|Alleppey, one of the best-known
ports along the coast of Malabar and built on the banks of a
network of canals, is referred to as the Venice of the East
. It is a fabled trade centre of antiquity.
The beach here is not as big as the others. However, north
of Alleppey, the Arthunkal beach is worthy of development
as an international holiday resort. Watching rural life at
close quarters - the many activities like toddy tapping, fishing,
coir-making, prawn farming, and scores of other sights by
a boat trip in a country craft, up and down the narrow canals
in the coastal region, is gaining in popularity among the
foreign tourists and the North Indian visitors alike.
District Head Quarters : Alappuzha
Area : 1,414 Sq Km
Population : 21,05,349
Literacy : 93.66%
Alappuzha or Alleppey is one of the exotic backwater sites
of Kerala. Washed by the Arabian Sea, interlocked by a number
of canals and bridges, it is also famous for its Nehru Trophy
boat race held every year.
Air : Nearest International Airports : Kochi (Nedumbassery
- 85 km). Thiruvananthapuram (150 kms).
Rail : Well connected to Major Cities.
Road : An excellent road network links the district to all
major towns and cities in india.
Before the Dutch took over this place, the Portuguese were
the predominant rulers of this place. Later Maharaja Marthandavarma
came into power and he gave ample importance to the developmental
works of the place. Slowly it became a very busy commercial
place attracting merchants from all over. This resulted in
the establishment of a number of coir factories producing
coir-related goods of quality. The first coir factory was
developed by an English sea captain and soon others followed
suit. The first Anglican Church was built in 1816 by the Christian
missionaries whose headquarter was in Alappuzha.
The climate of this small town is temperate and humid in general
and relatively pleasant in the winter season. The temperature
ranges from 22 to 35°C in summer and 20 to 32°C
during winters. The best time to visit Alappuzha is during
the winter season.
Pilgrimage Centres :
Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple It is dedicated to the Goddess
Rajarajeswari. The nione day 'Navrathri' festival celebrated
twice a year is of special significance. Another important
festival of the temple is 'Thaipooyakavadi'
Ambalapuzha Temple The Pilgrim centre 14 km. from Alappuzha
is renowned for the Sri Krishna Temple. The temple is noted
for Splendid architecture and 'Palpayasam' - a sweet milk
porridge offered to the deity.
Arthunkal Church 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. Sebastiab is held here in the month of January.
Champakulam Church The St. Mary's Church is one of the oldest
church in Kerala. It is said to be one of the seven churches
established by St.Thomas. Tha annual feast is held on the
3rd Sunday of October.
Chavara Bhavan The ancestral home of the blessed Kuriakose
Elias Chavara, lies 6 km. from Alappuzha. Thousands of devotees
gather at this shrine and spiritual resort.
Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple The shrine is known for
Kettukazhcha festival, which attracts a large number of devotees.
The festival is held in Feb./Mar. and colourful procession
is taken our.
Edathua Church This church dedicated to St. George is of
special significance. The annual feast held from 5th - 7th
May, attracts devotees from all parts of south India.
Fairs and Festivals :
NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE : The Nehru trophy regatta at Alappuzha
on 14th August every year has become an Independence Day feature.
Different types of boats take part in this competition. They
include the bean-shaped boats, Kitetailed, curly-headed and
Places to visit :
Krishnapuram Palace : It is a double storied structure, which
displays typical characteristics of Kerala architecture -
gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors.
Pathiramanal : In the Vembanad lake there is a small beautiful
Island known as 'Pathiramanal', which could be reached only
by boat. On Sundays there is a boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma
to this place.
Maramon : Kozhencherry is the venue of the great Christian
religious convention called 'Maramon Convention'. It is held
on the vast sands of the river Pamba. Christians from all
over India participate in this convention. 'Maramon Convention'
is said to be the biggest religious gathering of Christians
Mannarasala : This is situated near Haripad, 32 kms. away
from Alleppey. The temple is one of the most important centres
of serpent worship in Kerala.
Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple : 'Kettukazhcha' is very
famous and it is a procession of tall decorated structures
in chariots where effigies of horses and bullocks are displayed.
This festival is celebrated during February/March.
It is situated 14 kms. away from Alleppey. In its architectural
features, the Sreekrishna Temple confirms the typical Kerala
style. The temple is famous through out Kerala for 'Palpayasam',
a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered to the deity.
Karumadikkuttan : Situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha, this
village is known for its 10th century Karumadikkuttan statue,
a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the founder of
Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to
Arthunkal - 22 km north of alappuzha
Edathua Church - 24 km from alappuzha, on the alappuzha thiruvalla
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple - 32 km south of allappuzha
Krishnapuram Palace - 47 km from alappuzha
Alappuzha Beach Alappuzha beach is quite a popular hangout
and relaxation spot in the district of Alappuzha. The pier,
which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years old.
Blessed with nature's green beauties such as lagoons, vast
lakes and numerous fresh water rivers, Alappuzha is a natural
wonderland of Kerala state.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race The popular boat race is held on the
second saturday of august every year at the Vembanad lake
and is the most important tourist event of alappuzha.