With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Alappuzha is one of the most important tourist centres in the state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet “Venice of the east”. Today, Alappuzha has grown in importance as a Backwater Tourist Center, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its Boat races, Houseboat Holidays, Beaches, Marine Products and Coir Industry. It has a famous beach in Alappuzha and picnic spot with a children’s park and boating facilities for entertainment. The old lighthouse also adds to the beauty of this beach. This beautiful beach is popular among the locals as well as the visitors. The Vijaya Beach Park is an added attraction along with the old lighthouse. The Sea view Park has boating facility and a swimming pool.
The Alappuzha beach has a beautiful garden on the shore that lends exclusivity. Imposing buildings portraying its colonial past overlooks the shore. The midland is also bed of the famous river Pamba and also enjoys a special place among the different tourist spots of Kerala as it hosts two celebrated boat races- ‘Moolam Vallamkali’ at Champakkulam and ‘Nehru Trophy Vallam Kali’ at Punnamadakayal. The place is also historically important as it has been the capital of the ancient Chempakassery Kingdom. What makes the place even more attractive is that it is the connection link of Kottayam – Kochi – Kollam vide the backwaters. Alappuzha that boasts of being home to the oldest Sri Krishna temple. The famous St. George Church has been erected and is one of the best known Christian pilgrim centers of India. There is even a famous statue of Buddha (way back to the 11th century). The many temples and churches that flourish side by side depict the city as a perfect instance of religious harmony!
A few hours off at the lovely beach at Alappuzha Beach is an exhilarating experience you should not miss. Along the sandy stretch one can find sea piers that are over a hundred years old. There is also a huge light houses in the beach. The amazing Vijaya Beach Park and the Sea View Park are other attractions in close vicinity.
This place earns its fame from the elegant Ambalapuzha Krishna temple and, believe it or not, for a sweet dish- the Ambalappuzha payasam, that is served at the temple. The temple structure is beautifully built and is a splendid specimen of Kerala architecture and craftsmanship. There is a grand festival celebrated at the temple premises every March.
Kuttanad has become synonymous with the word backwaters, and so is a must visit spot when one plans a holiday to Kerala- the land that is much known for its marvelous backwaters. Along the coast of the vast expanse of lakes, canals, rivers that cover most of Kuttanad, one can observe nuances of rural Kerala life styles.Kerala Tour – Alappuzha
The acres of well maintained paddy field in Kuttanad, a place several feet below sea level, adds more greenery to the perfect picture the place showcases.
– (15 kms north of Krishnapuram Palace, and 32 km before Alappuzha)
Mannarssala has a sacred place among those who believe in the powers of Nagaraja or the serpent king. It is also faintly mentioned in the great epic, the Mahabharata.. The temple here is one of the most revered sites for snake worship in Kerala. Some families even today worship the snake god and perform special rituals for them.
The temple complex encompasses many shrines, each built in typical Kerala style; and there are numerous skillfully crafted idols of different snakes, the snake king and his queen.
This is an exquisite piece of land just a few kilometers off Alappuzha. A trip to the place would be your chance to observe several exotic species of birds that fly in from far and wide.
Arthunkal St. Andrew’s Church
The Arthunkal St. Andrew’s Church is one of the famous Christian houses of worship in the district. There is a grand feast organized by the church authorities every January in memory of St. Sebastian.
This place is famous for the temple at Champakulam. Still better known is the fantastic celebration at the temple every year. An interesting procession of elegant water floats and boats decked with colourful parasols carrying idols of the deity moves about the water surface. People also render performances on these boats. Boat races are also held in connection with the celebration. Most famous is the Champakulam Moolam Boat Race- the oldest snake boat race in Kerala. The annual boat race is held in June-July.