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Alleppey - Venice Of The East

DISTANCE - From Cannanore 369 KM, From Thekkedy 155 KM , Trichur 139 KM, Cochin 64 KM, Bangalore 629 KM, Munnar 192 KM

CONNECTION

By Air: The nearest airport is Cochin, 64 km to the north; Trivandrum International Airport is 159 km to the south.

By Rail: Alleppey has recently been linked to Cochin by rail. The Alleppey Railway Station is 5 km from the central bus stand and the boat jetty.

By Road: Alleppey is on the NH 47 highway and is connected to all-important towns in south India by public state transport buses.

ABOUT ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA)
Alleppey (Alappuzha) is a District of enormous natural beauty in Kerala. Today, Alappuzha has grown in consequence as a Backwater Tourist Centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year.It is also famous for boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir products. It ia also known as the Venice of The East. For a total Alappuzha experience traverse the canals on small vallams (Boats) or anchor in the middle of the backwater lakes on a Kettuvallam (rice boat converted to cozy house boats) - spend the night under the star lit sky, listening to the splash of water on to the boat. Arrive at the 'Venice of East' for the time in your life. A holiday on the best-known port of the Malabar Coast is an unparalleled experience. Alleppey or Alappuzha is one of the much visited backwater destinations of Kerala. Here you can go holiday sailing on a houseboat (kettuvallam) or catch a glimpse of the rustic lifestyle of the people. Capture the countryside at its best with the vibrant villages that will fall on your way. Get greeted by flocks of ducks. Watch the entire process of coir making in this land full of coconut canopies and be mesmerized by the magic of the rich greenery all over the place.

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA)
Alappuzha Beach : Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alleppey. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years old.

Artungal Perunal : The annual festival of the St. Andrews Forane Chuch at Arthunkal near Alleppey is held in the month of January. This ten-day festival held in the name of St. Sebastian is attended by thousands of devotees from all parts of the State.

Pathiramanal Beach : The little island of Pathiramanal, on the Backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the land.

Kuttanad : Kuttanad is an expanse of water-logged land lying below sea level. It bears strong resemblance to Holland in terms of geographical features.

Punappra : A short distance from Alleppey, this village has been rendered famous by the heroic struggles between the communists and Travancore State Police.

Alleppey Backwater Cruises : Alleppey Backwater are a perfect place to spend your holiday away from the hectic daily life. Sailing back and experiencing the nature softly passing you by, in form of blue waters, green pastures and coconut grooves offers you the most enthralling experience on the Alleppey backwaters tour.

Alleppey Boat Races : Alleppey Nehru Boat Races is one of the most colorful boat races in Kerala. It is held on the second Saturday in the month of August annually in the Punnamuda Lake in Alleppey. The boats of all size and shapes are decorated with the beautiful trimmings and umbrellas. These boats vary from 30 to 60 meters that can accommodate around 100 rowers, 4 helmsmen and 25 cheer leaders.

Thakazhi's Village : The village of Thakazhi is most famous for the late novelist Thakazhi Sivasankaran Pillai, who belonged to the same village. Most of the people recognized his personality, through the film Chemmeen, which is based on his novel of the same name, portraying the tale of romance and tragedy among the fisher folk of the Alleppey coast. Sivasankaran Pillai's house has now been converted into the museum housing the author's award, his personal effects, pen, spectacles and typewriter.

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA)
St Gorge Forane Church, Edathua : Edathua is well known for its St Gorge Forane Church, situated on the banks of Manimala, 12 kms from Thiruvalla and 29 kms from Alleppey. The church was built in the year 1810 and is quite famous in Kerala.

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. Ambalapuzha Temple : It is 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.

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.

Mannarshala Temple : It is situated at a distance of 32 kms from Alleppey. Mannarshala covers an area of 16 acres of dense green forest grove devoted to serpent worship. The temple here is unique in that the holy rites are presided over by a priestess.

WHEN TO GO ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA)
The best time to visit this beautiful and enchanting place of Kerala is from August to March. The weather In these season are quite favorable for the visitors having its nature of tropical one.

WEATHER FORECAST

The weather In Alleppey is tropical and humid.

Rainfall-299 cm (annual).  Winter-Max: 32°C Min: 20°C .Summer-Max: 35°C, Min: 22.5°C

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA)
Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada : A prolific event of the state, Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most celebrated and far-famed Boat Race held in the month of August.

Champakulam Moolam Boat Race : A native boat race of Kerala, Champakulam Boat Race is historied for long. Held on a special occasions, it marks an auspicious occurrence of the first boat race in the season.

Payippad Jalotsavam :  A kind of another boat race, Payippad Jalotsavam is conducted on river Payippad, on the way to Haripad. Folk dances, cultural and art performances rendered by celebrated artists are intrinsic part of this festival.

Chettikulangara Bharani :  Feted in the month of February/March, the Chettikulangara Bharani is celebrated in almost all the Bhagwathy Temples. The beautifully decked deities of the temples are taken out on wheeled chariots among the people. The procession then is accompanied by youthful celebration of dances and gung ho crowd.

Navarathri` and `Thaipooyakavadi` Festival : ‘Navarathri’ and ‘Thaipooyakavadi’ are widely celebrated in Mullackal Rajeshwari Temple. Nine days of Navarathri celebrated here is draw for many.

Sree Krishnaswamy Temple Festival : The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Krishna and temple festival is celebrated in the month of March/April. Sweet milk porridge is offered to the deity during the time of the festival which is famous in and out of Kerala too.

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA)
In Alleppey, most eateries serve vegetarian food. That does not mean that the meat eater goes hungry! There are a few places catering to your taste. A word of advice: you must drink a lot of readily available coconut water.

Besides quenching thirst, it gives you an instant energy boost. For those who love to snack, the freshly fried banana chips, from pepper flavoured to plain salted, are a boon.Vembanad Restaurant, Hotel Rajas, Annapurna,Arun, Chakara Restaurant, Hot Kitchen, Hotel Aryas, Indian Coffee House, Royal Park Hotel, Sree Durga Bhavan Udipi Hotel, Vembanad Restaurant etc are some of the popular Indian cuisine serving centres of this beautiful place.

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