is situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the town's commercial centre
lives in a maze of canals. Set in the labyrinth of backwater channels, the
town is one of the best gateways to explore the unspoilt countryside.
Alleppey is a famous trade centre of ancient times. It is referred as '
Venice of the East', built on the banks of a network of canals. It is one of
the best-known ports along the coast of Malabar. The beach here is not as
big as the others. However, north of Alleppey, the Arthunkal beach in worthy
of development as an international holiday resorts. Alleppey attracts
tourists not only by its natural beauty but also through its locally made
coir products that are of a very superior quality. Watching rural life at
close quarters - the many activities like; toddy tapping, fishing for small
fry, coir-making, prawn farming, and scores of other sights by a boat trip
in a country craft up and down the narrow canals in the coastal region is
gaining in popularity among the foreign tourists and the North Indian
visitors alike. Alleppey is also famous for its Nehru Trophy boat race held
every year. Alappuzha
is a bustling, town of ramshackle wood and
corrugalated roof houses, chiefly significant in the Coir industry and the
centre for Backwater Cruises in Kerala. The Backwaters of Alleppey
can be best experienced in a country boat. The climate of this small town is
temperate and humid in general and relatively more pleasant in the winter
season. The temperature ranges from 22 to 35°C in summer and 20 to 32°C
during winters. The best time to visit Alleppey is during the winter season.
The months from August-September and February-March are ideal for a visit to
this place. The backwater cruises in the exotic houseboats, which also serve
Keralian cuisine delicacies, are an eternal experience.
Nearest airport is at Kochi, 66 km. away.
The place is well connected to Kochi, by rail.
The place is connected to all the south Indian
towns, by a well-developed network of roads.
Places of interest - Alleppey
It is located at a distance of 14 km away
from Alleppey. In its architectural features, the Sree Krishna Temple
confirms the typical Kerala style. The temple is famous throughout Kerala
for 'Palpayasam', that is milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered to
Popularly known as St.
Sebastian Church, 22 km north of Alleppey. One of the most important pilgrim
centres of Christians in Kerala, Portuguese missionaries established this
church, which is near Sherthallai. The feast of St. Sebastian is held here
Chettikulangara Bhagvathy Temple:
It's a very famous
temple in Alleppey (Alappuzha). The Kettukazhcha festival at the temple
draws large crowds of devotees. Processions of tall decorated structures on
chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural
performances make a spectacular pageant. The Festival here starts in
This is one of the most popular picnic
spots in Alappuzha. The beach here is spectacular. At one end are the dense
palm groves that are so characteristic of Kerala's landscape. It has a long
sandy beach. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years
old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya beach park add to the
attractions of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse that is greatly
fascinating to visitors.
Located at the very heart of the backwaters.
Also called the rice bowl of Kerala because of her wealth of paddy crops.
The scenic countryside of Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways also has a
rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. This is perhaps the only region in the
world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea level. Inland waterways
that flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region.
A small island of
Alleppey (Alappuzha) is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory
birds, which come from different parts of the world. The island is
accessible only by a boat. This 10-acre island on the backwaters is home to
many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world.
According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to
perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to raise from
below, thus creating the enchanting island, Pathiramanal (sands of
The Palace is located 47 km from
Alleppey. Built in 18th century during the reign of the Travancore monarch,
Marthanda Varma. It is a double storied structure that displays typical
characteristics of Kerala architecture-gabled roofs, dormer windows, and
narrow corridors. The 'Ganjendra Moksham' mural that is one of the largest
mural paintings in Kerala is seen on the ground floor of the Palace. A
museum with antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes is housed inside the
One of the seven churches established by St. Thomas in Kerala.
The annual feast at this church falls on the 3rd Sunday of October every
year. The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19th.
Located at 24 km from Alleppey, on the
Alleppey - Thiruvalla Road. This church was established in 1810 and is
dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this
church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments. During the
annual feast (5th, 6th and 7th of May) pilgrims from all parts of South
India, irrespective of caste and creed, visit the church and seek the
blessings of the saint.
Located at a distance of 6 km from
Alleppey, accessible only by boat. It is the ancestral home of the blessed
Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It is now a holy shrine and spiritual resort where
thousands of devotees gather for prayer receive favours and feel amply
gratified. Here, a 250-year-old historically important beacon of light is
preserved intact in its original and primitive form.