Tours To Alappuzha | Kerala Alappuzha Tours
Alappuzha or Alleppey a small district in Kerela, South India is known for its silver beeches, back waters and canals. It is popularly known as Venice of the East. The town was founded by Raja Kesavadasan, the Diwan of Travancore in 1762. Architecture in Alleppey has got a lot of British, Dutch and Portuguese influence. Its lush green paddy fields, boat cruises and long palm trees have a charm of its own making it a perfect holiday destination.
Kerela being Gods Own Country, Alappuzha is one of the favorite tourist attractions for people around the world.
There are several tourist attractions in and around Alappuzha. Long stretch of Silver Beaches, with palm groves at one end and a light house at other takes one to a picturesque setting. House boats locally called "kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer duration which takes visitors on the old waterways. Snake Boat Races are held every year in Alappuzha district during August-September. All the important boat races, namely the Nehru Trophy boat Race at Punnamada, the Payippad near Haripad, the Thiruvandoor, Neerettupuram, Karuvatta and Thaikkoottam boat races are held at different parts of the district.These races are a major attraction and they draw tourists from around the world every year to Alleppey. The Krishnapuram Palace built during t he reign of Marthanda Varma in the 18 th century is at a small distance from Alappuzha. It is known for its typical Kerela architecture and the famous mural called ‘ Gajendra Moksham'. There is also a museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronze articles in the palace.
There are many famous temples to visit like the Krishnapuram Temple is a two-storied building in Alappuzha. Ambalapuzha Temple is another temple where Lord Krishna is worshipped. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple of Alappuzha is a holy place where the king of serpents is worshiped. The Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple of Alappuzha is believed to have miraculous powers. Kottamkulangara Mahavishnu Temple and Devi Temple are the oldest temples of Alappuzha city and are sites worth visiting, especially during the time of festivals.
Similarly there are many churches like the Arthunkal Church or the St. Andrews Church here was built by Portuguese missionaries. The annual feast of St. Sebastian is held here in the month of January. Champakulam Church or the St.Mary's Church was established by St Thomas, it is one of the oldest churches in Kerela.
Pathira Manal is a small island on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.
Access to Alappuzha:
- By air- nearest international airports: Kochi (Nedumbassery-64 km from north). Thiruvananthpuram (150 kms)
- By rail - connected to major cities
- By road - it is on the NH 47 highway and is connected to all important towns in South India.
- By water - Alappuzha is linked by boat service through the backwaters to Quilon, Changanassery, Kottayam, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kovalam and Chengannur
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