Tourist Places in Alleppey
Alleppey has many interesting tourism destinations that attract visitors and tourists for holidays and tour packages. Locally Alleppey is known as Alappuzha and it means the land between the sea and network of rivers flowing into it. Bacwaters which have made Alleppey famous all over the world is in fact the network of rivers flowing back to land.The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.
The attractions in Alleppey include Alleppey Beach, Arthunkal Church, Kuttanad, Alleppey Boat Races and Alleppey Backwaters.There is nothing like doing a
houseboat cruise in Alleppey backwaters
. It is not only a fabulous way of exploring the fascinating beauty of the backwaters, the small villages and the lives of the people living there but also a way to connect with oneself and the nature around.
Tourist Places in Kerala
Tourist Attractions in Alleppey
Alleppey is a town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as Venice of the East by Lord Curzon.Alleppey or Alappuzha as it is locally known is now the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala and renowned all over the world for houseboats and backwater cruises. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer durations to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bedrooms and attached bathrooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kuttanad style. Alappuzha is unique in that it is the only district in Kerala without forest.
Kutanad which is also known as the "Rice Bowl of India",lies below sea level and is the only region in the world where farming is done below sea level. The region is known as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' and is scenic with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms. The boat trip to Changanacherry passes through this beautiful and fertile region. The fascinating thing about this place is that rice cultivation is done over here in a mass scale despite the fact that the place is about 10 feet below sea level. Dykes have been built all around to protect the land. The backwaters are a photographer's paradise.
Backater cruiese are cruises on traditional Kerala houseboat called
. While cruising in these floating luxury vessel , tourists enjoy the scenes in a Kerala country side - skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed down paddy fields, local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes and swaying coconut palms.
Alleppey Boat Races
Alappuzha is famous for boat races and especially Nehru Trophy Boat race which is its annual water carnival festival in the memory of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. It takes place at the Punnamada Lake and is supposed to be the biggest boat race in the world. . The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (Snake Boats). Hence the race is also known as Snake Boat Race in English. Other types boats which participate in various events of the race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam (Vaipu Vallam), Vadakkanody Vallam and Kochu Vallam. The race conducted on the second Saturday of August every year is a major tourist attraction.
Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple
This temple is very famous among the local people, as it is believed that the deity of the Bhagawathy temple has miraculous healing powers. In the months of February and March the temple is teaming with life as the festival of Bharani takes place during this time. The temple comes alive with activities and grand feasts at this time of the year.
The famous church in Arthunkal, the St. Andrews Church was set up by the Portuguese in the year 1851. Every year in January, an elaborate feast is organized in the honor of St. Sebastian and thousands of devout Catholics come from all over the state and neighboring places to take part in the grand feastings.
Alleppey beach is a popular tourist place and a picnic spot for tourists and locals alike. This beach is also known as Alappuzha beach and one gets to see beautiful, vast expanse of sands and turquoise blue water of the Arabian Sea. An old lighthouse at the beach gives the beach a mystical look. Visitors can check out his lighthouse also and have a bird's eye view of the sea.
Located at a distance of 47 km from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam, this palace was built in the 18th century during the reign of Marthanda Varma. This palace is noted for its typical Kerala architecture, with gabled roof, dormer windows and narrow corridors. Here you will find the famous mural kept in the western end of the ground floor, called 'Gajendra Moksham' which is the largest mural in Kerala. There is also a museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronze articles in the palace.
This is a small captivating island in the Vembanad Lake. Situated between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, this island is the favourite spot for hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.The name 'Pathiramanal' means 'Sands of night'. The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of the island is mind blowing. The island at present is uninhabited and is an hour and half drive by motor boat or 30 minutes by speed boat from Alappuzha town.
Constructed in the typical Kerala architectural style, this temple is famous all over India, and is renowned for the Palpayasam, the daily offering of sweet milk porridge. This temple witnesses the performance of Pallipana by Velans (sorcerers) once every twelve years. Paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are displayed on the inner walls of the temple. The 'Ottanthullal', a satiric art form based on social themes was the brain child of the poet Kunchan Nambiar who performed it for the first time in the premises of this temple.
Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more. An authentic experience of the world of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. It is perfect for those people exploring the Kerala backwaters who feel like some time at the beach as well. This beach is quiet and undeveloped. The name Marari is shortened from from Mararikulam, a small and sleepy fisherman's village.
Alleppey is an all season destination and is thronged by tourists at all points of time.
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