The canals of Alappuzha are open to all who seek a journey that is both invigorating and introspective. The day to day lives of those who dwell along these shores have not changed over the course of centuries. Vast stretches of paddy fields and coconut trees gently swaying with the wind surround you. The various cruise options act as perfect gateways into this mysterious land, untouched by the ravages of time.
Irrespective of whether you take a country boat or a large houseboat, this huge canal network linked to the Vembanad Lake will enthral you at every turn. You will witness the occasional Kingfisher dive in to grab a fish while locals on the nearby banks engage in the same activity with their fishing lines. Children make their way to school in boats while the majestic Kettuvallams (rice barrages) command the attention of all who view them.
Drop by the villages near the banks to see the legendary coir making industry in person. People rave about the food available at the local shacks that dot these shores. Try the freshly made tapioca and fish curry, a staple here. A visit to this area isn't over until you've tried toddy, the naturally extracted alcoholic beverage that is famous among the locals and all who visit these parts. Lay back and let the beauty of this natural wonder wash over your senses.
Nearest railway station: Alappuzha, a few kilometres away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km
Altitude: Sea level