Kerala Travel Guide
Alleppey Travel Guide
is one of the most important tourist centers in the Kerala state, with a large
network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east"
These large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one
of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports
along the malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir
carpet industries and prawn farming. Alleppey the ideal headquarters for backwater
tourism as well as for visits to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam,
and the town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which
is an annual event.
Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake - boat races held on the
second Saturday of August, every year. This competition - the Nehru boat race
takes its name from India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated
in 1952. It is excitement all around as snake - boats , each manned by over
a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind. The event is a tremendous
success with tourists and the local population alike.
The boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey give one first hand experience
of the life style; toddy tapping, fishing for small fry, Coir-making, prawn
farming etc., which remains more or less unchanged over the years.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
It is situated 14 kms. away from Alleppey. In its architectural features, the
Sreekrishna Temple confirms the typical Kerala style. The temple is famous through
out Kerala for 'Palpayasam' a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered
to the deity.
Situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha, this village is known for its 10th century
Karumadikkuttan statue, a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the founder
of Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to this idol.
Champakulam - the water logged village is also the place of oldest angadi (market)
known as Kalloorkkadu angadi. The St. Mary Forane Church built in 427 A D is
another major attraction famous for its beautiful mural paintings for both tourists
and believers. In Champakulam you can see Nadubhagum and Champakulam snake boats
which take part in the annual snake boat races.
Alleppey Travel Guide, Reservation Form