Location of Alleppey
64 Km North Of Kochi (Kerala)
Also Known As
Nehru Boat Race, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mannarshala Temple
Best Season to Visit Alleppey
August to March
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is one of the most magnificent backwater sites of India. Located in the southern state of Kerala, Alleppey has shot into fame for its famous boat race.
The coir industry here also produces coir of a very high quality. The Dutch and the Portuguese were the initial rulers of the place.
Later, Maharaja Marthandavarma came to power and tremendously developed the infrastructure of the place. This also resulted in the establishment of a number of coir factories.
The climate of this small town is temperate and the months of August-September and February-March are ideal for a visit to this place.
BACKWATERS OF ALLEPPEY
The centre for Backwater Cruises in Kerala, the Backwaters of Alleppey can be best experienced in a country boat. Alleppey is a bustling, messy town of ramshackle wood and corrugalated roof houses, chiefly significant in the Coir industry.
The large network of canals provides Alleppey its lifeline. It has a spectacular long sandy beach. At one end are the dense palm groves that are so characteristic of Kerala's landscape.
WHAT TO SEE IN ALLEPPEY
TEMPLES IN ALLEPPEY
14 kms from Alleppey, the Sreekrishna Temple here is worth seeing. The temple boasts of its classic temple architecture and its 'Palpayasam' (sweet milk porridge), offered to the deity. The temple's main festival occurs in March/April. It was in this temple that the 16th century poet Kunjan Nabbiar staged his first Ottam Thullal, a solo dance performance based on social themes. more...
Chettikulangara Bhagwathy Temple
The Bhadrakali deity is said to have miraculous power. The temple is abuzz with activity in the months of February and March on the occasion of Bharani.
Mannarshala Temple: 32 kms, near Harippad, the temple here is an important centre of serpent worship in Kerala. On the day of Ayilyam, in the months of September and October, thousands assemble to worship the serpent god
CHURCHES OF ALLEPPEY
Arthunkal : It is a famous pilgrim centre, known for its St. Andrew's church set up by Portuguese missionaries. The church is popularly known as St. Sebastian's. It was built by the Portuguese missionaries in 1851 AD.
PALACES IN ALLEPPEY
Krishnapuram Palace : The palace is located at a distance of 47 kms, at Kayamkulam, on the way to Kollam. The double storeyed palace contains one of the greatest Mural panels in Kerala. The 18th century Krishnapuram Palace with its gabled roofs, dormer windows, and narrow corridors, built during the reign of the Travancore monarch, Marthanda Varma, is a typical example of Kerala Architecture.
EXCURSIONS FROM ALLEPPEY
Its an island in Vembanad Lake. It's an ideal place for fishing and bird watching.
Alappuzha Beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years old.
A short distance from Alleppey, this village has been rendered famous by the heroic struggles between the communists and Travancore State Police.
: It is an expanse of waterlogged land, lying below sea
level. It bears strong resemblance to Holland, geographically.
Air - Nearest International Airports : Kochi (Nedumbassery - 85 km). Thiruvananthapuram (150 kms).
Rail - Well connected to Major Cities.
Road - An excellent road network links the district to all major towns and cities in india.
Linked by boat service through the back waters to Quilon(8 Hrs), Changanacherry(3 hrs), Kumarakom(3 hr), Cochin(4 hrs), Kumarakom(2 hrs), Chengannor, etc.