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Alappuzha

The water locked Alappuzha, formerly known as Alleppey is part of the famous backwater country - a captivating natural scenery of interconnecting, labyrinthine canals, lagoons, lakes and endlessly beautiful Arabian sea shoreline.

Bound by backwaters, Alappuzha is blessed with an exotic natural bounty of palm grove fringed canals, mirror-like clear lagoons and lush green paddy fields, interspersed with serene  lakesides and endless sandy beaches.
This is boat country. Boats are sewed into every aspect of life here… boats and canoes for transportation, house-boats for tourists and the famous gigantic snake boat races for celebration.
Hiring a house boat (Kettuvallom) to float through the backwaters is the best way to enjoy the beauty of Allappuzha. The boats glide through the waterways at a leisurely pace past villagers going about their daily lives, past paddy field lined shores, while  flocks of ducks paddle alongside the boat and offer visitors a therapeutic experience.
It is believed that Alappuzha and adjoining regions were originally under water and emerged later due to the accumulation of silt and sand. Kuttanadu, one of the Taluks (populated place) of the Alappuzha district finds its mention in the ancient Sangam age. It is known that early Chera rulers were popularly known as Kuttuvans since they resided at Kuttanadu.
Christianity is believed to have reached the region around the first century A.D. The church located at Kokkomangalam in Cherthala is one of the seven churches founded by St. Thomas. From the 9th - 12th century A.D the district was under the reign of the second Chera empire. In the 16th century the Portuguese invaded, conquered the area and built several churches that still exist today. The 17th century  saw the arrival of the Dutch, who established several factories and consolidated their presence by signing various treaties with the kings of Purakkad, Kayamkulam and Karappuram.
In 1762 Raja Kesavadasan, the Dewan of the Travancore King founded the town of Alappuzha. In those days the city consisted of a canal running through a strip of sand between the backwaters and the Arabian sea. It soon grew into a bustling commercial center and many trading vessels began to halt here. The commercial activity reached its peak, when a British captain established the first coir product factory in 1859. Trade and business opportunities declined here after Cochin became a major trading center and port during 1920s.

Snake Boat Race
The Kerala Snake Boat Race is a distinguishing annual event held at Alappuzha. This Nehru Trophy Boat Race was initiated in 1952 to mark the occasion of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru’s visit to Alappuzha. Since then it attracts a huge number of visitors from all over the globe. This spectacle is held on the second Saturday of August every year. Participation in the boat race is exclusively for themassive snake-boats of Kerala, popularly known as the chundans, which were the battleships of the kings of yore. Each village sponsors a boat with 120 rowers and the competition is really exciting.

Alappuzha will unquestionably allure you with its beautiful surroundings. It is one place where you can experience nature at its best and enjoy tranquility. 

Alappuzha Beach and Vijaya Beach Park
An old lighthouse and the pier at the Alappuzha beach are major attractions. The pier here is nearly 137 years old and extends into the sea. The picnic spot at Vijaya Beach Park also has a children's park and boating facilities.
Pathiramanal
This beautiful island located on the Vembanad Lake is accessible only by boat and attracts many travellers for its natural habitat.
Karumadi
This village is situated near Ambalappuzha and is regularly visited to view the Karumadi Kuttan, a black granite figure of Buddha belonging to the 9th or 10th century.
Krishnapuram Palace
This 18th century palace is a two story structure located nearly 45km from Alappuzha. It was built during the reign of the Travancore King, Marthanda Varma. The palace is a fine example of ancient Kerala architecture and displays gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors prevalent during that era. The palace also houses one of the largest mural paintings in Kerala known as Gajendra Mokshm and a museum with a fine collection of antique sculptures, paintings and bronze artifacts attracts visitors.
Punnapra
This village near to Alappuzha is of historical importance, as it was witness to the famous Vayalar Communist Uprising in 1946.
Ambalappuzha ,Mullakkal Rajeswari ,Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple
Ambalappuzha The temple at Ambalapuzha is located 14 km from Alleppey and is among one of the famous temples that displays the architectural style of Kerala temples. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is popular for its sweet milk porridge ‘palpayasam’ offered to the lord. It is also believed that the 16th century poet Kunjan Nambiar staged his first Ottan Thullal, a solo dance performance with a social message, in this temple. Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple This temple situated in the heart of the city is dedicated to the goddess Rajeshwari. Thaipooyakavadi and the nine day Navratri are two important festivals celebrated here. It is believed that the temple deity is the mother of the people of Alappuzha. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple This famous serpent shrine is situated 32km from Alappuzha and is dedicated to the Snake God Nagaraja. This shrine headed by a priestess displays nearly 30,000 images of the snake-god on the path to the temple. People also throng to the temple for a turmeric paste known for its healing powers.
Churches
Arthinkal Nearly 25km from Alappuzha, this place is famous for St. Andrews Church established by Portuguese missionaries in 1951. The feast of St. Sebastian is held every January at this church. Edathua Church This church dedicated to St. George was established in 1810 and is located 24km from Alappuzha. The church is known to heal people suffering from mental disorders.

Shop for coir products, copra, coconut oil and spices from Alappuzha.

Snake Boat Race
The Kerala Snake Boat Race is a distinguishing annual event held at Alappuzha. This Nehru Trophy Boat Race was initiated in 1952 to mark the occasion of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru’s visit to Alappuzha. Since then it attracts a huge number of visitors from all over the globe. This spectacle is held on the second Saturday of August every year. Participation in the boat race is exclusively for themassive snake-boats of Kerala, popularly known as the chundans, which were the battleships of the kings of yore. Each village sponsors a boat with 120 rowers and the competition is really exciting.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
KOCHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 57 Km 00H 57m
Alappuzha 2 Km 00H 05m
Kottayam 48 Km 00H 55m
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Kochi or the erstwhile Cochin is a melting pot of culture from as far as Arabia, China, Portugal, the Netherlands and Britain. A bustling port city enriched with multi ethnic inhabitants and culture, is made up of small islands connected by the backwaters and canals, and a central commercial town with an old Portuguese fort standing tall over the Arabian sea.
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Alappuzha experiences maritime climate due to its proximity to the sea hence remains pleasant through out the year. The winters experience very moderate cold and summer months may be hot and humid.
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