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One Day Trip To Alleppey With Best Places To Visit & Activities


If you’re planning to visit Alleppey for just one day and want to create an itinerary with all the best things you can do, this travel guide is for you.

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Alleppey backwaters to explore in just one day

Is One Day Sufficient To Explore Alleppey?

Yes. To explore the best touristic places, attractions and go sightseeing in Alleppey, one day is a really good enough. But of course, if you have more than one day to spare, you can have a more calm and extensive Alleppey tour.

In this guide, we will help you plan your one day trip to Alleppey with where to go and what to do.


What is special in Alleppey?

Alleppey, or Alappuzha is known as the Venice of the East, for its beautiful backwaters and the canals that run through the place. The main attraction of Alleppey is of course the backwaters itself, without a doubt.

That being said, here’s a disclaimer. This is going to be an article that will help you set up an Alleppey travel itinerary without houseboat cruise.
Even though boat houses are the most popular thing to do here in Kerala and Alleppey, we aren’t much of a fan of it. Also, houseboats are meant for overnight stays. And if you’ve only got one day to spend in Alleppey, you definitely should do something better.

Backwater island in Alleppey

Places To Visit in Alleppey in Just One Day


  • Vembanad: Being the largest backwaters in India itself, Vembanad is truly a beauty. The vast lake gives you an oceanlike feeling while being peaceful and so beautiful. Make sure you go either by road or even take a boat ride to explore the Vembanad backwaters.
  • Punnamada: Punnamada is the the raw and Alleppey’s most core backwater lake. It’s a beautiful mixture of vastness and narrow canals that goes around islands and villages of Alappuzha.
    There are lots of ways to explore the Punnamada lake. Closer to the Alleppey town, it’s easier to reach and can be visited from different parts of the region as it’s spread around.
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  • Pathiramanal: Visiting Pathiramanal Island during a one-day trip to Alleppey is a must for several compelling reasons. First and foremost, this island is a natural paradise, boasting pristine backwaters, lush greenery, and a serene ambiance that provides a welcome escape from the daily grind. Pathiramanal Island is renowned for its birdwatching opportunities. Migratory birds flock to this destination, making it a haven for bird enthusiasts. You can spot a wide range of exotic avian species, creating a unique and captivating experience. Pathiramanal Island’s tranquility and captivating landscapes also make it an ideal spot for photographers. Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, you’ll find endless opportunities to capture stunning moments.
  • Kuttanad & Kainakary Villages: When you’re in Alleppey for just one day, a visit to the backwater villages of Kainakary and Kuttanad is an absolute must. These charming villages offer a unique glimpse into the serene and rustic side of Kerala’s backwaters.In a nutshell, a visit to Kainakary and Kuttanad during your one-day trip to Alleppey offers a serene, authentic, and culturally rich experience that beautifully encapsulates the essence of Kerala’s backwaters. It’s a journey into the heart of tranquility and tradition, leaving you with cherished memories of this enchanting region.


Beaches of Alleppey

The next best place to visit in Alleppey right after the backwaters is definitely the beaches. And there are mainly two beaches in Alleppey.

  • The Alappuzha Beach: Even though this place can be really crowded at times, it’s the beach that is the most closest to the town and other touristic places. You should definitely go by the old and antique beach bridge. See it for yourself.
  • Marari Beach: Comparatively a hidden place in Alleppey, this beach is really a gem. With much more calm and lush green around, the Mararikulam beach a must-visit place in Alleppey. It’s just 25 mins away from the main town.


  • Krishnapuram Palace and Archaeological Museum: Step back in time and discover Kerala’s rich history in this stunning palace-turned-museum. Marvel at ancient artifacts, sculptures, and paintings.
  • Revi Karunakaran Museum: Dive into the world of coir and culture at this unique museum. From traditional tools to coir production secrets, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience.
  • International Coir Museum: Ever wondered about the wonders of coir? This museum spills the beans! Unearth the journey of coconut fibers from tree to treasure.
  • Maritime Museum: Climb up the old lighthouse for a spectacular view and learn about the maritime history of Alleppey. It’s not just a museum; it’s an adventure!

What To Do in Alleppey in Just One Day

The above information will have given you enough items to add to your Alleppey one day travel checklist. But below are some of the activities that you can do, starting with the best one.

Backwater Kayaking For First Timers

Yup. You heard it right. Now, anybody can kayak in Alleppey. You don’t need to have any previous kayaking experience or know swimming.

This is literally the best thing to do in Alleppey and the only activity around here.

Our guided kayaking tours are completely made for beginners and first timers, and are 100% safe.

Group kayaking

The best part? We do the tours during sunrise and sunset, the best timings to explore the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala.

You’ll be going around an entire island village in the backwaters and there’s even a tea break in the middle of the tour.

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Shikara Boat Ride in Alleppey

Want a more calm boat ride through the backwaters of Alleppey? Then you can get a motorized shikara boating experience.

Shikara ride in Alleppey canals

Sit back and relax while you enjoy a sightseeing boating trip through the backwaters. You can hire a shikara boat for 3 to 5 hours to explore paddy fields, backwater villages and other hidden spots in Alleppey.

Check the price & book your shikara boat ride in Alleppey.

Canoe Ride in Alleppey

Enjoy a traditional boat ride on a wooden canoe, paddled by a local guide. These canoes have roofs on top of it for shade and are really small boats.

You’ll get to have a peaceful and slow ride through the narrow canals.

Get more details of the Alleppey canoe ride.

Hangout at Borma Cafe

This is one of our favorite cafes in Alleppey. Not just for the delicious menu that they have, but for their relaxing and beautiful ambience that they have set. With lush green, warm lights and cozy music – Borma Cafe really is a hidden gem in Alleppey.

Make sure to get their coconut coffee and ask for what’s special.

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