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Alleppey Travel Guide

Alleppey, alias Alappuzha is often addressed as "Venice of east" because of its horde waterways. These vast networks of lagoons, canals and lakes provide the lifeline of Alleppey, founded in 1762 by Divan of Travanacore, Raja Keshawadasan. With so much water in the area, native children learn how to use a boat at a very young age.

The city of Alleppey was amongst the busiest trade centers and it had fantabulous port along Malabar Coast. Traders from throughout the world came searching for mementos and black gold. This all was after the British demonstrated it as a trade port in the late 18th century to counterbalance one that was established by the Dutch. Today, Alleppey is still the center for shrimp farming and coir carpet industries.

This town was founded on a narrow land spit between Arabian Sea and Vembanad Lake. Thanks to muck walls that have been built, amongst the few places where agriculture is done below sea level, Alleppey is one. Paddy fields are plentiful in the area thanks to the manmade islands built by the mud walls. Excellent rice wine is created right here.

Host of tourists come to Alleppey to enjoy the telling natural beauty that can be seen there. It is a famous honeymoon destination, a terrific position to see bird and animal life, and a place to see many exotic sites of religious and historic importance. Beaches, houseboat holidays and boat races also lure tourists to this destination.

Alleppey Beach
Alappuzha beach also known as Alleppey beach is famous in the world for its lovely location nearby Alappuzha backwaters where the annual boat racing takes place in the name of Neh
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Located just 14 kilometers away from Alleppey is the Amabalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Ambalapuzha Temple Festival
The Amabalapuzha Temple Festival was established during the fifteenth century A.D. At this time, a part of the Travancore, was ruled by the Chembakassery Devanarayana Dynasty.
St Andrews Church

St. Andrew's church was started to be built in 1864, and was completed in 1866. This Scottish Presbyterian Church was originally built for the use of Scottish officers, their families, and a few other laymen
Chavara Bhavan
The birth place of the blessed Kurikose Elias Chavara is found near Alleppey. This Catholic saint has a church that is built over the traditional sight of his birth to protect it.
Edathua Church
The Edathua Church was established in 1810 on the banks of the river Pamba. It was modeled after the medieval churches of Europe. The patron saint of this church is St. George.
Only three kilometers east of Alleppey is the village of Karumadi. There is a large black granite statue there that is very famous.

Krishnapuram Palace

The Krishnapuram Palace was built during the reign of Marthanda Varma, a Travancore king.
St Mary's Church
The St. Mary Forane Church was built in 1870. It is one of the oldest churches in the state of Kerala, and is believed to be one of the seven churches that were historically established by St. Thomas. Sometimes this church is referred to as the Champakulam Church.
Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race
Punnamada Lake near Alleppey is host to the spectacular snake boat races that are annually held on the second Saturday of August.
Pandavan Rock
Pandavan Rock gets its name from the Pandavas of Mahabharata who stayed in a cave here during the time of their exile. Pandavan Para, also known as the Rock of the Pandavas is an ideal picnic spot
Pathiramannal is a small island found in the Vembanad Lake near Alleppey. This magnificent location can only be traveled to on a boat. Its remote location adds to the intrigue for those that especially love to explore.
Sree Nagaraja Temple
The Sree Nagaraja Temple is located in the region surrounding Alleppey. This unusual temple is a serpent shrine that is under the patronage of a brahman family that is even headed by a priestess
Alleppey, being a coastal area, has a dry and humid weather during summers in March to May with maximum temperature reaches to nearly 37°C. June to September are Monsoon season with heavy rains and December- February are winters with pleasant climate of temperature between 22°C to 30°C.
Trivandrum International Airport and Cochin International Airport are the nearest airport. Trivandrum to Alleppey (150 km) and Cochin to Allepepy (75 km) can be covered by the call taxis at a rate of about Rs 15 per kilometer. Trivandrum and Cochin are connected to most of the major cities in India and have connected flights to many foreign cities, mainly to Kuwait, Dubai and UAE.

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