State : Kerala
Alappuzha or Alleppey, with its network, of canals, bridges along
silver beach, makes for an exhilarating holiday. Alleppey offers
enjoyable boat rides to Kollam along the picturesque Vembanad Lake.
The endless panorama of lush green paddy fields, swaying coconut
trees, shimmering water and long canals around Alappuzha make an
interesting setting for the town.
Alleppey is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products,
fish and lakes. Alappuzha remains prominent on the tourist attractions
of Kerela as one of the major centers for backwater cruises. An
enchanting backwater destination, Alleppey offers visitors many
other leisure options like - boating and fishing, very popular
with the tourists. A picturesque world of backwaters, thatched
houseboats, Cormorants, Chinese fishing nets and swaying palms
- Alleppey is an ideal getaway.
The Portuguese were the predominant rulers of this place before
it came under the Dutch
control. Later Maharaja Marthandavarma came into power and was instrumental
in developing 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 Alleppey.
Place to See
It is the place where the famous annual boat festival of national
fame is held. The boat race has been christened as the Nehru Trophy.
Thousands of spectators crowd the backwaters during the months of
August-September from all over the country to witness this breathtaking
event. The boats are built in such a way that they resemble snakes.
Each boat accommodates up to 120 competitors who neatly seat in
two rows of 60 each.
The stunning beauty of Alleppey beach enthralls all tourists coming
to the place. A beautiful garden and a few charming buildings of
the colonial era overlook the shore. There are also two public parks
on the shore-Vijay Park and Sea View Park. The boating facilities
in the parks are a craze among tourists. Dense palm groves and an
old light house on the two ends of the beach further adds to the
beauty of the beach.
The attractive Krishnapuram Palace in Alleppey displays some typical
characteristics of Kerala architecture. The gabled roofs, windows
and narrow corridors are some of these typical features.It was built
in the 18th century during the rule of Marthanda Varma. But the
palace is best known for Gajendra Moksham, the largest mural painting
that is housed here. There is also a small museum in the palace
Situated 14 kms. from Alleppey, the architectural feature of the
Sreekrishna Temple at Ambalapuzha is a
fine example of typical Kerala style architecture. The temple is
famous through out Kerala for 'Palpayasam' a milk porridge of exceptional
sweetness offered to the deity.
Karumadikkuttan is a small village situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha,
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 this idol.
This is a water logged village which is known for its oldest angadi
(market) known as Kalloorkkadu angadi. The St. Mary Forane Church
built in 427 A D is another major attraction famous for its beautiful
mural paintings for both tourists and art lovers.
How to Reach
: Nearest airport is at Kochi, 66 kms away.
: The place is well connected to Kochi, by
: The place is connected to all the south
Indian towns, by a well-developed network of roads.