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Alleppey

Brief
Alleppey or Alapuzzha has a surprising amount of history that would make your holiday here worthwhile. It all starts with the famed Kuttanad region, better known as the Rice Bowl because of the profusely cultivated rice plantations. Unique temples and churches dot the entire region, each with a tale of its own. But Alleppey’s attraction, by far remains the inviting backwaters. Take a leisurely cruise along the Punnamada Lake, while weaving your way through old bungalows, swaying palms and rice fields. And as serene as this may appear to you, these backwaters show a contrast during the Snake Boat races. Watch skilled oarsmen man their way through the winding waters expertly! There is much to do here and the more you look, the more you discover.

Reasons to visit
We welcome you to the most exciting tourist attractions and travel destinations which are given below. We take into notice each and every details about recreation, entertainment, adventure and relaxation. By looking at the things to do in city one can see if that spot offers romance, family fun, sightseeing or adventure. Drill down into the tourist attractions below to find out more about each place and see how the local customs create a unique atmosphere.
 
Krishnapuram Palace     
This 18th century palace is a typical double-storeyed Kerala building showcasing gabled roofs, dormar windows and narrow corridors. There is a museum inside, which displays ancient sculptures, bronzes and paintings. The main attraction here is the Gajendra Moksham mural, measuring some 14 feet by 11 feet (making it the largest in the region).

Alleppey Beach
This is one of the most popular picnic spots here complete with entertainment facilities for children and families. The pier extending into the sea is believed to be 137 years old. The northern side has a sea-view park with boating facilities and an old lighthouse is another attraction the beach has to offer.

Backwater Cruise  
This constitutes a must-do in Alleppey. Don’t miss out on a backwater cruise through the vast network of the Punnamada Lake, which takes you through the scenic views of paddy fields, Chinese fishing nets and old-world bungalows. There are houseboats fitted with all amenities that even let you stay here for a night or two. This lake is the site for the famous Snake Boat Race held in August.

Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Located 14 km south of Alleppey, this temple is built in typical Kerala style. Its highlight is the daily palpayasam offered to the Lord. Paitings of Dasavatharam or ten incarnations of Vishnu adorn the walls.

Pathiramanal Island
A popular haunt of several migratory birds, this Island literally means Sand of Midnight. Accessible only by boat, the journey is truly scenic as the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alleppey to Kochi and the Kayamkulam Lake, surrounds it. The island is just the place to head out for a relaxing time and enjoy a backwater cruise.

Shopping
Alleppey is known for its coir industry, so carpets and wares made of coir are the best to buy here. Alleppey is also famous for its spices, especially pepper, areca nut and cardamom.


Festive Celebrations
Navarathri, Chirappu Mahotsavam and Thaipooyakavadi Festivals are celebrated at the Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple and include a nine-day Navarathri Festival marked by colorful processions of elephants on the last two auspicious days and cultural programs including Ottanthullal.