Alappuzha (Alleppey) 'Venice of the East' is one of the
exotic backwater location, which lies in south Indian state of
in India. Alappuzha offers a
kaleidoscopic overview of the natural beauty, with the Arabian Sea on the
west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers
crisscrossing it. More than 400 houseboats ply the backwaters of Alappuzha.
Best time to Visit :
The temperature of Alleppey is generally hot and humid during the summer
season, while during the months it is more pleasant. The average temperature
ranges from 22°C to 35°C in summer and 20°C to 32°C
during winters. The best time to plan out the holiday trip to the Alappuzha
backwaters lies between the month of August -September and February to
Tourists activities :
Village Visit :
Tourists can make a visit to the local villages to witness a completely
different lifestyle of the people that you have never experienced before.
You may find men holding meetings in the village, women busy with their home
managements, fishermen anxiously searching for the fishes, and the tourists
enjoying the backwater cruises.
Yoga and Meditation :
On the tour to the Alappuzha
Backwaters rejuvenate yourself with the various herbal massages. You can
also attend the early morning session of the Yoga and Meditation organized
by the team of experts.
Fishing and angling :
Tourists can avail the service of fishing and angling at the Alappuzha
backwaters and experience the exotic life of the Kerala's Backwaters, and
indulge in nature walk. You can also visit the home of the local keralite
family for tea or for the private cooking class. People in Kerala are really
warm hearted people.
Wildlife Adventure :
Apart from all this, wildlife lovers can make a trip to the Alleppey
Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the best place to see the wilds in their
natural habitats. You can also visit the Pathiramanal Island, which is the
famous birding site among the tourists. It is home to the hundred of
domestic and migratory birds.
Popular Tourists Attractions :
Alappuzha Boat Races :
Alappuzha Backwaters is the picturesque setting for the colourful Nehru
Trophy Boat Race conducted at the Punnamad Lake in the month of August every
Year. It is the most popular boat races in the Kerala attracting thousand of
visitors around the globe. Boats of all the size compete in this prestigious
events. It was first started in the year 1952 when the first Prime Minister
of India Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, visited this place. It trophy is names as the
Nehru Trophy as it was donated by the Pandit Nehru to the winners of the
first boat race. The boats are beautifully decorated with the umbrellas.
Champakulam, Kavalam, Karichal, Jawahar Thayangari, Kallooparamban, Pacha,
Pulincunnu, Nedubhagam, Cheruthana, Kandangari and Paippad are the main
competitors of this race. The resembles the unity among the people of Kerala
on this occasion.
Kuttanad in Alappuzha :
Popularly known as the ' Rice bowl of Kerala', Kuttanad, is one such few
places in the world where the farming is done below the sea level. Kuttanad,
provides you the deep insight of the Kerala life style. It is one such place
where you may glimpse vast lands of lush paddy fields and where you can find
the rich crops of Bananas, Yams, and Casava. Kuttanad is one of the most
beautiful backwater regions, sandwiched between the sea and the hills. It
presents the marvelous example of the indigenous agriculture engineering.
Alleppey Beach :
One of the most popular attractions in the Alappuzha is the Alleppey beach,
built by the Captain Hugh Crawford in the year 1862. This pristine beach is
also the most popular tourists spots in Alleppey. Tourists can avail the
boating facilities in its water or can explore the near by destinations. An
old light house is the prime attractions of this place.
Krishnapuram Palace :
Than the tourists can make a
visit to the Krishnapuram palace, which was built by the Travancore Kings in
the 18th century. The palace houses on of the greatest mural panels of
Kerala the Gajendra Moksham and boosts of antique sculptures,
paintings and artifacts in bronze.
Alappuzha Temple :
Another major attractions of the place is the Alappuzha temple famous for
its architectural work. The temple is dedicated to the lord Krishna. Than
you can move out to the Champakulam Church, which is one of the oldest
church in Kerala.