Nehru Trophy Boat Race
St. Andrews Church, Arthunkal
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
Welcome to Alappuzha(Alleppey),
Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a district in the Indian state of Kerala. This is considered to be the oldest planned town in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the town is the first of its kind along the Arabian coast.
Alappuzha is an important tourist destination famous for picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons in India. It was described as the one of the places known as "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin towards north which are other famous spots in the state. Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India.
Alappuzha Beach is a beach in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, India. The beach has a small park nearby. Alappuzha Lighthouse stands near the beach which is also an interesting spot for tourists. The Sea Bridge enabled the passage of goods came via ships. The beach is one of the best beach locations for movies. The beach usually has a good visitor rush from all over India and most of the European countries.
The Alappuzha Lighthouse is situated in the coastal town of Alappuzha, Kerala. It was built in 1862 and is a major tourist attraction. Alappuzha, the place where India's Alleppey Lighthouse stands, was one of the busiest ports and trade centers of Kerala.
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple in Ambalappuzha in Alapuzha district of Kerala, in south India. The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built in the year AD 790 by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran. The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasarthi with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. During the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. This sweet pudding made of rice and milk has an interesting mythological legend behind it.It is believed that Guruvayoorappan reaches here daily at the time of Palpayasa Nedyam to have it.
The backwaters act as a vital waterway for the transport of goods, people and their produce are often the only link between isolated villages and crowded towns. In Kerala, the total expanse of backwater stretches over 1500 kms, with a network of 44 rivers, lagoons and lakes from north to south. Alleppey which forms the main part of this network has the peculiar geographical feature of having the water in level with the land. This gives the advantage of getting a closer look at the village life on shore while on a backwater ride.
A glide in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either sides of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this unique land. The sparkling water and the caressing cool wind is a temptation too strong to resist. Country boats of various types crisscross the path with passengers from all walks of Kerala's rural life ranging from milkman and newspaper boy to local politicians, priests and wedding parties. It is a unique experience as this is as close as one can get to feel the vibrant life in the countryside of god's own country.
Chengannur is situated on the banks of river Pampa. Though the temple here is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati, it is better known as Bhagavathi shrine. Legends say that sage Agastya had his ashram on the hillside here. Shiva and Parvati, after their marriage at Mount Kailash, came to visit the sage, who could not attend the divine wedding. Aranmula temple Alappuzha, Kerala, South India Aaraattu and Thiruputtu festival take place. During these ceremonies the image is taken in a procession to river Pampa for the ritual. The devotees consider it auspicious to witness this event. Chengannur is also revered as one of the 51 Shakti Peetas, where a part of Sati`s body fell after the Daksha Yaga.
Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is one of the most renowned temples in Kerala. The temple is located at Chettikulangara in Mavelikkara taluk of Alappuzha district in the south Indian state of Kerala. One important aspect of the Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is that the deity appears as Maha Saraswathi in the morning, as Maha Lakshmi at noon and Sri Durga or Bhadrakali in the evening. The 1200-year-old temple has 13 Karas (territories). The temple is at the centre of the oldest four Karas-Erezha South, Erezha North, Kaitha South and Kaitha North and the rest of the Karas Kannamangalam South, Kannamangalam North, Pela, Kadavoor, Anjilipra, Mattam North, Mattam South, Menampally and Nadakkavu surround this temple.
This is the second largest temple in terms of income under the control of Travancore Devaswom Board, second only next to Sabarimala. It is estimated that the temple has earnings worth many crores per year. In 2009 it earned around 1.7 crore Rupees from a single type of offering called Chanthattam. A major part of the Nellu offered to the Bhagavathi is also used to make Appam and Aravana prasadams at Sabarimala. The income from the temple is also helpful to run the daily rituals and Poojas at various temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board.
Established in 1810, the church 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.
Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the Kettuvalloms went off the scene. Now these kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.
