Alappuzha, the ‘Venice of the East’ is endowed with exceptional natural beauty and has emerged as a major tourist destination of the State. The serene Vembanad Lake covering an area of 204 sq km stretches from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam Lake with an area of 59.57 sq km extends to the distrits of Alappuzha and Kollam. These lakes are widely used for the inland water transport of cargo and passengers in the region and provides a perfect introduction to the amazing backwaters fo the State.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
It is held annually on the second Saturday of August at the Vembanad Lake and is the most important tourist event of Alappuzha. Boats sponsored by different village compete fiercely in the competition. The highlight of this prestigious event is ‘Chundan Vallam”, the 130 feet long snake boats, with over 100 rowers, 4 helmsmen and 25 cheer leaders decorated with colourful silk umbrellas. Tickets for the race are available on the day from numerous ticket stands on the way to the lake where race is held. The Punnamada Kayal is the starting point for the race.
The beautiful beach with a distinct colonial ambience ha an old lighthouse and 1000ft long per which was built in 1862 by Captain Hugh Crawford.
Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple
This shrine of Goddess Rajarajeswar is set in the heart of Alappuzha town. The important festivals celebrated here are nice day ‘Navarathri’ and ‘Thaipooyakavadi’.
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The Sri Krishna Temple built in traditional Kerala architecture is one of the most important shrines of Kerala. It is also known for ‘Palpayasam’ a sweet milk porridge prepared everyday as an offering to the deity and the ritual of Pallipana performed by Valans (sorcerers) once in every twelve years.
This picturesque Hindu pilgrim centre on the banks of river Pamba is famous for its rich culture and heritage. It was declared as a ‘Heritage Village of India’ by the Indian National Trust of Art & cultural Heritage (INTACH). The main attractions are Parthasarathy Temple and Aranmula Vallomkalli, the famous Snake Boat Race held every year in the month of Chingam (August – September).
The charming site near Haripad on the Alappuzha Kollam route is famous for the ancient temple of Sree Nagaraja, the King of serpents. Nagaraja, the presiding deity is said to be endowed with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and spirit of Lord Shiva.
Alappuzha Distance Guide
|Alappuzha||Sultan Bathery||341 Km|