I think a day trip to Marari Beach is among the best day trips from Alleppey that involves the beach!
It might sound corny, but for me, the best part of going to Marari Beach was the journey!!
You can walk from Alleppey to Marari Beach pretty much the entire way along the coast!
This means amazing ocean views.
You might walk on the beach.
You might walk on a dirt path.
You might walk on a small road.
And if you’re not able to walk directly along the coast, you’ll be able to find short detours, sometimes on residential streets.
Although it will be hot, for the best views, I say go when it’s sunny out!
Just be sure to bring water, as you’ll have to walk “inland” in order to find any shops.
That’s how secluded this can feel!
Along the way, you might see long stretches of beach with no people.
And the people you do see will be local fishermen who are hanging out.
You might see a bunch of happy locals too.
You’ll also pass by a number of local fishermen beaches.
And you might pass some seemingly secluded beach areas too.
There are also a number of areas where the river meets the sea, and basically this might require a river crossing.
So in these cases be prepared to take off your shoes or sandals for the crossing if you’re not wearing the type of travel sandals that will allow you to make such river crossings as is.
And, when you’re traveling around Kerala, another nice long coastal walk is from Varkala to Kappil Beach! It’s not a beach walk, but you’ll get ocean views basically the whole way too!
How to get to Marari Beach from Alleppey
So I have walked to Marari Beach from Alleppey, and I have also gone cycling to Marari Beach from Alleppey.
The day I walked to Marari Beach, I took a bus back to Alleppey from the main road.
I think walking is the best way to get there because it’s the only way you’ll get the coastal views nearly the whole way!
It is like 10km though, so consider it a beach trek in Kerala! (Kind of like how you can do a beach trek in Gokarna if you’re doing a one month South India trip.)
Or, if that’s too much for you, even just starting to walk in the direction of Marari could offer you nice views. You can then just turn around when you’re starting to feel like it’s getting long. Or, you can walk “inland” to the main road (it won’t be that far from the coast) to find a bus back to Alleppey, or maybe a rickshaw too if you’re at a main intersection. (It would be best to find a local to ask about these things when you’re ready to go back.)
I started my beach walk from this guesthouse which is also worth considering staying at if you want beach vibes in Kerala. It’s basically a stay among locals in a residential neighborhood.
The second and third best options for getting to Marari from Alleppey I think are cycling and renting a scooter.
Bicycle rentals in Alleppey are hard to come by though, so this could make renting a scooter a little bit of a better option.
Both bicycle and scooter means that you’ll have to stick to the main road.
But by having your own transport, it means you’re free to go where you want when you want.
So as you’re riding along the main road from Alleppey to Marari, any time you see a road to the left (towards the beach), take that road, and see where it takes you!
This can also get you to see some smaller fishermen beaches.
Maybe you can pick one of the roads, park your scooter (or bicycle) and go for short walks along the beach this way too.
Rickshaw and bus are also options to get to Marari Beach from Alleppey too.
These are less flexible though, and you’ll miss out on the more secluded parts along the way.
Although, you could try to arrange with a rickshaw a half-day thing and then tell him where you want to go. This could allow you to go down the random streets you find and stop off at the various coastal areas.
The bus ride will be about 15 rupees ($0.20).
And then for ultimate comfort, you can also get a taxi to Marari Beach.
What can you see with a walk from Alleppey to Marari Beach?!
aka photos from the walk to Marari Beach!
HAPPY VISIT TO MARARI BEACH AS A DAY TRIP FROM ALLEPPEY!
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Hostels in KeralaFor a hostel with international standards in Kerala, try Zostel!
More Zostels in Kerala:
Zostel is a top backpacker chain across India, and I've stayed at many Zostels in India! And outside of Kerala, if you'll be passing through Gokarna as you go from Goa to Kerala (here are options of how to get from Goa to Kerala!), then Zostel Gokarna is in an amazing location too! Here are pictures from the on-site cafe that overlooks the ocean.
Where to stay on the tourist trail in KeralaThese places basically go down the coast from north to south!
- Cochin: Try a homestay in the cute heritage area of Fort Kochi.
- Marari Beach: This is an "off-beat" location as Marari is mostly unknown to backpackers, but it can be a convenient stop to make between Cochin and Alleppey with chill laid back vibes. For an idea of what type of beach can be nearby, see my beach walk from Alleppey to Marari.
- Alleppey Beach:
- Funky Art Beach House again for chill vibes with a location among locals in a residential neighborhood
- And there's Zostel Alleppey too for another beach location to stay several days
- OR if Alleppey is a quick visit, try Dream Nest to be closer to town
- And see how to spend one day in Alleppey (short version: go for the backwaters village canoe tour instead of a houseboat!)
- Alleppey backwaters:
- Munroe Island: This is another generally kind of more off-beat location, and you can see a different part of the Kerala backwaters on a quiet island
- Varkala cliff:
Retreats in KeralaFor relaxation and rejuvenation for health and wellness, also see:
- Yoga retreats in Kerala
- Ayurveda retreats in Kerala - ayurveda is basically healthy living through natural herbs and remedies, and Kerala is the birthplace of ayurveda!
How to book India train tickets online as a foreignerIf you don't want to go through the complicated process of setting up an IRCTC Indian railways account as a foreigner...
Then the most convenient way to buy train tickets online is through this booking website. I've used it, and it's super simple! You buy the ticket, and then show the electronic version on your phone once you're on the train. Compared to buying directly through an Indian ticket booking website (IRCTC account required) or directly at the train station in India, there is a small convenience fee, as well as a less flexible cancellation policy, though!