A house boat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The main wood used is "Anjili". The house boats have fully furnished single and double rooms with sundeck, private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with WC. In addition there is also separate rest room for the crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef and two oarsmen. The cuisine is traditional Kerala flavour with the local specialities; delicious fish and prawns. There are single bedroom houseboats for two people and two bedroom houseboats for four people.
Surrounded by brackish water and lush paddy fields, the village is popular for its Karumadi Kuttanm - a black quartz statue of Buddha said to belong to the 9th or 10th century, standing by the side of the public canal. Historians are of the opinion that Buddhism prevailed prominently in Kerala in the 9th and 10th century, and the idol stands testimony to this. In fact, there are many interesting traditions related to the Buddha statue and attracts archaeologists and travelers to Karumadi each year. During his visit to Kerala in 1965, the Dalai Lama stopped by to worship at this ancient shrine. And since then it has been declared a protected monument. The half broken statue is unique in itself, legend has it that an elephant charged towards this statue and broke the right half. Besides, the fact that the statue is made of black quartz makes it more unusual since quartz is usually associated with gray color. A truly fascinating relic from the Buddha age in Kerala, it is worth taking some time out from your sightseeing excursion in Alleppey!
The Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Allepey in Alappuzha district, Kerala in southwestern India. It was built in the 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the Travancore kingdom. It is built in the architectural style of Kerala with gabled roof, narrow corridor and dormer windows, near the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram. The double edged Kayamkulam Vaal (sword) is also on display here. The palace houses, in its courtyard, one of the four statues of Buddha found in Alappuzha District.
Kuttanad is a region in the Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam Districts, in the state of Kerala, India, well known for its picturesque vast paddy fields and its geographical peculiarities. It's the region with the lowest altitude in India, and one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. It's also one of the historically important places in the ancient history of South India.
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is a very ancient and internationally-known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods (Nagaraja). The famous Nagaraja temple "Mannarasala" is nestled in a forest glade, like most snake temples. The Mannarasala Temple has over 30,000 images of snakes along the paths and among the trees, and is the largest such temple in Kerala. Women seeking fertility come to worship here, and upon the birth of their child come to hold thanksgiving ceremonies here, often bringing new snake images as offerings. A special turmeric paste which is available at the temple is credited with curative powers. The temple is located in Alappuzha district of Kerala.
Muhamma is a beautiful 'census town' located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. Muhamma is an idyllic tourist destination as the famous island Pathiramanal is easily accessible from here by boat. The tourists can enjoy the lush greenery of Muhamma and this makes it a paradise for all nature lovers. The crystal clear water of Vembanad lends serenity to the ambience of Muhamma. Kuttanad and Kumarakom are the other major attractions around Muhamma.
Mullakkal Goddess Temple is a very interesting temple to visit at morning. Please make sure that there is somebody with you to advice you to follow the customs in the temple. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Rajarajeswari. The nine day Navratri festival celebrated is of special significance. The temple is managed and owned by Kerala Devasom Board. The Mullakkal Devi Temple, in the centre of the town, is linked to the legends of the goddess who is believed to have appeared at the site many times to care for a jasmine plant. Each year there is a 41 day festival called Mullakkal Chirappu out of which last 12 days are the most important, the festival starts by mid November and ends by last Week of December.
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, India. Vallam Kali or Vallamkali literally means boat play/game, but can be translated to boat race in English. The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (snake boats). Hence the race is also known as Snake Boat Race in English. This is held every year since 1952.
The Pamba River (also called Pampa river) is the third longest river in the South Indian state of Kerala after Periyar and Bharathappuzha and the longest river in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. Sabarimala temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is located on the banks of the river Pamba. The Pamba is considered as the Dakshina Ganga (Southern Ganges) due to its association with Kerala's Largest Pilgrim Centre - Sabarimala. The River Pamba enriches the lands of Pathanamthitta District and the Kuttanand area of Alappuzha District
Pandavan Rock is the stage for the enactment of the hordes of mythological stories one might have heard from the ancient epic of Mahabharata. Legend has it that the Pancha Pandavas had made a home of this cave in their wanderings in the forests during their exile, making this a mythological as well as a historical tourist spot. The cave has, of course, changed its appearance to a tiny hillock with the passage in time; don't expect to find a hollow cave with its walls covered in pictographic script!
