How to decide the best area to stay in Alleppey
So you’ve figured out which of the best backwaters activities you want to do when you’re in Alleppey.
Now, on to figuring out a place to stay!
When it comes to accommodation, there are a few things you can base your decision on. Much of this has to do with what you want out of your trip to Alleppey!
In general, here’s where you can stay in Alleppey:
- Near the beach
- Near town
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BEACH: Best guesthouses in Alleppey near the beach
Why stay near the beach?
If you want some chill time during your time in Alleppey, consider finding accommodation near the beach.
This way, from the moment you arrive, you can have some true relaxation on the water without having to wait for your backwaters tour!
Then, if you go for a backwaters day tour, once you return you can continue to be at ease near the beach!
Have a look at these budget guesthouses near the beach:
- Funky Art Beach House (pictured above)
- Alleppey Beach Garden
- Sea Breeze Beach Homestay
- Pine Beach Residency
I stayed at Funky Art Beach House (more photos) for more than a few days. I think this is a very good place to stay in Alleppey if you are looking for that rest and relaxation time outside of the backwaters!
You even have the option to basically sleep outdoors on a rooftop and wake up to ocean views!
This really makes it one of the best places to stay in Alleppey for backpackers on a budget!
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TOWN: Best guesthouses in Alleppey near town
Why stay in town?
If you aren’t particularly drawn to the beach, then staying in town can be a convenient option.
Finding accommodation in town means that you’ll be quite close to both the bus station and ferry station. You may also find more options in town for a cheap place to stay too.
So if you’re arriving to and leaving from Alleppey by bus, and then taking one of the best ferry boat rides around Alleppey as your choice for a backwaters activity, you might like the idea of staying near these public transportation stations.
It may also be easier to find a wider variety of food options when you stay in town too.
Have a look at these budget guesthouses near town:
- Venice Castle Homestay
- Carpe Diem BnB
- Kalappura Homestay
- Orchid Homestay
- Alleppey Annex Heritage Home
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HOSTELS: Best hostels in Alleppey
Why stay at a hostel?
If you’re traveling alone, there are several cities in Kerala you can visit so that you can stay at a backpackers hostel in Kerala to meet other travelers.
Alleppey is among those cities.
Staying in a hostel in Alleppey can be a good way to meet people and find people to talk to in real conversational English so you stay sane. 😉
There are a couple of noteworthy hostels in Alleppey:
These hostels have nice common areas. They were also designed first and foremost as hostels so they have most of the amenities that you’d expect in a hostel.
What makes the Zostel in Alleppey even better is that it’s right along the beach.
I also visited Artpackers (pictured below), and it seems to have a nice vibe.
I do like the location of Zostel better though, as it’s right by the beach!
BACKWATERS: Best houseboats in Alleppey on the backwaters
Why stay on the backwaters?
Of course a visit to the backwaters is THE thing to do in Alleppey.
So instead of taking one of the best day trips to the backwaters, you could take that experience a little further by staying overnight directly on the backwaters.
Staying on the backwaters in Alleppey generally means staying on a houseboat.
Here are a some overnight houseboat experiences to look into:
For a cheaper stay on the backwaters, you may also be able to find a cottage or place that calls itself a homestay on the backwaters too through a search on airbnb.
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How to spend the perfect 2 days in Alleppey
If you have limited time for your Kerala itinerary, 2 days can be the perfect amount of time to stay in Alleppey.
And a perfect 2 days in Alleppey includes time on the beach! 😉
Day 1: Alleppey Beach
Arrive in Alleppey. Find a place to stay near the beach so that after a day of travel, you can just chill out and take in the ocean views!
If you arrive earlier in the day, go out into town and buy fresh fish, prawns, and a few spices. And since you’ve chosen well and you’re staying at a guesthouse with a kitchen, you can fry your own seafood for dinner!
Kerala is known for its seafood so this makes for the perfect meal when in Alleppey.
Day 2: Kerala backwaters
Dedicate the next day to what Kerala is known for!
Take your pick with how you want to spend that time on the backwaters.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you have a coconut on the Kerala backwaters! 😀
And once you’re done with your backwaters activity, back to your awesome beachside guesthouse you go! 😀
Be sure to take a look at the Best of Alleppey Travel Guide so you can plan the PERFECT trip to Alleppey!
Also be sure to take a look at the Kerala Travel Guide so you can plan a perfect one week in Kerala!
HAPPY ACCOMMODATION PLANNING IN ALLEPPEY!
The need-to-know India travel tips!If it's your first trip to India, be sure to see these tips for getting around India on a budget, and more! You might wait until India to buy this mosquito repellent that works for many foreigners! Also be sure to see how to spend one month in South India and 2 weeks in North India, as well as tips for the Golden Triangle. And, overnight sleeper bus travel isn't so bad, and neither is traveling in general class on the train! Also see the easy way to get an e-visa. And this is the easy way to book train tickets online as a foreigner. I've used it, and it's simple! You can just show the e-ticket on your phone.
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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!