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Alappuzha

Etymologically Alappuzha is derived from two words - Ala and Puzha - Ala which means broad and Puzha which means river. It is a town with picturesque canals, backwaters and lagoons, once described as the "Venice of the East" by English viceroy Lord Curzon. It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. The present town owes its existence to the Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms, was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. The town is the hot spot of coir industry, which accounts for much of the water borne traffic chugging to and from the near by lakes.

Alappuzha now is the main hub for backwaters tourism in Kerala. Kerala Houseboats locally known as "kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer duration to take visitors on the old waterways. These huge barges which were traditionally used to carry goods across the backwaters measure up to 80 feet in length. They are still constructed using traditional skills and meticulousness by "tying" huge planks of jack wood together without the use of a single nail and coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels.

Snake boat races are the most significant traditional events in Alappuzha. The spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat race is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.

All the traditional festivals and pastimes of Kerala continue to flourish in Alappuzha district. It has played an important part in the development of the time honored temple arts Kathakali, 'koothu', 'koodiyattam', and 'ottamthullal', all of which are cherished and still performed here.

Attractions

  1. Backwaters
  2. Kettuvallam
  3. Kuttanad
  4. Ambalapuzha
  5. Mavelikkara
  6. Cheppaud
  7. Kayamkulam
  8. Chambakulam
  9. Vembanad
  10. Arthungal
  11. Krishnapuram Palace
  12. Karumadi
  13. Thakazhi
  14. Mannarsala
  15. Haripad
  16. Cherthala
  17. Vayalar
  18. Trikkunnapuzha
  19. Chakkulathukavu
 

Backwaters

Simply standing on the banks, enjoy the rhythm of backwaters. Then opt for a boat cruise getting sublime views of coconut palms, paddy fields, Chinese fishing nets and toddy tapping. Request the boat pilot to arrange a glass of sweet toddy right from the palmhead to electrify the system. The cruise goes past the canals and islands bestowing the picturesque and scenic views. [Top]

 

Kettuvallam

Kettuvallam means houseboat. Houseboat is one of the most famous icons of Kerala Kettuvallam marvels in Kuttanad’s backwaters. The slow-spaced Kuttanadu is immersed in fresh and salt-water eco-system. The lively heritage architecture, fabled backwaters, picturesque landscape and rich culture make the Kuttanad a grab of tourists. To get the best of Kuttanad, boat is the boon. A crew of cook, bearer and driver will be there in the houseboat. [Top]

 

Kuttanad

The rice bowl of Kerala. The queen of backwaters. The mother of boats. In the world arena Kuttanad is known for its enchanting boat races. The snakeboats with over 100 oarsmen in two rows in each oar past the blue-waters with alacrity in tune with the cheerleaders at the prow prompting to be faster. The hypnotic galaxy of vanchipattu (boat songs) reaches the crescendo when the boats near the fisnishing point. India’s late Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, seeing the race in 1952 burst into excitement. Ignoring the security barriers he ventured for an impromptu boat race.

Kuttanad, on the banks of Vembanad lake in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts, is glamoured with paddy fields. The taste of rice, the staple food of Kerala, with red-hot fish curry or vegetable made with coconut and chilly lingers in the tongue for long. The slant swishing rubber plantations, low spaced life and the deceptively calm atmosphere are real rewards to the visistors. Not only for historical importance, but also for sheer beauty. The spiders here are large as human-hand; the 20 varieties of yellow banana are highly delicious as their own. Kuttanad has one more peculiarity. Kuttanad’s cultivation is below sea-level. The world’s rarests’ rare.

Backwaters are motif for Kuttanad. No life without Kettuvallam – houseboat – the most famous icon of Kerala, in Kuttanad. Experience the Kuttanad majestically in a Kettuvallam – cruising past numerous species of boats criss-crossing the backwaters. The backwater nomenclature implies inter-connected freshwater canals or rivers feeding towards the sea through lakes. This water seasonally gets charged with saline water of sea when the sea is on rise. An ancient system of locks and sluices block the seawater to the low-lying islands, dotting the backwaters, for paddy cultivation. [Top]

 

Ambalapuzha

Ambalapuzha is a small town. Its fame is centered on the famous Sree Krishna temple located here on Ambalapuzha river bank. A fascinating history surrounds the deity of this temple. Once, Champakasseri king along with his mentor, Vilwamangalath Swamiyar, was traveling in a boat through the river. Their attention was drawn to a lovely sound of flute reading. They shored the boat and followed the melody. They reached a peepul tree when they saw a beautiful boy on one of its branches. Vilwamangalam who is a Vedic genius realized that the boy is a none other than the divine Krishna. Both of them circumambulated the tree and prostrated before the boy. When they rose the boy was not traceable. The King Chambakasseri constructed a temple at the very spot and dedicated it to the Lord Krishna. The idol for installation was brought by a boat. It is in commemoration of this, Chambakulam Boat Race is conducted in the month of Midhunam (June/July) every year.

