Thursday, October 21, 2010

Alappuzha

Alappuzha (Alleppy) is famous for it's backwaters. Alappuzha 'The Venice of the East' is endowed with exceptional natural beauty and emerged as a major tourist destination of the Kerala. The entire district teems with an array of rivers, canals and lakes ideal for boat cruise. Alappuzha is also famous for boat races, houseboats, beaches, marine products and coir industry.
Alappuzha Beach
This is a beautiful beach and the Vijaya Beach Park is an added attraction. The Seaview Park here has boating facilities and a swimming pool.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
The most competitive and popular boat race is held on the second Saturday of August every year at the Punnamda Lake and is the most important tourist event of Alappuzha. The highlight of this prestigious event is the competition of snake boats ("Chundan Vallam"), the 130 feet long snake boats with over 100 rowers, 4 helmsmen and 25 cheer leaders decorated with colourful silk umbrellas. The race is also held during the tourist season on the third day of the Great Elephant March in mid January, and is called as 'Tourism Snake boat Race'. This is one of the main event in Alappuzha Tourist Destinations

The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
The pilgrim centre 14 km. from Alappuzha. Ambalapuzha temple is famous for its temple architecture and the milk porridge - 'Paalpaayasam'. This temple is one of the most important in Alappuzha Tourist Destinations
Arthunkal Church
Arthunkal one of the oldest Christian churches in Kerala is 22 km. north of Alappuzha. The St. Andrews church here was built by Portuguese missionaries. The annual feast of St. Sebastian is held in January.
Krishnapuram Palace
The magnificent palace is situated at Kayamkulam 47 km. from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam. The palace is a master piece of Kerala architecture with gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors and so on. The palace also houses one of the largest single panel Mural paintings, discovered in Kerala known as 'Gajendra Moksha', which measures 53 sq.ft in area. A museum inside the palace, displays antique sculptures and paintings.
Kuttanad
The region is referred as the Rice Bowl of Kerala because of the wealth of paddy crops is at the very heart of the backwaters. A unique feature of Kuttanad is that many of the fields are below sea level. It is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done below sea level. The boat trip to Changanacherry passes through this beautiful and fertile region.
Pathiramanal
the verdant island located in the Vembanad lake is the first island resort of the State. The green island is an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise. The island is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma. The island attracts rare migratory birds from various parts of the world.
Nearest Railway Station Alappuzha
Nearest Airport. Nedumbassery (Kochi

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