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Destinatons of India » Alleppey

About Alleppey

Experience the un-paralleled magic of the narrow, shaded streets & vibrant color of Alleppey. This fairly pleasant market town is built on canals and is surrounded by coconut trees. The Arabian Sea on its west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, Alleppey (or Alappuzha as it's also known) is a district of immense natural beauty. The average temperature varies between 35 and 20 degrees centigrade, with an annual rainfall of 230 cm. The best time to visit is August to March.

As you walk down the Alleppey's quaint streets, you can discover its unique architecture, truly built in a Keralan styles. Alleppey markets have large quantity of rice, green coconuts, red chillies, and fat rough skinned jack fruit. Tourist usually cruise on the myriad waterways or on the shallow lake, to view the exciting scene of the great annual boat race, the most famous being the Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race, held in December, that will certainly get you snapping some great photos and thoroughly enjoying yourself. If you miss the event then, don't worry as the city takes pity on you and races are held again in January.

Alappuzha Backwaters have a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it. You can avail the chance of watching some of the rare migratory birds and diverse animals. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. It has wonderful hotels and resorts to make your stay a comfortable one.

The Portuguese were the predominant rulers of this place before it came under the Dutch control. Later Maharaja Marthandavarma came into power and was instrumental in developing the place. Slowly it became a very busy commercial place attracting merchants from all over. This resulted in the establishment of a number of coir factories producing coir-related goods of quality. The first coir factory was developed by an English sea captain and soon others followed suit. The first Anglican Church was built in 1816 by the Christian missionaries whose headquarter was in Alleppey.

Climate

The weather of Alleppey is pleasant throughout the year making it the ideal destination for tourists. If you are wondering about Alleppey weather and climate, we provide you information on Alleppey weather. Read on further about Alappuzha weather forecast as given below…

The weather in alleppey is usually pleasant and this place does not experience extremes in climatic conditions. The summers though hot, are pleasant. The temperature varies between 22o Celsius to 35o Celsius in summers. The place basically experiences maritime climate. The place hardly experiences any winters and the weather remains cool during the later half of the year. The temperature usually varies between 18o Celsius to 30o Celsius in winters.

The months from January to April and August to October are the ideal months to visit Alleppey. The place experiences heavy monsoon showers and if you love rains, you can always visit Alleppey during monsoons.

Transportation

Traveling to Alappuzha is very easy as this place is well connected to Kerala by all means of transport. In case you are wondering about reaching Alleppey, look no further as we bring you useful information that should give you an idea about how to reach Alleppey. So read on to know about getting to Alleppey.

  • Air: Alleppey does not have an airport but the ones close to it are at Trivandrum (150 kilometers) and Kochi International Airport (60 kilometers). This place can be easily accessed from adjacent states like Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, etc.
  • Rail: Alappuzha has its own railway station and trains from many places connect this city with the rest of Kerala and India.
  • Road: There is a wide network of roads that connect this place to the rest of Kerala and also India. There are a number of national highways that pass through Alappuzha and connect it to the rest of Kerala and neighboring states.

Attractions in Alleppey

While in Alleppey, there are many places to see that are of immense interest. We shall provide you with brief information about Alleppey sight seeing tours so that you get an idea as to what expect in Alappuzha tours in Kerala. So read on further about this section that is called 'Alleppey tours' and know about the various interesting tourist attractions in this city.

Alappuzha beach

Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. Its beautiful garden on the shore gives an exclusive sight. Imposing buildings of a colonial past overlook the shore. The pier, which extends into the sea is more than 140 years old and is a rare sight. Dense Palm groves at one end and an ancient towering light house at the other, Vijay Park and Sea view park are all spectacular sights one should never miss. Boating Facility is available in both Parks.

Facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park: Boating, a children’s park with toy train and bicycles. Open from 1500 - 2000 hours.

Arthunkal

There is a famous church in Arthunkal known as the St. Andrews Church. This church was set up by the Portuguese in the year 1851. Every year in January, an elaborate feast is organized in the honor of St. Sebastian and thousands of devout Catholics come from all over the state and neighboring places to take part in the grand feastings.

Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple

This temple is very famous among the local people, as it is believed that the deity of the Bhagawathy temple has miraculous healing powers. In the months of February and March the temple is teaming with life as the festival of Bharani takes place during this time. The temple comes alive with activities and grand feasts.

Alleppey Boat Races

Alappuzha is famous for boat races and its annual water carnival festival. The most famous of them all is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. It takes place at the Punnamada Lake and is supposed to be the biggest boat race in the world. India's former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru instituted this boat race. Each snake boat can accommodate around 150 people that include oarsmen, musicians and singers. The race is a magnificent treat to eyes and thousands of people come from Kerala and neighboring states to witness this gala event.

Krishnapuram Palace

Located at a distance of 47 km from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam, this palace was built in the 18th century during the reign of Marthanda Varma. This palace is noted for its typical Kerala architecture, with gabled roof, dormer windows and narrow corridors. Here you will find the famous mural kept in the western end of the ground floor, called ‘Gajendra Moksham’ which is the largest mural in Kerala. There is also a museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronze articles in the palace.

Boatraces

Alappuzha district is proud of being the cradle of boat races. All the important boat races, namely the Nehru Trophy boat Race at Punnamada, the Payippad near Haripad, the Thiruvandoor, Neerettupuram, Karuvatta and Thaikkoottam boat races are held at different parts of the district during August-September . Thousands of people from all parts of the world come and witness these races.

Ambalapuzha Temple

Constructed in the typical Kerala architectural style, this temple is famous all over India, and is renowned for the Palpayasam, the daily offering of sweet milk porridge. This temple witnesses the performance of Pallipana by Velans (sorcerers) once every twelve years. Paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are displayed on the inner walls of the temple. The ‘ Ottanthullal’, a satiric art form based on social themes was the brain child of the poet Kunchan Nambiar who performed it for the first time in the premises of this temple.

Edathua Church

This church, dedicated to St. George is of special significance as it is believed that prayers and offerings here help in healing all kinds of mental disorders and other ailments. The annual feast is held from 5th - 7th May and attracts devotees from all parts of south India. The Church is just 24 kms. from Alappuzha.
 
 
 
 
 
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