Palpayasam (sweet milk kheer) is daily presented to the deity as offering. This Palpayasam known as Ambalapuzha Palpayasam is very famous all over Kerala. [Top]

 

Mavelikkara

Mavelikkara is a small town, located 25 km from Ambalapuzha. The famous Chettikulangara Bhagawathi temple is located here. The Bhagawathi here known as Jagadambika and Bhadrakali possesses high rated miraculous powers.

Large number of devotees converges here and the income of the temple is very big. The temple structure is very spacious and built in Kerala architecture style. A multi-tiered Kalluvilakku (stone lamp) with provision for 1001 wicks here is the largest temple lamp in India. In the outer courtyard there are few more shrines for sub-deities. The pilgrims very devoutly worship a snake grove, a black palm tree and a champakam tree located in the precincts. There is a strong belief that Yakshi (a female spirit) visits the area where these trees are located.

Kettukazhcha in Kumbam (February/March) is the main festival. During this festival, Kuthiyottam, a symbolic remnant of the ancient practice of human sacrifice is enacted. Preceding the main festival there is 41-day festival in the month of Makaram (January/February). [Top]

 

Cheppaud

This place is situated 24 km from Ambalapuzha. Cheppaud is shot into fame due to the famous St George Orthodex Syrian Church built in 13th century. This beautiful Church was built by two prominent families of Cheppaud. It was re-built in 1952, keeping the original frescoes intact. The scenes from Bible depicted here looks magnificent. [Top]

 

Kayamkulam

Kayamkulam town is small. Kayamkulam’s fame is stemmed from its Lake. A number of canals sprout from Lake. The Lake is a feast to the eyes and mind. Many tourists converge to this destination. Women fishing with bamboo poles, men fishing mussels and women spinning coir are interesting common sights here. Criss-crossing boats keep the water engaged all the while. [Top]

 

Chambakulam

Chambakulam is a snake-boat village. The villagers’ main vocation is of making snake-boats. St Mary’s Church here founded by the St Thomas the Apostle is one amongst the oldest in India. It was rebuilt many times and the present structure claims 500 age. It has no pews and for praying the devotees have to kneel on the floor. Hindus outnumber Christians for pray here. [Top]

 

Vembanad

Vembanad is famed for freshwater Vembanad Lake. Pamba Nadhi (river) and its tributaries nose-dive to this Lake. The Lake and its shores present scenic beauty attracting many visits to its fold. [Top]

 

Arthungal

A famous pilgrim centre of Christians in Kerala. The Church is known as St Sebastian Church. Situated at Shertalai, 22 km from Alappuzha.. [Top]

 

Krishnapuram Palace

Situated at Kayakulam , 47 km from Alappuzha. The double storyed palace is in Kerala architectural individuality. The palace contains one of the largest mural panels in Kerala. The ‘Gajendra Moksham’ mural measures 14 feet by 11 feet. Large collection of antiques, paintings and bronzes housed. Krishnapuram accrued fame from a heritage landmark – the 18th century Krishnapuram Palace. Built with wood and earth in ancient typical Kerala style, the Palace once the home of local ruler Raja, is exposed to an attached pond with entrance to it from the Palace. The Palace with lovely scale and wind flowing balconies houses a simple museum with some artifacts from the Harappan civilization, beautiful sculptures, coins, oil lamps and a mural. The mural, Gajendramoksham is reported the largest single mural in Kerala. [Top]

 

Karumadi

Krumadi is a river-side village located 4 km east of Ambalapuzha. This village has historical and geographical importance. Kollam, Pamba and Ambalapuzha Rivers enjoin here and sprout out to different directions. The 10th century granite image of Buddha, villagers divinely called Karumadi Kuttan, is located here. The image is in sitting posture. This is the testimony of Buddhism once prevailed in Kerala. [Top]

