Also known as Alleppey popularly known as Venice of East due to its amazing network of canals, rivers, streams, lakes and backwaters, which doubles as both transport and leisure spots. The most sought destination for Backwater tourism. Alleppey has a wonderful past, though the present town owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century, district of Alappuzha figures in classical Literature. The best thing about Alappuzha and Kerala, in general, is the weather. Due to its proximity to the ocean, it is more temperate than central India. The temperature rarely goes above 35 degrees Celsius and never below 20 degrees. The best time to visit is from September to March. Monsoon is always heavy. Now a day’s monsoon tourism is also popular from June to August.
If you are visiting Alappuzha, enquire us about the schedule of temple festivals. Alappuzha is one of the few towns in Kerala where non-Hindus are generally allowed enter the temple premises. For instance, the Padanilam Parabrahma Temple, located in the eastern part of the district, allow Non-Hindus to enter the temple and they can even take part in activities and festivals conducted here annually. But this is not the case in most of the famous Kerala temples. If you are a foreigner you are immediately branded as Non-Hindu and prevented from entering. Alappuzha temples are generally not that orthodox, though there might be a few areas inside the temples where the entry is restricted. The Ambalapuzha temple festival is particularly impressive. Five elephants carry the Krishna idol for quite a long distance with a music accompaniment. The temple is 14 kilometres away from Alappuzha. It is famous for its rose pal payasam.
Karimadi Kuttan is the endearing name of a Buddha statue found in Karumady near Alappuzha. The name literally means boy from Karumady. This 3 feet tall, black granite statue, believed to be old as 9th to 14th century, was abandoned for centuries in a nearby stream named “Karumady thou”. Later in the 1930s, Sir Robert Bristow, a colonial British engineer found the statue and did appropriate actions to protect it. Currently, the statue is under the protection of Kerala state government. The left side of the statue is missing. It is believed that it was destroyed by an elephant. Dalai Lama has visited Karumadi in 1965. This statue is protected by the Archeological Survey of India.
Mararikulam Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Alappuzha. Mahadeva temple, Arthunkal church is nearby these places. It was rated as one of the world’s top five HAMMOCK BEACH by National Geographic survey & The CGH Marari beach resorts have made it to the “Sense of Place” final list of National Geographic Traveller “WORLD LEGACY AWARD” by National Geographic in partnership with ITB Berlin.
Main Beach, (Western edge of town). A fairly large, flat and clean beach by Keralan standards, an old pier which used to be used for trade and had at one point three railway lines still stands in disrepair. Locals play Frisbee and volleyball, and camel and pony rides are available.
Snake Boat Races Alappuzha is known for its Snake Boat races and one of the prestigious competitions glorifying this tradition is the Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race. Held on every second Saturday of August, the competition is named after Jawaharlal Nehru who also inaugurated the event on 1952. To compete for the cup, one must ride in a snake boat which approximately carries over a hundred persons. Boats are available for rent for tourists who want to take a closer look at the event.
House Boat Alappuzha is also well known for its house boats. Alappuzha is inlaid with channels that support its thriving backwater tourism. Many tourists that come to Alappuzha take a houseboat cruise along the backwaters. Houseboats can be rented for 12 Hrs to few days and there is a new hop-on, hop off service through remote backwaters in a shared-houseboat. They come equipped with well furnished bedroom, sit-outs, kitchen and modern bath and toilet facilities. Some of the house boats even sport an air-conditioner, though most people prefer a calm cruise with lanterns which add to the rustic feel. The houseboats are manned by drivers and a cook. From the boat, one can observe the everyday village life of people, stop for toddy (the traditional mildly alcoholic drink made from coconut sap) with grilled prawns, watch birds, and relax in the middle of the lake. It is nice to go towards Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, where rice farming is done below sea level.
Kerala Ayurveda Treatment has specific treatments for spine related cases and wellness programs for the healthy people also. Here you can experience genuine Kerala Ayurveda treatment. The hospital and spa are constructed in Kerala traditional architecture with modern facility. You could also enjoy a walk through the well landscaped herbal garden and pay a visit to their herbal medicine manufacturing unit to see how the medicines are prepared.