One of the real legacies of nature, Alappuzha is known as the ‘Venice of the South’. The districts interlocked canals, rivers, shores, backwaters, lagoons and lush green paddy fields are enough to make the statement in our mind ‘The God’s own country’. Alappuzha is one of the major centers for backwater tourism in Kerala. Arabian Sea bounds the west of the district and that the district has a large network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers. The name Alappuzha has the etymological meaning ‘The land lies between sea and its rivers’. The best time to visit this region is between July and September. Alappuzha is very famous for boat races like Nehru Trophy, which happens at Punnamada Kayal and many other boat races, are there in the district that steals your heart. Voyaging through backwater in a Kettuvallam (House boat) is also a main attraction here. Besides tourism the district economy is dependent on prawn farming and paddy cultivation. Kuttanad in Alappuzha is known as the ‘Nellara’ (Rice bowl) of Kerala because of the huge amount of paddy cultivation happens there. It is one of the few places on earth where farming g is done under the sea level. It is well known also for coir carpet manufacturing.
How to Reach Alappuzha
The KSRTC Bus Stand in Alappuzha is located at a distance of 5 km from the railway station. The KSRTC buses connect the city to Ernakulum, Kollam, Kottayam and Trivandrum.
Alappuzha is well-connected by rail to all the major cities in India.
The nearest airports to Alappuzha are Trivandrum (150 km) and Kochi International (60 km) airports.
Attraction in Alappuzha:-
The Kuttanad region in Alappuzha district is named the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’ for its picturesque expanse of paddy cultivation which forms the main source of the famous ‘boiled rice’ of the state. It is a vast area of partly reclaimed land, covered with the bright green paddy fields, separated by dykes. The unique feature about paddy cultivation in Kuttanad is that the level of water is a few feet higher than the level of the surrounding land. Kuttanad is known for its contributions to the field of Malayalam literature and cinema besides the classical dance-drama of Kathakali.
- Alappuzha Beach
Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which is greatly fascinating to
- Sree Krishna Temple, Ambalappuzha
At this temple Lord Krishna is worshiped in the Child form (Balagopalan). The inner walls of the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure of the temple) are decorated with murals depicting the ten incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu. The temple is renowned for its daily offering to the devotees and that is the most famous ‘Ambalappuzha Palpayasam’. Its one of the major Sree Krishna temples in the state. The annual festival of this temple falls on April. ‘Ottan Thullal’ (an art form created by poet Kunjan Nambiar) was first performed here.
- Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is one of the most renowned temples in Kerala.One important aspect of the Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is that the deity appears as Maha Saraswathi in the morning, as Maha Lakshmi at noon and Sri Durga or Bhadrakali in the evening. The annual festival is a very popular one known as the ‘Bharani festival’. Specials rituals like Kuthiyottam and Kettukazcha processions takes place on this day
Karumadi lies about 3 kms east of Ambalapuzha which is 14 km from Alappuzha (Alleppey). The village is famous for its black granite figure of the Buddha from the 9th or 10th century known as ‘Karumadi Kuttan’ (literally meaning the ‘Boy from Karumadi’). It is believed that Buddhism existed prominently in Kerala in the 9th and 10th century and the statue remains as a memoir of those days. There are many traditions connected to this idol and it attracts many archeologists and travelers to Karumadi every year. Dalai Lama called on this place during his visit to Kerala in 1965.
- House Boat Cruise
Traditionally, the Houseboats was called Kettuvallam, which means a boat made by tying together pieces of woodThe Houseboats or Kettuvalloms of Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 foot in length, retrieved from being lost to the State altogether. Once these Rice Barges ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two men, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities.
- Snake Boat Rice
Alappuzha boat races are very famous. It is also known as Nehru trophy boat race .The Nehru Trophy boat race at Punnamanada kayal falls second Saturday of August is said to be the biggest team sport in the globe. There are may more boat races here than the Nehru Trophy because of the topological peculiarity of this region. Pulinkunnu Rajiv Gandhi boat race falls on last Saturday of August, Payippad ‘jalotsavam’ (Water festival) falls August – September, Neerettupram boat race falls during Onam, Champakulam Moolam boat race at Haripad falls June-July are the important ones
This tiny beautiful island is located at the Vembanad Lake. The island is home for hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The name Pathiramanal has the meaning ‘The Sand of Midnight’ and it lies in between Kumarakom and Thannermukkom.
- Edathua Church
Created in 1810, the Edathua Church stands magnificently on the banks of the famous river Pamba. The church is dedicated to St. George and has been architecturally designed after the medieval European Churches. This Church is famed for miraculous cures of mental disorders and other ailments. An annual feast is held in the Church and during that period, the gold statue of St. George is placed on a dais in the middle of the Church for 11 days.