Interesting tourist attractions of Alleppey

The ‘Venice of the East’ – Alleppey or Alappuzha as it is called locally is supposed to be the oldest planned city in this region. The lighthouse on the coast of this city is the first of its kind along the Laccadive Sea coast. Alleppey is a beautiful city with canals and beaches and wonderful experiences. Some attractions in store for a visitor are the following.

Houseboat

Houseboats used for backwater tourism are known as ‘Kettuvalloms’. They were traditionally used for transporting materials from interior villages to towns and back. With modern transport facilities Kettuvalloms are no longer used for merchandise transport, rather are now a major tourist attraction. On a Kettuvallom once can explore the serene beauty of the backwaters, relax in the ever flowing cool caressing wind.

Kerala Houseboat Cruise

Snakeboat race

vallamkali

The biggest water vessel used for sports is the Chundan Vallam,- the snake boat. The 100–120 feet long canoes made of a wood locally called “Aanjili thadi” are used for the ‘vallam kali’ or the boat race. These boats carry 90 – 110 rowers who time their paddles as per the fast beat performed by the artists in the boat. The vessel moving swiftly like a snake through the channels (hence the name), is an exciting spectacle.The most famous among the snake boat races is the Nehru Trophy boat race named after India’s former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. It is conducted on the second day of August every year.

Vembanad Lake

Vembanad is the longest and one of the largest in lake in India. Many rivers join the lake making it deep and wide. It spans several districts and is a homogenous algae rich lake. There is a saltwater barrier built to prevent saltwater intrusion in this lake and the difference between brackish and the freshwater is clearly seen. It is called by different names in different districts. In Kochi it is the ‘Kochi Kayal’ and in Kuttanad it is the ‘Punnamada Kayal’.

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Punnamada Lake

Pathiramanal

Punnamada Lake part of Vembanad Lake is surrounds by three main islands of Kerala, Pathiramanal, Perumbalam and Pallippuram. These are on the widest part of the lake about 14km. The lake covers about 40% of the area of Kerala state and 30% of the total surface water resource of Kerala becoming the largest surface water ecosystem of India. The Nehru Trophy Boat race is held every year in here. Thousands of people come to enjoy the exciting event. Backwater cruise through the Punnamada Lake gives one the beautiful sights of paddy fields, coconut palm grooves, glimpses of rural village life’s etc.

Shikara Boats

Shikara is a boat which can seat up to 20 tourists at a time. It is smaller than the houseboats and is meant for cruising relaxed through the backwaters wherein huge vessels cannot go. While cruising so tourists can see the village life closely and if possible can enjoy the local cuisine – famous fish curries and dishes made in the Keralite style.

Shikkara Boat Alleppey

Kuttanad

Kuttanad

It is a region covering Alappuzha, Kottayam , and Pathanathitta districts in Kerala. The largest rice producing area in Kerala, it is the only place in the world where rice is cultivated 4 to 10 feet below sea level. Pammba, Achankovil, Meenachil and Manimala flows through the region. Kuttanad was once covered with dense forests which was burnt down a large forest fire. The present name is supposed have originated from this-Chutta (burnt) nadu . Many places in Kuttanad one can see the traditional way of irrigating the fields – the chakram or the wheels

Canals

The canals crisscrossing the town links to the Vembanad Lake is one best exposure a visitor can have to the rustic lifestyle of the villages. Sights of the day to day activities like fishing, men and women in the paddy fields, large flocks of ducks being shepherded, coir making etc. are memorable experiences.

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Aleppey to Kollam tourist boat trips

Alappuzha Ferry

You can board the boat from either Kollam or Alleppey . The trip usually starts around 10.30 am and finish at 6.30 pm. The round trip takes about 8 hours. This route which covers rivers canals lagoons estuaries is the longest backwater route of Kerala. The reporting time is 10 am at Southern Back waters near Alleppy KSRTC Bus stand. Sites en-route includes green paddy fields, traditional fishing operations, coconut plantations. People wishing to visit Matha Amrithanandamayi’s Ashram may get down enroute. That being the case the present ticket for the journey can also be used at a 

later date. One can also visit the 10th century Karumadikkuttan statue. Many interesting legends are associated with this statue and differ as to whether it is Buddha or Jain statue.

Aleppey beaches

Alappuzha Lighthouse stands near the Allapuzha beach and one can see the remains of the sea bridge reminder of the bygone days. It is favorite location for movie shooting. Being close to the sea Alappuzha has an important place in Kerala’s maritime tradition and history.
Marari Beach is located in the little village of Mararikkulam about 11 km from the town of Alleppy. It has a railway station by the same name. Well connected by road, NH 47 passes through about 5km to the east of Mararikkulam. The beach is clean safe for swimming. The Natural Geographic Survey has rated this as one of the top five Hammock Beach.

Alleppey Beach

Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple

Ambalappuzha Temple

Built during 15th-17th century AD it is one of the legendary temples in Kerala. The deity here is the Parthasarathy – the charioteer depicted as with Conch in the left hand and Whip in the right hand. The association to Guruvayoor originates from the history that when Tippu Sultan raided the land the idol of Sreekrishna was brought here for safekeeping. One of the main offerings of the temple is ‘palppayasam’ – milk dessert and it is believed that Guruvayurappan comes here during the offering of palppayasam to enjoy it..