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Alappuzha - Quick Facts

Area: 46.18 Sq. Km.
Population: 174,164
Clothing: Summer - Light tropical, Winter - Light woolen
Language: Kannada & English


With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travellers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for ties boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characterstic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. The land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the rice bowl of Kerala is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.


By Air
Nearest airport Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town.
 
By Rail
Alappuzha nearest railway station, about 5 km from the beach.

By Road
It is connected by all the major cities of Kerala distances are given below-

•        Kottayam - 50 Km.
•        Cochin - 64 km.
•        Guruvayoor - 173 km.
•        Munnar - 192 km.


Arthunkal
(22 km north of Alappuzha): The St. Sebastian's Church here is an important Christian piligrim centre. Annual festival Arthunkal Perunnal-the feast of the patron saint (January).

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple
(32 km south of Alappuzha): Situated near Harippad, this is a serpent shrine under the patronage of a brahmna family, headed by a priestess. The ancient shrine is an internationally renowned pilgrim centre of the Serpent God Nagaraja. Sarpa Yakshi and Naga Yakshi are the beloved consorts of Nagaraja. It is believed that Nagraja as the installed diety of Mannarasala is endowed with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and the spirit of Lord Shiva. Legend has it that the first priestess of Mannarasala gave birth to a five-headed snake, which is believed to reside in the ancestral house to safegaurd the family. At Mannarasala barren women are believed to be blessed with children with powers to cure even leprosy.

Krishnapuram Palace
(47km from Alappuzha) Built by Marthanda Varma, this palace at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam is famous for its mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. Dating back to the 18th century, this exquisite piece of art is one of the largest murals in Kerala. The palace museum houses antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes.

Karumadikuttan
Many fascinating legends are associated with this 11th century statue of Lord Buddha.


Although not one of the destinations which will entice you to shop-till-you-drop, Alleppey is a pleasant place to indulge in some shopping during your holiday there. There are several markets in & around Alleppey, which will perfectly cater to your needs while shopping in Alleppey.

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