Also known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha is famous for its breathtaking backwaters
and canals. Situated at the south western tip of the Vembanad Lake, Alappuzha is a small strip of land sandwiched between
the Vembanad Lake and the Arabian Sea. The Nehru Trophy snake boat race held on the second Saturday of August
(During Onam) every year, at the Punnamada Backwaters is a real feast for the eyes! Alappuzha is also a major centre
producing coir products in Kerala.
Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, is a little hamlet with unending stretches of paddy
fields, small streams and canals lined by lush green
coconut palms. The village was known from as early as the Sangam Age. History says that Alappuzha
had trade relations with ancient Greece
and Rome in the B.C years and in the Middle Ages.
The vast expanse of lakes and canals has made the place a busy inland fishing port. Already one of
the major tourism spots of Kerala,
the place has greater scope for the lake side tourism which is a thriving business now.
Alleppey Beach or Alappuzha Beach has a long stretch of sandy beach with a lighthouse and a pier jutting out into the sea,
a reminder of its age-old maritime importance.
Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple in the heart of town dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeshwari gives the feel of a typical Kerala Temple.
It is like a pilgrimage destination for the followers of Nagaraja or the serpent god. The Mannarasala Temple has over 30,000
images of snakes and special procession and offerings are made to celebrate Mannarsala Aayilyam, the main festival of this temple.
Built in 1818 by the first Church Missionary Society, Allappuzha CSI Church was the first church established in Travancore.