Things to do in Alleppey
India,  Kerala

11 Best Things To Do in Alleppey for Refreshing Holiday

Alleppey is a hub of activities and being on the coastal area it offers some of the beautiful sunsets. Kerala is known as God’s own country which means the place is beautiful and worth a visit and no holiday is complete if you are not participating in an activity to make your holiday special and memorable. If you are in Alleppey and have already visited places and now want to indulge in some refreshing activities, then we arranged a list for you.

Activities at Alleppey that Make your Holiday Memorable

1. Beautiful Sunsets at Beaches

Sunsets at Beaches
Sunsets at Beaches

Being on the side of the sea the city has many beaches such as Alappuzha and Pozhiyoram from where you can see beautiful sunsets. To capture the beauty of the surrounding you can go to the lighthouse for photography. Not just sunset views you can also be a part of some exciting activities such as boating, diving, swimming. To reach the beach you can take a ride to local transport.

Location: Pozhiyoram Beach, Alappuzha, Thumpoly, and many more

Timings: During the evening

Ideal Duration: Around 1-2 hour

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2. Watch artists performing Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu Centre
Kalaripayattu Centre

Kalaripayattu was originated in India and it is India’s oldest Martial art. Many people go to foreign countries to learn martial arts, but they do not know that India has its own martial art. There are many gurus in Kerala who are too old and still, they can perform better than a young person. Here in the city, you can get a massage which is given to martial artists. You can be a part of the show which is shown in the city to showcase the power of Kalaripayattu.

Location: Kerala

Ideal Duration: Around 2-3 Hours

3. Houseboat Cruise


There are many resorts and restaurants but the best way to be the part of nature you can live in Houseboat for a day. There are different types of boats available which you can choose from the packages will be different and so the hospitality. Spending your day and night in the lap of the river is something that you must try. Along with you, there will be a cook and a guide for your help.  

Everyone makes a to-do list while planning a trip and tourist who are coming to Alleppey makes sure that they are adding the houseboat cruise. For nature lovers and couples who are on a romantic date, the home boat cruise is must to do activity in Alleppey.

Location: Alleppey  

Timings: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Charge: 2500-4500 INR

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4. Be a part of Snake Boat Race

Snake Boat Race
Snake Boat Race

More than hundreds of fishermen take part in the race and in one boat around 20-25 people row together in a boat that looks like a snake. The race is popularly knowing as The Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Watching so many people rowing in a boat to be the winner will give you adrenaline. The place where race is held will be crowded so you should visit there as early as you can.          

Location: Alleppey 

Timings: August 

Ideal Duration: Around 1-2 Hours

5. Activities at Beaches of Alleppey

Activities at Beaches
Activities at Beaches

Beaches of Alleppey are not just for hanging out, sunset views, spending time with your friends and family. There are many activities that are organized on beaches such as parasailing, volleyball nets and many more. Parasailing activity is chosen by many and in this activity, a parachute is tied with a boat and when that boat drives in the sea, the airlifts the parachute in air and to ensure the safety a professional will be there for you. You can see many people around you playing volleyball and that is one of the best things to do on the beach. 

Location: Alappuzha

Timings: 7:00PM – 5:30PMI

Ideal Duration: Around 1 hour

6. Authentic cuisines of Alleppey

Authentic cuisines
Authentic cuisines

South Indian foods are a must to try and they have some of the best foods you can try. The specialty of the city is that they serve the food on banana leaves and the best food is seafood. The cuisines they serve are not expensive but still authentic. Chettinad chicken, chicken curry, seafood and do not forget to try banana chips. You can also go fishing in the city and cook the food of your taste.             

Timings: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Location: Thaff Restaurant, Nelpura, Indian coffee house  

Ideal Duration: Around 1-2 hours

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7. Spectacular Adoor Gajamela


The Gajamela festival is one of the most famous festivals of Kerala and it is celebrated for around 10 days in the month of January to February. In this festival, you can see around 100 beautifully dressed and decorated elephants. To decorate the elephants several jewels and ornaments are used, and the elephants really look stunning. You should take care of your belonging because thousands of people arrive at the location to witness the Gajamela in Alleppey.  

Location: Shree Parthasarathy Temple 

Ideal Duration: Around 1-2 hours

Timing: January and February

Charges: INR 1000 onwards

8. Ayurvedic Massages

Spa and Massage
Spa and Massage

Give your tired body some relaxation with Ayurveda massage in Alleppey. Kerala is the hub of Ayurveda and here in Alleppey, you can take a massage with some herbal oils which claim to cure body pain, stress, anxiety, and many chronic diseases too. Spending a day at Ayurveda Spa is something that is a must to do because your body will likely be tired of exploring beautiful places and engaging in several activities.   

Location: Krishna Ayurveda, Keraleeyam

Trip Duration: Around 1-2 hours

Timings: 5:00AM – 1:00PM

9. Churches and Temples in Alleppey

Temples in Alleppey
Temples in Alleppey

Kerala which is also known as “God’s own country” and you are in Alleppey now, so your visitors won’t be complete without spending some time in beautiful temples and churches. There are a lot of churches and temples like Latin catholic church, St Mary’s church, Bhagavathy temple and many more are worth visiting.           

Charges: Free

Duration: Around 1-2 hours 

Opening hours: All Days

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10. Kayaking


This is an awesome activity and you can do it on your own in the backwaters of Alleppey. The activity starts from Pallathuruthy where a guide will ensure you about all the safety measures and will provide a lifejacket to you. A boat that is close to the water surface is used in this activity. The activity duration is of around 3 hours and to capture the memory of those hours you can take your camera along but you have to be careful that it won’t fall in the water.

Charges: INR 1500 onwards

Duration: Around 2-3 hours 

Opening hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (September – December)

11. Inter-state Cycling or Biking Tour

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking

If you are a biking enthusiast and would love to explore the state on a bicycle, then you can choose the package of 10 days Kerala cycling tour. You will be bicycling over 170 km exploring the beautiful backwaters, forests and some off-roading for the thrill. There are many operators who organize these tours and in packages, they will give you everything that you need for touring. Being on bicycle you won’t be driving it fast and that’s what will give you a chance to admire the beauty of lush green landscapes.     

Charges: INR10,000 Onwards

Duration: 10 days trip 

Location: Starting point – Alleppey and Endpoint – Idukki

Frequently Asked Questions?

Q. Alleppey is famous for ?

A. This famous for boat racing and specialty of this race is that there is over 100 fisherman who takes part in a race. It’s a fun place to watch the race in the crowd of hundreds of people, this festival is organized in the month of August.

Q. Best activities to Enjoy in Alleppey?

A. There are many activities to enjoy like watching boat racing, Kayaking, enjoy local food and many more.

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