Fondly called as the Venice of the East, for its maze of interconnecting waterways and channels, Alleppey or Alappuzha as it is known in local language truly lives up to its name! The waterways and channels are best explored in country boats as in Venice.
Alleppey is indeed famous for at least a million reasons. It is the only place in the world other than Holland where rice is cultivated well under the sea level. Thickly punctuated with coconut palms, Chinese nets and paddy fields, Aleppey is enchanting and receptive to tourists all round the year The enviably slow pace of the lives in the lagoons and the tranquility that is broken only by the echoing calls of the migratory birds, make it a different world altogether!
Today Alappuzha has emerged as a famous backwater tourist centre, which draws scores of tourists each year. Probably the boat races of Aleppey are the biggest crowd pullers of this destination. Scores of impressive snake boats that can accommodate as many as 120 oarsmen cut through the waters to race up to the finishing line in the Nehru boat race, which forms one of the red letters days in Alleppey tourist calendar.
No trip to this place will be complete without a house boat trip. These huge boats that are made from ecofriendly materials like wood and ropes were originally designed to carry farm produce like rice along the waterways. Now these have evolved as well equipped house boats that ensure a leisurely cruise for the tourists along the Punnamada Lake and Alleppey backwaters apart from ensuring a cozy stay amidst the waters. Be it a corporate holiday, honeymoon or a family trip, you would surely enjoy every bit of this memorable house boat trip!
The much acclaimed “Rice bowl of Kerala”, spread over 75 km, is famous for its vast green paddy fields with the scenic backwaters in the backdrop. This picture-postcard place is surrounded by a vast expanse of water. Enjoy the surreal beauty of the enchanting backwaters of Kerala with a houseboat cruise along the picturesque Vembanad backwaters. Kuttanad is also famous for its coir related industries with many households in the region tied to this sector directly or indirectly.
A safe sanctuary for indigenous and rare migratory birds, this island situated in Vembanad Lake is an Ornithologists delight. This beautiful island is located between Thannermukkam and Kumarakom.If you like, you can rent a speed boat to reach the island.
The beach, frequented by both local and international tourists, is famous for its natural beauty. The 137 year old pier that extends out into the sea is a remnant of Aleppey’s glorious past when it was a major port city. Dense palm grooves, a beautiful garden on the sea shore, an ancient light house all these further accentuate the beauty of this scenic beach. There are facilities for relaxing and unwinding at the nearby Vijay Sea Park and Sea View Park.
Located at a distance of 12 Km from Alleppey, Mararikkulam is famous for its palm fringed golden sand beach. The beach is ideal for indulging in swimming and other water-sports..
The Ambalapuzha Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is popularly known as the “Dwaraka” of South. The temple is famous for its exquisite mural paintings and the “Ambalapuzha Palpayasam” – sweet milk porridge. Kunjan Nambiar performed his satirical art form - “Ottan Thullal”, for the first time in the temple premises. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala architecture style. Ambalapuzha is located at a distance of about 10 km south of Alleppey town.
The Krishnapuram Palace was built in the 18th century by the ruler of erstwhile Travancore kingdom Marthanda Varma Maharaja. The palace is famous for its exquisite mural paintings and architectural marvel. The huge “Gagendra Moksham” mural measuring 14 feet by 11 feet is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The palace is today an archeological museum housing many antique sculptures, bronzes, paintings etc.
The Sree Naga Raja Temple at Mannarasala is a famous pilgrim centre for worshippers of serpent gods. The temple is quite unique as the rituals are traditionally conducted by a high priestess. The temple is located near Harippad at a distance of about 32 km from Alappuzha town. The temple has more than 30,000 images of the serpent gods and is the largest of its kind in Kerala.
This famous shrine dedicated to St. Sebastian was built by the Portuguese friars. The church is located at a distance of 22 km to the north of Alleppey near Cherthala. Christians and people from different faiths converge here during the annual feast of St. Sebastian held during the month of January.
An antique Jain Temple is situated in calm and quite place in the heart of Alleppey Town. The temple has gone through lots of renovations. The temple is built with marble made walls is an interesting departure from building style of all constructions that you will find in Alleppey.