Alappuzha : The Venice of the East

Washed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, Alappuzha occupies a significant place in the tourist map of Kerala. Interlocked by a large number of canals and bridges, Alappuzha has immense untapped potential for backwater tourism. It has several canals and lakes fit for boat cruise. Three prominent rivers in south Kerala viz. Achankovil, Pamba and Manimala empty into the lakes. A boat journey through the lakes will be a memorable experience. The watercourses are flanked by an unending row of coconut trees.

 

Water Carnival at Punnamada

Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the annual water carnival at Punnamada Lake, is considered the biggest snake boat race in the world. The colourful boat pageantry, which precedes the boat race is a treat to the eyes. Snake-boats with a length of 30 to 60 m and with 100 to 150 oarsmen take part in the race. The Nehru Trophy was instituted by the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who was enthralled by the charm and gaiety of the water carnival. The boat race attracts a large number of tourists, domestic and foreign. In addition to this the boat races at Payippad, Thiruvanvandoor, Neerettupuram, Karuvatta and Thykkoottam are quite famous.

 

Fishing in Alappuzha

Alappuzha is a great centre for fisheries. Chakara a rare marine phenomenon in which a large number of fish throng together in the early days of May to August is a peculiarity of Purakkad, one of the main fishing centres on the coast of the Arabian Sea. This is in fact a fishermen's fiesta.

 

Coir production and exports in Alappuzha

The district of Alappuzha is a major centre of coir and allied products. There are about 4000 production units including a few big factories with mechanized looms. Alappuzha retains monopoly in coir production and exports.

 

Ambalappuzha Sreekrishna Temple

Ambalappuzha Sreekrishna Temple on the Kollam-Alappuzha highway is called the Dwaraka of the South. It is frequented by thousands of devotees especially during the annual festival, which falls in April every year. 'Ambalappuzha palpayasam' the devotional delicacy of the temple is renowned for its unique taste. Ambalappuzha is also famous for the traditional visual martial art of Kerala - the Velakali.

 

Karumadi

Karumadi, three kilometers east of Ambalappuzha, has a statue of Buddha called karumadikuttan, a perennial source of interest for the tourists.

 

Arthungal Church

Arthungal is famous for the St. Sebastian's church, which is situated southwest of Cherthala town 22 km north of Alappuzha. The famous Arthungal Perunal is held in January every year. Catholics from all parts of the State participate in the feast of St. Sebastian.

 

Mannarassala

Mannarassala near Harippad, about 32 km south of Alappuzha is an important centre of pilgrimage in the district. The famous Mannarassala temple devoted to the serpent deity is a rare phenomenon of worship. The Ayilyam festival held here in November every year is very famous.

 

Source: IT Department, Government of Kerala