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Alappuzha, the venice of the east is the enchanting backwaters of Kerala. The Palm fringed canals have blessed Alappuzha. This water locked district has emerged as one of the best backwater tourism destinations in God’s Own Country. The town has come up around the canals and is situated between the Arabian Sea and the backwaters. Its location makes it an unparalleled natural beauty. It is an important backwater tourist centre of India attracting scores of foreign tourists.
Alappuzha lies between the sea and the rivers, has the Cochin Airport at a distance of approximately 90 Kms. It also has a Railway Station that connects it to cities across the country. It has backwaters and beaches. You can take a cruise via canals, rivers and backwaters for a terrific view of the landscapes, monuments and industries. The popular boat races are held during Onam festival.
The region known as Kuttanad is popularly called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and it is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
Alappuzha Sightseeing
Alleppey Beach: It is situated near Alleppey railway station. It is well equipped with thick palm groves. It was a busy port and the gateway to the Kerala. This relaxing beach attracts scores of tourists from the world over. There are water sports facilities available at the seaside, which makes it more interesting.
Alleppey Backwaters: Alappuzha has world-renowned mesmerizing backwaters and beautiful houseboats that attract sizable number of tourists. You can enjoy the boat rides with locals and visit Kuttanad through green fields and see coir workers doing their daily chores.
Krishnapuram Palace: This 18th century palace of the Travancore kings is situated around 47 Km from Alappuzha. It is built in typical Kerala style of antique sculptures, paintings and bronze artifacts make it a worth visiting destination.
Karumadikuttan: It is the 10th century Karumadikuttan statue, a black granite statue of lord Buddha. It is situated approximately 3 kms from Ambalapuzha. This is a famous Sri Krishna temple known for traditional Kerala architecture.
Aruthunkal: It is an ancient St.Sebastian Church known as the St. Andrews Church also erected by the Portuguese in the year 1851. It is situated 22 Kms north of Alleppey. It is a popular centre of pilgrimage for the Christians. The feast of St.Sebastian is held every year in the month of January.
Mullackal Temple: This temple is dedicated to goddess Rajarajeswari. This temple is believed to have miraculous powers. A number of pilgrims visit this temple every year.
Punnamada Kayal: It is must-visit place where the annual Nehru Trophy boat race takes place in the month of long snake boats can accommodate 120 people, making two rows of 60 each.
Alleppey Boat Races: Alappuzha is famous for boat races and annual water carnival festival. One of the most famous among them is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Every snake boat can accommodate around 150 people. The boat race is a spectacular show attended by thousands of people.