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Alappuzha

     

One of the real legacies of nature, Alappuzha is known as the 'Venice of the South'. The districts interlocked canals, rivers, shores, backwaters, lagoons and lush green paddy fields are enough to make the statement in our mind 'The God's own country'. Alappuzha is one of the major centers for backwater tourism in Kerala. Arabian sea bounds the west of the district and that why the district has a large network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers. The name Alappuzha has the etymological meaning 'The land lies between sea and its rivers'. The best time to visit this region is between July and September. Alappuzha is very famous for boat races like Nehru Trophy, which happens at Punnamada Kayal and many other boat races, are there in the district that steals your heart. Voyaging through backwater in a Kettuvallam (House boat) is also a main attraction here. Besides tourism the district economy is dependent on prawn farming and paddy cultivation. Kuttanad in Alappuzha is known as the 'Nellara' (Rice bowl) of Kerala because of the huge amount of paddy cultivation happens there. It is one of the few places on earth where farming g is done under the sea level. It is well known also for coir carpet manufacturing. Alappuzha is the only district in Kerala without any forest.

Alappuzha is well connected by road, rail, air and water. Alappuzha is located on the NH 47, which connects Salem to Kanyakumari. KSRTC operates bus services to Alappuzha from all major cities in the state as well as from neighboring states. The railway station lies 5 kilometers from the KSRTC stand and is well connected with Cochin and Trivandrum. Through rail, Alappuzha connected to distant cities like Mumbai, Chennai etc because of Express trains to those destinations. The nearest airport here is Cochin, which is 90 kilometer away and while Trivandrum, is about 160 kilometer away.
 

 

 

Places to visit in Alappuzha

Sree Krishna Temple, Ambalappuzha

At this temple Lord Krishna is worshiped in the Child form (Balagopalan). The inner walls of the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure of the temple) are decorated with murals depicting the ten incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu. The temple is renowned for its daily offering to the devotees and that is the most famous 'Ambalappuzha Palpayasam'. Its one of the major Sree Krishna temples in the state. The annual festival of this temple falls on April. 'Ottan Thullal' (an art form created by poet Kunjan Nambiar) was first performed here. The temple lies a few kilometers away from Alappuzha. The worshiping time here is between 3.00 am to noon and in between 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm. The temple permits only Hindus to enter.
 

Sree Krishna Temple, Ambalappuzha

 

Pathiramanal Island

A unique back water spot accessible only by boat is 'PATHIRAMANAL'a lonely island in the middle of Vembanad lake, ideal for the honeymooners and the tourists. It is around 1 hours by motor boat/30 min. by speed boat away from Alappuzha. Tourists come here in search tropical scenery and a change from the din of city life and Pathiramanal can provide all kinds of happiness in plenty. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vemabanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus created the enchanting island of Pathiramanal (sands of midnight).

This little island on the backwater is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different part of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma in Alappuzha.

 

Pathiramanal Island

Karumadikuttan

Karumadikuttan

Karumadikuttan is 9/10th century granite statue of Lord Gautham Buddha. Its located in Karumadi village (hence the nam,Karumadikuttan)at Alappuzha. The statue of Lord Buddha present here is broken into half and is under the protection of Archeological Survey of India. Its proof of the fact that Buddhism existed in Kerala in the 9th and 10 th century.


 

Kuttanad

Well known for its picturesque vast paddy fields and its geographical peculiarities. It’s the region with the lowest altitude in India, and one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. It’s also one of the historically important places in the ancient history of South India.
The major occupation in Kuttanad is farming. Rice is the important agricultural product, giving Kuttanad the moniker of “The Rice Bowl of Kerala”. Three crops are grown every year now instead of the traditional two per year. Large farming areas near vembanad Lake were actually reclaimed from the lake. The history of the paddy cultivation in Kuttanad can be traced back to centuries. The evolution of paddy cultivation in Kuttanad was correlated to the technological advancement and changes in the regulatory frame work existed during the 19th and 20th centuries.
 

Kuttanad

Alleppey Beach

The Alleppey beach has a small park nearby. Alappuzha Lighthouse stands near the beach which is also a curiosity for tourists. The beach is one of the best beach locations for movies. Movies like thrashing, sure etc were shot here partially.
Alappuzha is referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world. This Backwater Country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.
The beach usually has a good visitor rush from all over India and most of the European countries.