Alappuzha


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Also known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha is famous for its breathtaking backwaters and canals. Situated at the south western tip of the Vembanad Lake, Alappuzha is a small strip of land sandwiched between the Vembanad Lake and the Arabian Sea. The Nehru Trophy snake boat race held on the second Saturday of August (During Onam) every year, at the Punnamada Backwaters is a real feast for the eyes! Alappuzha is also a major centre producing coir products in Kerala.

Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, is a little hamlet with unending stretches of paddy fields, small streams and canals lined by lush green coconut palms. The village was known from as early as the Sangam Age. History says that Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in the B.C years and in the Middle Ages.

The vast expanse of lakes and canals has made the place a busy inland fishing port. Already one of the major tourism spots of Kerala, the place has greater scope for the lake side tourism which is a thriving business now.


Fact File
Area 1414 sq kms 
Population 2,105, 349
Best time to visit August to March end
Temperature 20 – 35 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0477


 


Attractions

Kuttanad Backwaters

The beautiful backwaters of Kuttanad are famous for their Kettuvalloms(Houseboats). There are several villages in the Kuttanad region and people travel from one place to the other by boats. Vendors even go from house to house on their boats to sell vegetables, fish and small household goods. This serene...

St Mary's Church, Champakulam

The church draws hundreds of devotees during the annual feast held in the month of October. The feast of St Joseph in March is also an important event. The church is built on the site which is believed to be one of the seven sites on which St Thomas had built churches. Wooden statues of Christ which

Mannarassala Snake Temple

Worshippers of the Naga (Serpent God) have always built their temples in groves where serpents are aplenty. Mannarassala is the largest serpent temple with 30,000 images of serpent Gods and has hundreds of snakes living around the temple. Childless women come to the temple and pray to be blessed with...

Krishnapuram Palace Museum

Built during the rule of Maharaja Marthanda Varma, this palace is somewhat similar to the Padmanabhapuram Palace in Trivandrum although this one is smaller in size. The 16 block building sprawls over an area of 1.87 acres. It is now an archeological museum with paintings, antiques, swords, ancient vessels...

R Block

A private farm, spread over 850 acres of land, R Block is one of the best managed farms of the Kuttanad region. The plantation farm is entirely covered with coconut, areca and banana plantations.

Pathiramanal Island

Folk lore has that the island was formed when a young Brahmin priest dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening prayers. The water gave way for land at the spot that the priest jumped and thus Pathiramanal, meaning sands of midnight, was formed. The palm covered island on the Vembanad Lake,

Marari Beach

Right in the heart of the "spice coast" just an hour from Cochin and even less to Alappuzha(Alleppey) is the most fabulous stretch of soft sandy beach fringed with palms, an idyllic retreat for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Marari originates from "Mararikulam",...

Kumarakodi

Situated 20 km south of Alappuzha, Kumarakodi is the final resting place of Kumaranasan, one of the greatest poets of Malayalam Literature. Known as Mahakavi Kumaranasan, his literary classics breathed new life into Malayalam Literature. He passed away in a boat mishap on the backwaters, when he was

Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple

Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple is located in the heart of Alleppey town. The presiding deity is Goddess Rajarajeswari. The temple celebrates two festivals every year. The nine-day 'Navarathri' festival is very popular. The last two days of the festival are considered very auspicious. A colourful procession...

Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple

A temple dedicated to infant Krishna, this temple draws thousands of devotees during the month of April, which is when the annual festival is held. The Pallipana ceremony held once in 12 years witnesses performances by sorcerers. The temple is famous for its offering of Palpayasam, a milk and rice pudding....
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