleppey is the face of Kerala, a very different kind of city where canoes and canals are the primary commuting options than roads and automobiles. Away from the bustling city life, this laid-back destination is ideal for a relaxed holiday with mouthwatering food options and fun backwater adventures.
Located just 400 meters from the beach, Gostops Alleppey is a backpacker's hostel that provides good coworking facilities and Cafe Catamaran overlooks the water while serving a variety of continental cuisines and vegan food. Choola Multi Cuisine Restaurant is a dine-in option with a traditional ambiance that serves lip-smacking Kerala Sadya with culinary delights that appeal to vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Halais Restaurant, located right at the center of the Alleppey town, is popular for its biryani and other Arabic dishes. And Pukabeach Puttum Kattanum, the small beachfront cafe with an old-fashioned tea stall ambiance, serves all local delicacies.
Explore the Alleppey backwaters on houseboats to spend as short as three hours or as long as a week. Don't miss to inform your houseboat man if you want to visit toddy shops serving fresh toddy, palm tree wine, with spicy flavors of seafood treats. If you are particular about bars, Pegs 'n' Pints and Baker's Lounge are two options that can brighten your evenings with its creative cocktails.
Kayaking through the small canals or sunbathing on the white sands of Marari beach, watching the sunset can be a good way to spend your evenings. You can rent a canoe and paddle through the troughs, just like how the locals commute. Cycling is an excellent option for taking a tour through the villages with views of paddy fields and the unending vista of backwaters.
Sneha Thomas is a freelance journalist and writer based in India. She writes on sustainability, travel, and lifestyle.
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