The most romantic bollywood location- Alleppey

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The world famous backwaters of Alleppey ( Alappuzha) had always been a favorite shooting location for the film makers and musical album makers. Remember the hit pop song “Ho gayee hai Mohabat”. It was shot at Alleppey. Alleppey is known as “Venice of the East” due to the canal network in the city. Movies that were shot at Alleppey includes:

  1. Dil Se
  2. Baaghi
  3. Tashaan
  4. Ek Diwana Tha
  5. Vinnaithandi Varuvaya ( Tamil)
  6. Autograph ( Tamil)
  7. Saaya

Location: Kerala, India

Destination type : Leisure destination

History of Alleppey

  1.  Pliny and Ptolemy of the 1st and 2nd centuries had mentioned places like Purakkad or Barace in Alleppey in their classical works.
  2. Christianity had a foothold in this district, even from the 1st century AD. The church located at Kokkamangalam was one of the seven churches founded by St. Thomas , one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ.
  3. It was under Chera Empire, during 9th to 12th centuries AD. 
  4. Since landing in Calicut in 1498, the Portuguese started playing an influential role in Alappuzha.  The famous St. Andrew’s Basilica was built by them during this period
  5. The struggles of Punnapra and Vayalar in 1946 arrayed the people against Sir C. P. Ramaswami Iyer, who was Dewan of Travancore. This led to Ramaswami Iyer’s exit from the political scene of Travancore.

Activities for tourists at Allepey

  1. Enjoy backwaters and Kerala cusine in a houseboat
  2. Enjoy the sunset in Alleppey beach or Marari beach
  3. Visit historical sites like St.Andrew’s Basilica or 10th century Budha statue ( Karumadikuttan)
  4. Participate in annual snake boat race with 20-30 oars men in each boat
  5. Get an Ayurveda massage

How to reach there


Cochin International airport 85 kms away is the nearest airport. It is connected to International destinations like :

  1. Dubai
  2. Kuala Lumpur
  3. Singapore
  4. Sharjah
  5. Colombo etc

It is also connected to domestic destinations in India like :

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Bangalore
  4. Chennai etc


Alleppey railway station is connected to Indian cities like:

  1. Mumbai
  2. Mangalore
  3. New Delhi
  4. Dhanbad
  5. Gorakhpur
  6. Porbandar etc


Best time to visit Alleppey are winter months from November to February

Season Average temperature
Winter season (November to February) 22°C to 32°C
Summer season (March to May ) 25°C to 34°C

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Konni Elephant Camp ( 76kms away )
  2. Kochi ( 53 Kms away)
  3. Kovalam ( 160 kms away)
  4. Kumarakom ( 33kms away)
  5. Thekkady (137 kms away)
  6. Munnar (163 km away)

Some hotels in Alleppey with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Jomtien Inn

Johnson’s Homestay

Rosa Mystica Coastal Haven

Alleppey Holiday Beach Resort

Shalom Beach Residency

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Photo courtesy: By Shameer Thajudeen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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