Alappuzha the famous tourist destination in Kerala is located on the Arabian Sea coast. It is also called Alleppey and is known as the Venice of the east. It is located 70 km south of Cochin. The canals criss cross the town and connect to the Vembanad Lake. Alappuzha is said to be the oldest planned town in this region and the light house on the coast of the city is first of its kind to built along the sea coast.Alappuzha is the venue for the Nehru trophy boat race which held every year.
The other attractions in Alappuzha area are Alappuzha Beach and the maraikulam beach, providing one of the most lovely views of the sunset on the Arabian sea. Patiramanal, Kuttanad, krishnapuram palace, mararikulam, ambalapuzha temple, edathua church, Arthunkal church also attract tourists.
Tourist Attractions in Alappuzha
Alappuzha beach is among the most popular spots in the district of Alleppey with Its lovely garden in the midst. Imposing buildings of a colonial past overlook the shore. The pier that extends into the ocean is over one hundred forty years old and a rare sight. An ancient light house at one end and dense palm groves on the other, all add to the charm of the place.
Alappuzha is the venue of a myriad snake boat races. All the famous boat races particularly the Nehru trophy boat race, and at Neerettupuram, Karuvatta, Payippad (near Haripad) Thiruvandoor and Thaikkoottam are held at different part of Alappuzha district during the months of August- September. People from all over come here and witness these races.
Pathiramanal means ‘sands of night’. It is a small island in Alappuzha district located on the Vembanad Lake. The scenic beauty of each side of the lake and that of the island is spectacular. Pathiramanal is home to many varieties of birds from different part of the world. The island is accessible by boat.
One of the interesting places in Alappuzha is the region called kuttanad. Known as the rice bowl of Kerala is the only place in the world where farming is done below sea level. Kuttanad is well known for its vast paddy fields and beautiful geographical features.
Krishnapuram palace is located in Kayamkulam, a 45 minutes’ drive from Alleppey town. IT was built in the 18th century in Kerala style architecture with narrow corridors, gabled roof and is situated near krishnaswamy temple. Here you can see the famous mural known as ‘Gajendra Moksham’ and it is one of the largest mural in Kerala. There is also a museum of paintings, antique sculptures and bronze articles in the palace.
Mararikulam is situated in the south coast of Alappuzha. It is a quaint fishing village and has a long stretch of white sandy beach. Several resorts are located here.
The temple is dedicated to lord Krishna. Here you can experience the typical Kerala temple architecture and also taste the renowned payasam .
Edathua is located in kuttandu region of Alappuzha district it is famous for the St. George Church known as edathua palli. The church is located less than 30 km from Alappuzha. Edathua lies below sea level and the agricultural land in this region is separated from rivulets which run like highways, avenues and streets of New York around the blocks of farms by high mud bunds. The area attracts many tourists from around the world. A backwater cruise in these river system will be a wonderful experience.
Arthunkal church was built by the Portuguese. It is one of the important pilgrimage places in Kerala. In the month of January the annual feast of St. Sebastian is celebrated. The church is located 24 km north of Alappuzha.