These one day trips from Alleppey are included in the ultimate Alleppey travel guide.
If you’re looking at spending a few days in Alleppey for some rest and relaxation, there are a few things you can do rather than just sleep in the hammock all day. 😉
The typical backwaters activities can also make for good one day trips too, and you can also spend some time near Alleppey Beach.
Here are a few more things to do as one day trips when you’re spending time in Alleppey for a few days!
Alleppey to Kainakary
A trip to Kainakary can be a DIY trip to the backwaters from Alleppey town.
Getting here will take you through some quieter roads of Alleppey district, riding past paddy fields.
Then depending on the route you take, you may end up at a dead end where the road ends but continues on the other side of the water.
But that’s where the fun begins! 😉 You can then pay a canoe man 10 rupees (15 cents) to cross the water.
If you’re getting to Kainakary by scooter, you can leave your scooter here. If you’re getting to Kainakary by bicycle, there’s a good chance you can take the bike with you in the canoe.
Once you make the water crossing, walk about a mile to reach some smaller backwaters canals!
You can go here by bus, rickshaw, taxi, renting a scooter, or by cycling!
If you go by rickshaw or taxi, you’ll probably want to make arrangement with your driver about pick-up, as it may be harder to find a ride back once you get dropped off.
Or, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can get dropped off and then try to find a ferry to get you back to Alleppey town!
You can also try to find a bus back, but getting back by ferry seems more fun… and more Kerala style. 😉
I went to Kainakary by scooter, and I noticed that the areas I walked around the backwaters were also areas that I passed through by a ferry from Alleppey too.
2. Marari Beach
Alleppey to Marari Beach
Around 10-15 km north of Alleppey is Marari Beach. This has become known as one of the best beaches around Alleppey.
To reach Marari Beach from Alleppey, you can go by bus, scooter, rickshaw, taxi, or you can go cycling from Alleppey!
Or, there’s one more option.
If you’re feeling like you want to get a bit of physical activity in, you can also walk right along the beach to get from Alleppey to Marari Beach.
You’ll be able to walk oceanside pretty much the entire way.
If there’s no beach, you can make a slight detour through village roads or to the main road.
During monsoon season the water may also essentially wash away the beach.
But again, it will be possible to make a detour along the road.
By sticking to the beach, you’ll comes across a few stretches of beach that locals use for fishing so you’ll see a lot of boats.
Alleppey to Kumarakom
Kumarakom is another place in Kerala that’s known for the backwaters, but it’s also known to be more expensive than Alleppey.
Aside from the backwaters, Kumarakom is also home to a bird sanctuary.
A visit to this bird sanctuary can make for a nice day trip from Alleppey.
You can get to Kumarakom in part by ferry by first taking a bus from Alleppey to Muhamma.
Then, you can find a ferry to Kumarakom.
You’ll cross the big Vembanad Lake to reach Kumarakom.
Once you get to the Kumarakom ferry station, you can take a rickshaw to reach the bird sanctuary.
Be sure to take a look at the rest of the Best of Alleppey Travel Guide so you can plan the PERFECT trip to Alleppey!
HAPPY DAY TRIP PLANNING 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!
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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!