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Fact Files : Alleppey
District : Alleppey
Area : 1414 Sq. Km
Known As : Alappuzha
Best Time to Visit : Monsoon deals are Expensive. Visit anytime during rest of year
To See : Backwaters, Alleppey Houseboats, Sree Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzha.
Most Famous For : Backwaters, Houseboat Stay.
Don't Miss : Snake Boat Race held on Second Saturday of August.
Must Experience : Backwaters of Alleppey.
Getting Around : Karumadi Kuttan - 4kms, Thakazhi's Village, St. George Forane Church, Chakkalathukavu Bhagavati Temple, Haripad Subrahmanya Temple, Mannarsala Nagaraja, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy.
Getting There : Air -Nearest Airport Cochin – 64 kms to the North. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is 159 kms to the South.
Rail - Alleppey Railway Station. Linked to cities like Cochin, Chennai, Kolkota, Bangalore and Bokaro. 5 kms away from Bus Stand and Ferry Station.
Road - Alappuzha is on the N-H-47 highway and is Connected to all important Towns of South India.
Inside Tip : While staying in Houseboats, take precautions as there is water all around. Make use of Life saving jackets and abide by the instructions of the tour guides.
Important Distances : Kottayam – 50 km, Kozhikode – 287 kms, Thrissur – 144 km, Thekkady – 164 km, Kollam – 87 km, Trivandrum – 159 kms, Cochin – 64 kms, Bangalore – 629 kms, Munnar – 192 kms.
Where to Eat : Pal Payasam (Milk Kheer)
Staying Options : Punnamada Backwater Resort, Palmgrove Lake Resort, Lake Palace Resort, Kovilakam Lakeside Villa.
Enjoy holidays in Alleppey. Despite its small town appearance, Alappuzha has an impressive history. The port is said to have been built by Raja Keshava Das, the Dewan of Travancore, in the early 18th century. A noble hand came from James Darraigh, an Irishman, who is credited to have introduced the coir industry to the town. The story about how they brought technicians from Bengal to teach locales the art of spinning coir, now enjoys a legendary status here. Today, rubber plantations may have more commercial value but the tradition continues. Among the fisherfolk, you'll find women working on coir and magically moulding it into ropes or mats. Many a tale has been spun around this yarn, and like the story of Alappuzha itself, each tale is to enjoyed and remembered. Some are incredible, but true. History is so near here, that you feel like touching it. When a rice mill came up in 1980, it called for a major celebration. And when a railway track was laid in the early nineties, it was considered an astounding event!
Enjoy famous backwater tours of Alleppey in Kerala. The highlight of Alappuzha tourism is the backwaters where you will feel quite comfortable in choosing your itinerary. One will find Alleppey's boat jetty on the Punnamada backwaters, crowded with numerous houseboat and backwater operators.
Ask them for a houseboat and make it your mobile home for as long as you like, or book yourself into one of the resorts that follow, and get yourself a speedboat or motorboat to get you around. What follows are several stops along the backwaters - resorts, temples, museums and villages where snake boats are made.
Tourists can enjoy a one-night tour to Kumarakom which will include a magnificent trip through the SNDP canal, Kuppapuram, C'Block, R'block, Vembanad Lake, Punnamada Lake, Kumarakom Lake resort, Whisphering palms, Coconut Lagoons, and a enticing video tour of the popular Snake Boat Race of Alleppey. Another one night tour is made to Alumkadavu and is more suitable for people who want to stay close to nature. Visit the ancient Buddhist shrine of Karrumadikuttan, the only Buddhist temple in Kerala and the Vallicavu Amrithanadhamayi Ashram. Enjoy a night halt at Kayyamkulam Pozhy, where you can savour a mug of herbal tea while gazing at the setting sun. See a magical play of colours behind the Chinese fishing nets.
If leisure is your prime corridor to enjoyment, you can happily go for a 2-3 day cruise on the backwaters. This is indeed a memorable experience when you will be surounded by green only, far from the outstretched hands of modernity. The cruise generally contours major destinations like Kochi or a circular trip, i.e Alleppey to Alleppey. The later is more convenient as you will end up where you have started, with a slight difference that now, you will have enough memory to cherish throughout your life.
Enjoy trips to Alleppey an visit the 18th century Krishnapuram Palace built during the reign of Marthanda Varma, situated at 47 km from the downtown. This double storeyed structure displays elegant but unique characteristics of Kerala architecture - gabled roofs, dormar windows and narrow corridors winding all over the palace like petrified snakes crawling around. Have a look at the largest mural painting in Kerala called the Gajendra Moksham, a 14 feet by 11 feet work of art housed at the western end of the ground floor.
Plan a trip to Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple - situated at Harippad, 32 km south of Alleppey - a serpent shrine under the patronage of a 'Brahman' family, headed by a priestess. This is one of the most famous travel attractions of Alleppey. Legend has it that the presiding deity Lord Nagraja, born from the first priestess of Mannarasala as a five-headed snake, is an incarnation of Vishnu with the spirit of Shiva.
The green island of Pathiramanal is an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise. According to mythology, a young brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions when the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating this enchanting island of Pathiramanal (sands of night). Accessed by boat only this small patch of land is a favoured haven for hundreds of native and migratory birds. You can capture some good photographs here.