This little island which is popularly known as `sands of midnight` on the backwaters is a favorite visit of hundred of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat. There is one mythological story behind the naming of the place. This can be said as once upon a time a young Brahmin plunged into the Vembanadu lake to perform his evening washings and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating the attracting island of Pathiramanal.
This is mainly described as broad areas of Land have been altered from the backwaters and are protected by dams built all around. Here cultivation and habitation are made possible four to ten feet below Sea Level. These regions stand as the insignia of the wonderful agricultural engineering of Kerela while reminding the tourists of the legendary "dikes of Holland".
St. Andrews Church in Arthinkal is about 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Alleppey town (near Cherthala), set up by the Portuguese missionaries in 1581. The church is one of the oldest in Kerala, but for this great church there is nothing remarkable about the village of Arthinkal. The deity here is that of St. Sebastian, and the church comes under the Latin order. According to legend, in Arthinkal many Christians lived in their traditional way, and were not baptized as there weren't any church or priest. Later, in 1579 they got permission from the Moothedathu landlords to build a church, and a thatched hut was built with only a cross inside. When the Portuguese missionaries arrived here in 1581, they baptized these Christians into the Latin rite and installed the idol of Santha Anthrose (St. Andrews).
St. Marys Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church is an ancient Christian Church in Champakulam town of Alappuzha District in Kerala. It belongs to the Syro-Malabar Church under the archeparchy of Changanacherry. It is a Forane church, with several Parishes under it.
St. Thomas sailed to Kokkothamangalam where he preached the gospel for about a year. 1600 people embraced Christian faith through him according to the narration in "Rampan Pattu", an ancient form of Syrian Christian folk-song prevalent in Kerala. He formed a Syrian Christian community at Kokkothamangalam and enshrined a Cross for the faithful. The people of Kokkothamangalam and nearby places venerate St. Thomas as their beloved heavenly patron.
The Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple at Haripad is one among the three oldest temples of Kerala. Daily a number of devotees come to this holy shrine. It is believed that the temple was established even before the advert of 'Kaliyuga'. It is one of the most prestigious centres of pilgrimage in South India, and is an excellent example of Southern architecture. The image of the deity with four arms is also the biggest of the kind. It is believed to have been originally worshipped by Parashurama. The temple was destroyed by fire in 1921. It was rebuilt with the anakottil (elephant's head), kuttambalam, and a big tank. There are two legends connected with the origin of this temple. One is based on the story mentioned in the 'Skandapurana' and the other is related to the payippad Snake-boat race.
Vembanad Lake (Vembanad Kayal or Vembanad Kol) is India's longest lake, and is the largest lake in the state of Kerala. It is also one of the largest lakes in India. The Vembanad wetland system covers an area of over 1512 km?. The lake is bordered by Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Ernakulam districts. It lies at sea level, and is separated from the Arabian Sea by a narrow barrier island. Canals link the lake to other coastal lakes to the north and south. Several rivers flow into the lake, including the Achenkovil, Manimala, Meenachil, Muvattupuzha, Pamba and Periyar. The lake surrounds the islands of Pathiramanal, Perumbalam and Pallippuram. The Vembanad Lake is approximately 14 kilometres wide at its widest point. The lake is a part of Vembanad-Kol wetland system which extends from Alappuzha in the south to Azheekkode in the north, making it by far, India's longest lake at just over 96.5 km in length.
The park located on the southern side of the Alappuzha beach is mainly for children. Kids could take a ride in the toy train available or the bicycles provided by the park. The park is open from 3pm - 8pm. Boating facility is also available in the park.
- Some Towns : Komalapuram, Kokkothamangalam, Kayamkulam, Mavelikkara, Karthikappally etc.
- Rivers and Lakes : Manimala, Achankovil, Kayamkulam Lake etc.