Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons. Alappuzha Beach is the site of the 19th-century Alappuzha Lighthouse. The city's Mullakkal Temple features a traditional design. Punnamada Lake's snake boat races are a well-known annual event.
It is the major rice granary of Kerala, where vast stretches of verdant paddy fields are interlaced with enchanting backwaters create some of the unforgettable sights.
Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala is all about an agrarian community, striking a chord of harmony with its physical setting. Noted for its farming below sea level (about 4 to 10 feet) the land of Kuttanad possesses a socio-cultural fabric of its own. Four major rivers in Kerala viz. Pampa, Meenachil, Achankovil and Manimala flow into the region.
The most popular route taken to get close and explore Kuttanad is the Alappuzha-Changanasserry road. This road goes through the heart of Kuttanad and gives visitors plenty of options to watch the day-to-day life at Kuttanad.
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Each Krishna devotee would love to visit Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple at least once in his lifetime. Located in the Alappuzha district in Kerala, this temple is famous for ‘Ambalappuzha Palpayasam,’ a delicious milky porridge prepared using rice, milk and sugar.
This marvelous pilgrim center is believed to have been constructed during the 15-17th century. Parthasarathi, carved out of black granite stone is the main idol of Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple. The idol holds a sacred conch in the left hand and a whip in the right hand.
Many Hindu devotees visit this temple every day to offer prayers to Lord Krishna and taste the delicious Palpayasam.
Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always basked a major place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a landmark between a network of rivers flowing into it and the Arabian Sea
Tourists visit here to hangout and relax as it has tremendous and tempting natural beauty all around. This place has huge network of freshwater rivers, meandering lakes, and lagoons. One can try adventurous activities at the beach like boating, or enjoy at children's park with toy bicycles or trains.
Alappuzha beach is a famous picnic spot and so it's a favorite gateway for locals. Amusement amenities at the Vijaya Beach Park add charm to the beach.
Located near the Sea Bridge and at the distance of 4 km from the Alappuzha town in Kerala, there resides a 150 year old towering Alappuzha Lighthouse
Built in the year 1862, it was one of the fussiest ports and trade centre of Kerala during that time. It is one of the oldest lighthouses on the south-west coast of India.
Constructed with traditional materials, it has 30 mtr height and at the top there is a platform where max 20 -25 people can at a time stand on the top. One will get a best view of the sea and surrounding places.
International Coir Museum
Coir Board had established an International Coir Museum in the Diamond Jubilee year, by depicting the historical events and evolution of technological advancements made in Coir Sector.
The International Coir Museum is established for showcasing the coir industry over the ages with the latest developments which has brought in a revolution. This museum is a beauty spot in the tourist map of Alleppey.
The museum also show cases the traditional processes and development of coir industry, including retting and fibre extraction, advent of mechanization in coir sector etc.A short video film takes the visitors through the world of coir over the ages and gives information on the origin and growth of the industry and the latest developments made through research and development. This will give sweet memories on coir industry.
Cruising on our Alappuzha houseboat is an experience in itself, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala, and especially the unique, exotic beauty of the backwaters, to the fullest.
The backwaters have a unique ecosystem thanks to the saline ocean waters mingling with fresh water from the rivers, lakes and canals; the variety of fish and other aquatic animals, birds and flora are not found anywhere else.