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How To Reach Alappuzha (Alleppey)
Often called the Venice of the East because of the backwater channels that run through this beach town, Alleppey lies 60 kms south of Cochin. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha has pleasant temperatures all year round and is well connected by roads and railways, making it pretty easy to reach.
The closest airport to Alleppey is the Cochin International Airport located 78 kms away. Take a pre-paid taxi from the airport to reach Alleppey for approximately Rs. 450. All major domestic carriers fly to Cochin. Some international carriers that connect to Cochin are Singapore Airlines, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and Etihad Airways.
The Alleppey Railway Station is 4 kms from the city centre. Major metropolitan cities including Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Kolkata are connected to Alleppey by the Indian railways. Some of the trains that ply to Alleppey daily are Alleppey Express, Mangalore Central Maveli Express, Bangalore City Kochuveli Express, Alleppey Dhanbad Express, Jan Shatabdi, Tatanagar Alleppey Express and Netravati Express. You could take a taxi, bus or auto rickshaw to the main city.
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation connects Alleppey to major towns and cities in the state. Private luxury air conditioned buses also ply daily from the neighbouring cities of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Chennai, Mysore and Coimbatore. For those living close by to the state, a bus journey is quite a good option because the road to Kerala is breathtakingly beautiful.
Alleppey or Alappuzha is well connected by State Highways SH66, SH40 and SH11. It falls in the North-South-East-West corridor which connects the four megalopolises (New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata) of the country. The city is also connected by NH 47. So just take that car for a spin down the serene highway to Kerala!
Getting around in Alleppey
Alleppey has an excellent public transport system for its residents and tourists. The cheapest means of transport in Alleppey is the bus service which connects all parts of the city very well. Tourists can also take auto rickshaws from one attraction to another. Pre-paid Taxis are also available for hire. Some areas that are inaccessible by road are connected by the local ferries. This is an experience you should not miss. Many tourist places in Alleppey are also easily accessible by foot. But of course, there's one experience that tops it all. When in Alappuzha, why don't you boat your way across the town?