- Alluring Alappuzha, the ‘Venice of the East’ is endowed with exceptional natural beauty and has emerged as a major tourist destination of the State.
- Serene Vembanad Lake covering an area of 204 sq. kms stretches from Alappuzha to Kochi.
- Kayamkulam Lake with an area of 59.57 sq. kms extends to the districts of Alappuzha and Kollam.
- These lakes are widely used for the inland water transport of cargo and passengers in the region.
- It provides a perfect introduction to the amazing backwaters of the State.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Cochin International Airport, Kochi (COK), 64 kms away from Alappuzha city centre.
- Rail: Alappuzha Railway Station, Alappuzha, 3 kms away from Alappuzha city centre.
- Road: Well connected with NH47.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple Ambalapuzha Aranmula Mannarsala
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
ATTRACTIONS OF ALAPPUZHA
- Nehru Trophy Boat Race:
- It is held annually on the second Saturday of August at the Vembanad Lake and is the most important tourist event of Alappuzha.
- Boats sponsored by different villages compete fiercely in the competition.
- Highlight of this prestigious event is “Chundan Vallam”, the 130 feet long snake boats, with over 100 rowers, 4 helmsmen and 25 cheer leaders decorated with colourful silk umbrellas.
- Punnamada Kayal is the starting point for the race.
- Alappuzha Beach:
- Beautiful beach with a distinct colonial ambience has and old lighthouse.
- 1,000 feet long pier which was built in 1862, by Captain Hugh Crawford.
- Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple:
- Shrine of Goddess Rajarajeswari is set in the heart of Alappuzha town.
- Important festivals celebrated here are nine day ‘Navrathri’ and ‘Thaipooyakavadi’.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND ALAPPUZHA
- 14 kms away from Alappuzha town.
- Sri Krishna Temple built in traditional Kerala architecture is one of the most important shrines of Kerala.
- It is known for ‘Palpayasam’ – a sweet milk porridge prepared everyday as an offering to the deity.
- It is also ritual of Pallimpana performed by Valans (sorcerers) once in every twelve years.
- Located on the banks of river Pamba, 20 kms away from Alappuzha town.
- Pictureque Hindu pilgrim centre famous for its rich culture and heritage.
- It was declared as a ‘Heritage Village of India’ by the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
- Main attractions are Parthasarathy Temple and Aranmula Vallomkalli, the famous Snake Boat Race held every year in the month of Chingam (August – September).
- Charming site near Haripad on the Alappuzha – Kollam route, 32 kms away from Alappuzha town.
- Famous for the ancient temple of Sree Nagaraja, the King of Serpents.
- Nagaraja, the presiding deity is said to be endowed with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and spirit of Lord Shiva.