Situated between the cities of Trivandrum & Kochi is the picturesque town of Alleppey or Alappuzha. Alleppey is considered to be the oldest planned town in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the town is the first of its kind along the Laccadive Sea or Lakshadweep Sea coast.
Described by Lord Curzon (Viceroy of India) as ‘Venice of the East’, while wandering around the small but chaotic city centre, you will surely agree with the ‘Venice of the East’ tag. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along the Malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming.
Alleppey is graceful and greenery filled, with a watery world of villages, toddy shops and houseboats. Simply float along and gaze over rice fields of green rice barges and village life along the banks. This is one of Kerala’s most beautiful and relaxing experiences.
Alleppey is a tourist heaven and is one of the most important tourist centers in Kerala. The backwaters of Alleppey are its most popular tourist attraction. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. Alleppey has a large network of inland canals. This large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline.
The town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Snake Boat Race, is an annual event where boat races are held on the second Saturday of August, every year. It is excitement all around as snake – boats, each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters. The event is a tremendous success with tourists and the local population alike.
The Sreekrishna Temple at Ambalapuzha, in its architectural features confirms the typical Kerala style. The temple is famous throughout Kerala for ‘Palpayasam’, a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered to the deity.
Karumadikkuttan a town situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha, is known for its 10th century Karumadikkuttan statue, a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to this idol.
Also worth visiting is Champakulam – the water logged village which is the place of oldest angadi (market) known as Kalloorkkadu angadi. The St. Mary Forane Church built in 427 A D is another major attraction famous for its beautiful mural paintings for both tourists and believers. The church filled town of Kottayam is also close by.
Alleppey is accessible by air, rail, road and water. Cochin International Airport, which is 78 kilometres to the North, is the closest airport. Vedanta Wake up! Hotel along the dreamy backwaters of Alleppey, is located along a network of rivers and is a perfect place to enjoy a beautiful sunny day on the famous Kerala backwaters. Do visit us. Explore at: www.vedantawakeup.com