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Alleppey

Alappuzha or Alleppey, also known as the Venice of the East is the famous tourist destination in Kerala. This place symbolizes the confluence of all the natural graces and beauty. Alleppey is surrounded by the Arabian sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscross it. Alleppey is a place of immense natural beauty and a home of diverse animal and bird life. Due to its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, Alleppey has grown as an important backwater destination, which attracts thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alleppey was built in 1752 as a trading centre. The traders from across the seven seas came here in search of black gold and souveneirs. The abundant growth of coconut palms reclaimed from backwaters has contributed to a thriving coir industry with high quality export oriented products. Alleppey is famous for its unending coconut groves, sea, limitless backwaters, boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. The life of the people in Alleppey revolves around water. Children learn to swim before they walk. They learn to row boats before they bicycle.

Tourist attractions in Alleppey

The various tourist attractions in Alleppey are the Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram palace, Pathiramanal, Arthunkal, Champakulam Church, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, Ambalappuzha and Kuttanad.

Alleppey beach
Alappuzha Beach

The Alappuzha Beach is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alleppey or Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is about 140 years old. The main attractions at this beach are the entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park and an old lighthouse.






Ambalappuzha
Ambalappuzha

Sree Krishna temple in Ambalappuzha is located about 14 kms from Alleppey. This temple is built in the typical Kerala style of architecture. This temple is famous all over Kerala for Palpayasam, the daily offering of deliciously sweet milk porridge. The Pallipana is also performed by the Velans once in every twelve years in this temple. The paintings of the Dasavathanam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are also diplayed on the walls of this temple.



Arthunkal Basilica
Arthunkal Basilica

The St. Sebastian’s Church at Arthunkal is an important Christian pilgrimage centre. The annual festival, Arthunkal Perunnal is celebrated in the month of January in this church.






Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Mavelikkara

The Kettukazhcha festival at this temple draw large crowds of devotees. This festival is celebrated in February and March. Processions of tall decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make a spectacular pageant




Kuttanad
Kuttanad

Kuttanad is also known as the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’. It is known so due to such large area of 55000 hectares of unending paddy crops with various varieties, which is the heart of the backwaters. It is the only region in the world where farming is done below sea level. The paddy field lie about 0.6 - 2 m below mean sea level. Another feature of this land are the inland waterways which flow above land level. The scenic countryside here display a rich crop of bananas, yams and cassava.



Ambalappuzha
Krishnapuram Palace

The Krishnapuram palace was built by Marthanda Varma at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam, about 47 kms from Alleppey. This palace museum mainly known for the mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham.The 18th century mural Gajendramoksham is located on the ground floor of the palace and is the largest mural in Kerala. It is a famous piece of art. This palace is also known for its collection of antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes.




Pathiramanal
Pathiramanal

According to mythology, a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus the enchanting island of Pathiramanal (sands of midnight) was created. This little island on the backwaters is a favourite place for hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat.




champakulam-church
Champakulam Church

Champakulam Church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala and is believed to be one of the seven churches established by the St. Thomas. The annual festival is held at this church on the 3rd Sunday of October every year. The festival of St. Joseph is celebrated on 19th March.






Mannarasala  Sree Nagaraja Temple
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is situated near Harippad, about 32 kms from Alleppey. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is one of the most important serpent temples in Kerala, under the patronage of a Brahman family, headed by a priestess. This ancient pilgrimage shrine is dedicated to the Serpent God, Nagaraja. It is believed that the deity is given the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and the spirit of Lord Shiva. According to the legend, the first priestess of Mannarsala gave birth to a five headed snake, which resides in the ancestral house to safeguard the family. It is also believed that at Mannarsala, the barren women are believed to be blessed with children and a special turmeric paste is available at the shrine which is credited with the powers to cure even leprosy.