Alappuzha or Alleppey is one of the popular backwater tourist
destinations of Kerala. More often referred to as the 'Venice of the
East', Alleppey is a place of immense natural beauty.
Tourist attractions in Alleppey
Alleppey is a pivotal point, if you want to embark on trips into Kerala's famous backwaters. Between Quilon in the south and Kottayam in the east, tourists will find scenic palm-lined banks,
quiet water-bound villages and islands. The backwater cruise starts
from Alleppey and ends at Jetty. While on the cruise, tourists can view
an entire landscape filled with beautiful monuments, temples, churches
and cottage industries of Alappuzha. Check out the following
attractions in Alleppey.
The 10th century Karumadikkuttan statue is a black
granite figure of Buddha located at this village of Karumadikkuttan. It
is interesting to note that there are many legends connected to this
idol. The Dalai Lama worshipped this shrine when he visited Kerala.
The Alappuzha Beach also doubles up as a picnic spot. It has a
beautifully laid out garden on the shore along with entertainment
facilities. The Vijaya Beach Park has boating facilities and a
children's play area with toy trains and bicycles. The pier that
extends into the sea is almost 140 years old. The beach has dense palm
groves at one end and a towering lighthouse on the other.
as the 'rice bowl of Kerala', Kuttanad is perhaps the only region in
the world where farming is done below seal level. Kuttanad has inland
waterways flowing above land level. The region is also famous for its banana and yam plantations.
Boat races of Alleppey
Alleppey is the headquarters for many boat races held during August and
September every year. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada, the
Aranmula Snake Boat Race, the Payippad near Harippad, the Thiruvandoor,
Neerettupuram, Karuvatta and Thaikkoottam boat races are all held in
different parts of Alleppey. Snake boat races are the most famous
in Alleppey. The boat race festival is inaugurated with a splendid
profession accompanied by singing and is a feast to the eyes.
What to do in Alleppey
Go on a backwater cruise. Choose from many interesting routes and each one is more enchanting than the other.
Take an excursion to nearby historical sites and scenic spots like Pathiramanal, supposed to have the largest lake in Asia.
Visit any of the pilgrimage centers in the area also popular for effective Ayurvedic treatments.
Visit Alleppey during the boat festival and watch this spectacular event unfold before your eyes.
How to reach
The nearest airport is at Cochin. Tourists can connect to Cochin and
Trivandrum by train (Alleppey Railway Station) as well as road.
Alleppey is also linked by boat service through the backwaters to
Quilon, Changanassery, Kottayam, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kovalam and
Alleppey is famous for its coir products and carpets, in addition to pepper, coconut oil, areca nut, cardamom and sugar.
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