Alappuzha - Alleppey

Also known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha is famous for its breathtaking backwaters and canals. Situated at the south western tip of the Vembanad Lake, Alappuzha is a small strip of land sandwiched between the Vembanad Lake and the Arabian Sea. The Nehru Trophy snake boat race held on the second Saturday of August (During Onam) every year, at the Punnamada Backwaters is a real feast for the eyes! Alappuzha is also a major centre producing coir products in Kerala.

Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, is a little hamlet with unending stretches of paddy fields, small streams and canals lined by lush green coconut palms. The village was known from as early as the Sangam Age. History says that Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in the B.C years and in the Middle Ages.

The vast expanse of lakes and canals has made the place a busy inland fishing port. Already one of the major tourism spots of Kerala, the place has greater scope for the lake side tourism which is a thriving business now.
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Alappuzha»Kuttanad Backwaters
The beautiful backwaters of Kuttanad are famous for their Kettuvalloms(Houseboats). There are several villages in the Kuttanad region and people travel from one place to the other by boats. Vendors even go from house to house on their boats to sell vegetables, fish and small household goods. This serene village is full of meandering canals and rivers and has thus earned for Alappuzha, the sobriquet – Venice of the East.
Alappuzha»Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple
A temple dedicated to infant Krishna, this temple draws thousands of devotees during the month of April, which is when the annual festival is held. The Pallipana ceremony held once in 12 years witnesses performances by sorcerers. The temple is famous for its offering of Palpayasam, a milk and rice pudding.
Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathi Temple , Alappuzha
Located on the border of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts, this shrine is open to people of all religions. The temple that stands between the Pamba and Manimala Rivers, is particularly popular among women devotees. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Vanadurga.

St Mary's Church, Champakulam , Alappuzha
The church draws hundreds of devotees during the annual feast held in the month of October. The feast of St Joseph in March is also an important event. The church is built on the site which is believed to be one of the seven sites on which St Thomas had built churches. Wooden statues of Christ which

Bhagavathi Temple , Alappuzha
The deity of this temple is Bhadrakali who is believed to confer devotees with blessings of health, wealth and peace of mind. The temple in Chettikulangara has the largest stone lamp in the country – 11 feet high with 13 tiers. The Kettukazhcha festival held at the temple is a colourful affair
Mannarassala Snake Temple , Alappuzha
Worshippers of the Naga (Serpent God) have always built their temples in groves where serpents are aplenty. Mannarassala is the largest serpent temple with 30,000 images of serpent Gods and has hundreds of snakes living around the temple. Childless women come to the temple and pray to be blessed with...

Chavara Bhavan , Alappuzha
Chavara Bhavan, the ancestral home of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Cavara. It’s now a holy shrine and a spiritual resort, where thousands of travellers, devotees and tourists gather together to pray, receive favours and search for happiness.Most guests come here to say their prayers...

Karumadi Kuttan , Alappuzha
The idol of Karumadi Kuttan which stands to the west of the Kamapuram Temple is the statue of a black granite Buddha, believed to have been built in the 9th or 10th century. The deity is now placed in a small shrine to protect it.

Krishnapuram Palace Museum , Alappuzha
Built during the rule of Maharaja Marthanda Varma, this palace is somewhat similar to the Padmanabhapuram Palace in Trivandrum although this one is smaller in size. The 16 block building sprawls over an area of 1.87 acres. It is now an archeological museum with paintings, antiques, swords, ancient vessels...

R Block , Alappuzha
A private farm, spread over 850 acres of land, R Block is one of the best managed farms of the Kuttanad region. The plantation farm is entirely covered with coconut, areca and banana plantations.

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Pathiramanal Island , Alappuzha
Folk lore has that the island was formed when a young Brahmin priest dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening prayers. The water gave way for land at the spot that the priest jumped and thus Pathiramanal, meaning sands of midnight, was formed. The palm covered island on the Vembanad Lake,
Alappuzha (Alleppey) Beach , Alappuzha
Alappuzha (Alleppey) Beach is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kerala. The pier which extends into the sea is around 140 years old. It is a perfect spot to picnic with family. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the Alappuzha beach. There is also an old
Marari Beach , Alappuzha
Right in the heart of the "spice coast" just an hour from Cochin and even less to Alappuzha(Alleppey) is the most fabulous stretch of soft sandy beach fringed with palms, an idyllic retreat for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Marari originates from "Mararikulam",...
Kumarakodi , Alappuzha
Situated 20 km south of Alappuzha, Kumarakodi is the final resting place of Kumaranasan, one of the greatest poets of Malayalam Literature. Known as Mahakavi Kumaranasan, his literary classics breathed new life into Malayalam Literature. He passed away in a boat mishap on the backwaters, when he was
Edatuya Church , Alappuzha
Situated 24 km away from Alappuzha, on the Alappuzha - Thiruvalla Road, Edatuya Church was established in 1810. The church is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help cure all mental disorders and other ailments. During the annual feast (5th, 6th, 7th of