 

Thakazhi

Thakazhi is a village located 6 km from Karumadi. Thazhi was shot into fame due to its celebrated son, Thakazhi Shivasankaran Pillai, the late novelist. His novel Chemmeen, narrating the life of fishermen and centering on a romance and tragedy won him Sahitaya Academi Award. He was a Padma Bhushan award winner. His residence, Sankaramangalam House, acquired from his living widow Kamalakshiamma by the Kerala government has transformed into a museum where his several awards, personal effects, pen, spectacles and a typewriter are put on display. [Top]

 

Mannarsala

Near Harippad, 32 km from Alappuzha. The temple here is one of the most important centres of serpent worship in Kerala. On the day of ‘Ayilyam’ in September/October all the serpent idols from the nearby groves carry in process. Thousands assemble to worship the serpent gods during the festival. Mannarsala is located near Haripad. Mannarsala is famed for the Sree Nagaraja temple there, a serpent shrine managed by a Brahim family. It is headed by a priestess, the eldest female in the family. This is a renowned pilgrim centre where on the day of Ayilyam in the month of Kanni (September/October) all the serpent idols of the groves here are carried in a procession. During this festival thousands throng and propitiate serpent gods. It is particularly popular with childless couples and the popular offerings include turmeric and salt apart from overtuning the traditional brass urn of uruli. [Top]

 

Haripad

Haripad town is located 15 km from Ambalapuzha. A several thousands years old Subramanya Swami temple here is very famous. It has a great story to reveal. One day a Brahmin in the village had a dream that there is a divine idol in the Kadaloor Lake. He and the village chief went to the Lake in search of the idol. They had no idea as to where the idol was lying and they were thinking what to do. At this juncture they saw some fresh flowers at one spot. They took the help of divers to search in the spot. The divers detected underwater a beautiful four-armed idol of Subramanya. This idol was brought by boat to the shore and installed after constructing a temple. There are two festivals – Chitthira festival in April and Avani festival in Chingam (August/September) during Onam. Payippad Boat Race held here is to commemorate the bringing of the idol in boat. [Top]

 

Cherthala

Cherthala, a major coir weaving centre in Kerala, is located 20 km north of Alappuzha town. Cherthala town is small. North of the town a famous and ancient Bhagawathi temple is there. [Top]

 

Vayalar

Vayalar is situated about 2 km away from Cherthala. Vayalar was rocketed into fame following an agrarian revolt against land-lords in 1946. The revolt was spearheaded by the community party. It was crushed by Travancore State police . The balance sheet of the revolt was the creation of few martyrs. A Martyrs Memorial amongst bullet marked coconut palms welcomes the visitors. [Top]

 

Trikkunnapuzha

Trikunnapuzha is an island located south of the Lock separating the freshwater of the backwaters from the saltwater of Kayamkulam region. The island on the waterway connecting Kollam to Kochi is a tourists’ destination enshrined with natural beauty and stay facilities in cottages with modern facilities. [Top]

 

Chakkulathukavu

This place is located 20 km from Ambalapuzha. Chakkalathukavu shot into fame because of the Bhagawathi temple here. Here, a peculiar system prevails. The feet of all the females get washed by priests on the first Friday of the month of Dhanu (December/January). On this day all female devotees visiting the temple arre considered as the incarnation of the deity, devi (Bhagawathi). [Top]
Thiruvananthapuram | Alappuzha | Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady | 06Nights/07Days | Created: Mon, 24.07.2017 - 09:26 AM
6 NIGHTS (Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppy, Kovalam) ...
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Budget 14,960 11,110 9,080 3,360
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Package Code 220717E
Duration 7 day(s) and 6 night(s).
Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady - Alappuzha - Thiruvananthapuram
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Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Alappuzha - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady - Ernakulam / Cochin
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Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Alappuzha - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady
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Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Alappuzha - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady
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Package Code 220717A
Duration 4 day(s) and 3 night(s).
Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Alappuzha - Ernakulam / Cochin
Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Alleppey
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Package Cost: Rs. 22,500.00 Onwords.. per couple..

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Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
Breakfast in all Hotels.
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Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Ernakulam / Cochin - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady - Alappuzha
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Pax between 10-12
Package Cost: 14,000/-per head
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Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady - Alappuzha
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