Alappuzha

The alluring Alappuzha with its lovely lakes, lagoons and the fresh water rivers will not fail to sweep you off your feet. The stunningly gorgeous ‘Venice of the East’ has more than the boat races, houseboats, beaches, marine products and the coir industry.

Alappuzha, formerly known as Alleppey, is one of the not-to-be-missed backwater destinations in Kerala. Caressed by the Arabian Sea and interlocked by a number of canals and bridges, this gorgeously beautiful ‘Venice of the East is home to diverse animal and bird life. 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.

Apart from its exotic backwater locations, Alappuzha is famous for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race that takes place during the month of August-September in Punnamada Lake

The serene lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular water regatta-the snake boat races. It is indeed amazing to watch oarsmen, at least a hundred in one boat, slice their way through the waters to the rhythm of their own full throated singing.

Special Features:

Houseboat Cruise
A glide in a Houseboat through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either sides of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. Flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this unique land.

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. It is a unique experience as this is as close as one can get to feel the vibrant life in the countryside of god’s own country

Marari Beach
Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best. Not that you need to spend the whole of your holiday in seclusion, you couldn’t be in a better location for exploring the marvellous backwaters, where the tranquility, the stunning scenery and the feeling of being transported back in time, make it a superbly relaxing and inspiring experience.

Krishnapuram Palace
To get a feel of traditional and typical Keralian style of architecture, the two-storied Krishnapuram Temple, displays the best example. It houses one of the largest mural paintings in Kerala called the Gajendra Moksham. It measures14 feet by 11 feet and is at the western end of the ground floor, a walking distance from the Palace Pool. Inside is also a museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes. It is situated 47 kms from Alappuzha.

Pathiramanal (An Island)
This is a small beautiful island in the Vembanad Lake and is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma. This little Island on the backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world and is a birdwatcher’s delight. Pathiramanal, meaning sands of the night, is an ideal place to take a break.

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