A;lappuzha - Waterworld
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.
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.
Cruising the backwaters
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 Towns 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.
Connectivity : Kochin International Airport (90 Km / 2.5 hrs)
Best time to visit and Climate :
The best time to visit Alappuzha / Kerala is October - March
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