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Alappuzha Beach

Place : Alappuzha, Kerala
Highlight : The beach houses a 1,000-ft long ancient pier about137 years old.
Best time to visit : Oct to May
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Famous for its boat races, backwaters and coir industry, Alappuzha, the Venice of the East is also famous for its beautiful beaches. Among them, Alappuzha beach is a popular spot for tourists. A desired destination for travelers, it is located on a thin strip of land, lies between the Arabian Sea in the west and the and the Punnamada backwaters in the east. Alappuzha beach is also known as Alleppey beach.

One can enjoy the mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset. With its fine white sand and freshwater lakes and few buildings in its vicinity, the beach is a perfect place for pleasurable beach holidays.

About 5km from Alappuzha railway station, this beach offers ample parking. There is an open air stage where cultural events are conducted and a walkway artistically lined with plants and seating arrangements for people to sit and enjoy the view and the sea breeze. The beach houses a 1,000-ft long ancient pier locally called as Kadal Palam (Sea Bridge) about137 years old. Built in 1862 by Captain Hugh Crawford, this was used for loading materials onto the ships when trading thrived decades ago. Now in a ruined condition, nobody is permitted to enter the bridge.

It also offers a lot of interesting activities for picnics also. On the southern side of the beach lies the Vijaya park run by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC). Constructed for entertainment purpose of families, this park offers facilities like swimming pool, toy train and bicycle riding. Timings: Open from 1500 - 2000 hours. Entrance fee: Rs 5 for adults, children 3 Rs and Free entrance for children below 5 years. Video permit: Rs. 25; Camera permit: Rs. 5. There is another park known as the sea view park and both these parks have boating facilities. There is another park known as the sea view park and both these parks have boating facilities. Boat rentals for 10 minutes: Round boat : Rs. 10. Pedalboat: Rs. 15. Video permit Rs. 15, Camera permit Rs. 100 respectively. Visitors to the beach can also see the old lighthouse which was too built by Captain Hugh Crawford in 1862 located nearby. But entry to the lighthouse is restricted and it's beams are visible for 25 km out to sea.

Near to this beach, there are ruined Remains of old godowns, a temple facing the beach, Bishop's house, Indian coffee house and St Xaviers Chapel at alappuzha beach.

Some of the best water sport facilities are available on the Alappuzha beach. Swimming under the clear blue sky, boating, surfing are very popular among tourists. Pedal boats and row boats are available on hire at the boating center near the pier at alappuzha beach. Boating charge: Rs. 10 for ten minutes. There is an Ice Cream and Soft drinks parlour near the boating center.