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How To Get There - Alleppey (Alappuzha)

By Air
Nearest airport is at Kochi, 66 kms away.
By Rail
The place is well connected to Kochi, by rail.
By Road
The place is connected to all the south Indian towns, by a well-developed network of roads.
There are frequent bus services to Alleppey.
Local Transport
One can use buses, yellow-top and tourist taxis, autorickshaws, and cycle rickshaws.
Ferries
The State Water Transport Department operates boat services connecting Alleppey with some other places like Kottayam, Chenganassery, Nedamudy and Kavalam.

THE VENICE OF THE EAST


Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the town's commercial centre lives in a maze of canals. Set in the labyrinth of Backwater channels, the town is one of the best gateways to explore the unspoilt countryside.

Prime Attractions of Alleppey (Alappuzha)

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. more..
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. more..
The little island of Pathiramanal, on the Backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the land. more..
Kuttanad
Kuttanad is an expanse of water-logged land lying below sea level. It bears strong resemblance to Holland in terms of geographical features.
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.
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. You get the chance to enchant with the local fisher man and experience the mundane rustic charm. The chirps of variety of birds and the perfect lush background makes Alleppey the most appropriate destination to some time in isolation conversing with the mother nature.

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. Champakulam, Kavalam, Karichal, Jawahar Thayangari, Kallooparambanm, PachaPulincunnu, Kandangiri and Paippad are the main competitors of this event. The winners of Nehru Boat Races are awarded with the Silver Trophies'. People from far and wide come to this place especially to be apart of the event.

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.

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. The Church is a massive shrine with lovely stone trellis work fringing the roof. A tall stone flagstaff with a cross mounted at the top guards the gates. Inside the church, the wooden relief sculptures at St Gorge slaying the dragon and Christ on the cross, painted in red, gold and blue are simply mind blowing.

Excursions from Alleppey (Alappuzha)

(14Km.)
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. more.. (47Km.)
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. more.. (32Km.)
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. more..

Significance - Alleppey (Alappuzha)

Present
The centre for Backwater Cruises in Kerala, the Backwaters of Alleppey can be best experienced in a country boat. Alleppey is a bustling, messy town of ramshackle wood and corrugalated roof houses, chiefly significant in the Coir industry.

Places To Stay - Alleppey (Alappuzha)

Prince Hotel, A. S. Road, NH 47. Komala, Opp. Boat Jetty.
KTDC Motel Aaram.
PWD Rest House, near Reception Ground.

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Climate - Alleppey

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

General Information - Alleppey

Area
1414 Sq. Km. District
Population
1,909,603.
Altitude
0 feet Above Sea Level.
Clothing
Tropical
Location
64 Km North Of Kochi (Kerala)
Best Time
August to March
Main Attraction
Nehru Boat Race, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mannarshala Temple.
Temperature
Summer : Max: 35°C, Min: 22.5°C
Winter : Max: 32°C Min: 20°C

Useful Information - Alleppey

Tourist Information Centres
District Tourism Promotion Council, near the Boat Jetty.

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