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DESTINATIONS » SOUTH » KERALA » ALAPPUZHA
 
 
 
Alapuzha also known as Alleppey is a captivating region of splendid natural beauty with the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast tangle of cerulean lakes, serene backwaters and freshwater rivers, is usually referred as the Venice of the East. Soon after Alappuzha was developed as a port by the Diwan Raja Kesavadas, the town started functioning as the main commercial centre of the state of Travencore. Export flourished from the port. Spices like pepper were the main export items. Thachil Matthoo Tharakan, a close confidante of the Diwan, pioneered the export of timber. Domestic trade was also active. Many traders from Gujarat came and settled down here to do trading, leading to the presence even now of a Gujarati community in the town. Alappuzha is a centre for coir industries. Later coir (different kinds of rope made from coconut fibre) became a major product of the town, both for local and world markets.
 
     
 
Alappuzha is now the nucleus for backwater tourism in Kerala. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer durations to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bedrooms and attached bathrooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kuttanad style. Alappuzha is unique in that it is the only district in Kerala without forest.
 
     
 
Alleppey is the gateway to the inland waterways of Kerala. Cruise through small canals passing through paddy fields, coconut groves, banana plantations, villages and small townships by the waterways to get a glimpse of the unspoilt rustic life of Kerala or glide along the serene lakes and wide backwaters watching winged friends from afar or simply the scenic beauty.Some popular Backwater boat cruises routes are - Alleppey-Kottayam (29km 3 ½ hrs), Alleppey - Ernakulam (74km 7-8hrs), Alleppey-Champakulam (16km 1 ½ hrs) and Alleppey - Kollam (85km 8hrs)
 
     
     
 
DESTINATIONS
 
     
 
  Alappuzha Beach   Ambalapuzha Temple   Krishnapuram Palace  
             
  Kuttanad Region   Pathiramanal   Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple  
             
  Mararikulam   Arthunkal Church   Mannarsala  
             
  Chavara Bhavan   Chettikulangara Temple   Edathua Church  
             
      Karumadikuttan    
     
     
     
  Alappuzha Beach
 
Destination Alappuzha Beach
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Beach
Activities
Sun Bathing,Swimming/Bathing

Alappuzha beach 5 Kms from town is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. Its beautiful garden on the shore gives an exclusive sight. Imposing buildings of a colonial past overlook the shore. The berth, which extends into the sea is more than 140 years old and is a rare sight.

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  Ambalapuzha Temple
 
Destination Ambalapuzha Temple
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Heritage sight seeing

Constructed in the typical Kerala architectural style, this temple is famous all over India, and is renowned for the Palpayasam, the daily offering of sweet milk porridge. This temple witnesses the performance of Pallipana by Velans (sorcerers) once every twelve years. Paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are displayed on the inner walls of the temple. The ‘ Ottanthullal’, a satiric art form based on social themes was the brain child of the poet Kunchan Nambiar who performed it for the first time in the premises of this temple.

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  Krishnapuram palace
 
Destination Krishnapuram Palace
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Heritage sight seeing

Located at a distance of 47 km from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam, this palace was built in the 18th century during the reign of Marthanda Varma. This palace is noted for its typical Kerala architecture, with gabled roof, dormer windows and narrow corridors. Here you will find the famous mural kept in the western end of the ground floor, called ‘Gajendra Moksham’ which is the largest mural in Kerala. There is also a museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronze articles in the palace.

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  Kuttanad Region
 
Destination Kuttanad Region
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Back Water Tourism
Activities
Boating/canoeing,Houseboat Backwater / River cruise,Cuisine,Fishing

The region is known as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala'. Kuttanad, a stretch of 75 km stands sandwiched between the vast serene sea & the magnificent hills. The puzzling muddle of shimmering waterways composed of lakes, canals, rivers & rivulets, is lined with dense tropical greenery and preserves rural Kerala life styles that are completely removed from the buzz of city life. The views change from narrow canals and dense vegetation to open vistas and dazzling green paddy fields. It is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done below sea level. The boat trip to Changanacherry passes through this beautiful and fertile region.

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  Pathiramanal
 
Destination Pathiramanal
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Backwaters
Activities
Boating/canoeing,Houseboat Backwater / River cruise,Cuisine,Fishing

This is a small captivating island in the Vembanad Lake. Situated between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, this island is the favourite spot for hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.

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  Mullackal Rajeswari Temple
 
Destination Mullackal Rajeswari Temple
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Heritage Sight Seeing

It is dedicated to the Goddess Rajarajeswari. The nine day 'Navarathri' festival is celebrated twice a year and is of special significance to the people of Alappuzha. Another important festival of the temple is 'Thaipooyakavadi'.

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  Mararikulam
 
Destination Mararikulam
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Beaches
Activities
Sun Bathing,Swimming/Bathing

Situated on the coast south of Alappuzha, 12 Km from Alappuzha, it houses a quiet beach and has an adjoining fishing village. Pool, tennis, water sports and Ayurvedic treatments are the leisure time activities one can avail of.

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  Arthunkal Church
 
Destination Arthunkal Church
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Heritage sight seeing

This christian Pilgrim centre near Sherthalai is 22 km. north of alappuzha. The St. Andrews Church here was built by Portuguese missionaries. The annual feast of St. Sebastian is held here in the month of January.

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  Mannarsala Temple
 
Destination Mannarsala Temple
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Heritage sight seeing

Mannarsala is 32 km from Alappuzha near Haripad and is famous for the ancient temple of Sree Nagaraja, the King of Serpents. Pilgrims from all over the country assemble here during the two day annual festival.

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  Chavara Bhavan
 
Destination Chavara Bhavan
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Pilgrimage/Place of worship

The inherited home of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, lies 6 km. from Alappuzha. Thousands of devotees gather at this shrine. It can be reached only by boat from Alappuzha. Here, a 250 year old historically important beacon of light is preserved intact in its original and primitive form.

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  Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
 
Destination Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Heritage sight seeing

It is famous for the Kettukazhcha festival, which attracts a large number of devotees.Processions of tall decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make a spectacular pageant. The festival is held in Feb. /Mar.

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  Edathua Church
 
Destination Edathua Church
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Heritage sight seeing

Edathua church is just 24 km from Alappuzha, dedicated to St. George is of special significance as it is believed that prayers and offerings here help in healing all kinds of mental disorders and other ailments. The annual feast is held from 5th - 7th May and attracts devotees from all parts of south India.

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  Karumadikuttan
 
Destination Karumadikuttan
Location Alleppey
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities
Heritage sight seeing

The tiny village near Ambalapuzha is known for the black granite idol of Lord Buddha known as Karumadikuttan. The idol dates back to 9th or 10th century.

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