If you have a penchant for exotic location of nature dotted on the pristine lap of nature, Alappuzha in Kerala, God’s own Country is the most favorable one to pass your most memorable moments of life. Here you can kill your wander lusting, romantic spirit penetrating into the wonderful backwater canals overlooking the heavenly treasures of the idyllic life, lush coconut groves sprawling the entire route. Being tired by the cacophonies of modern surroundings your souls desire for a peaceful escapade, so you can book a Kerala Tour meticulously designed by the Indian Memoirz.
Outing adds zest to life. Booking a tour to Kerala Backwater Alappuzha you can feel something different. It is indeed a paradise on earth, hence it is known as the Venice of East. Landing at this backwater you can experience a new world- far from the hustle and bustle of city life. You feel its heavenly beauty kindled in the palm groves, elegant beaches, cliffs and rocky caves. If you are nature voyager in true sense you will get everything here-a romantic boat ride on the houseboats, a delicious Kerala cuisine, a pastoral life, healing Kerala ayurveda, Yoga and meditation, and so on. If you are an angling enthusiast you can do experience it also. You can explore a new world on own as Alappuzha has store in it so much.
Tour to Kerala is now most demanding among the tourists of all types. Spiritual, heritage, wildlife and nature enthusiasts can peep into the backwater destination Alappuzha linked to various other exotic location of Kerala by backwater routes. Besides the boat jetty for travelers, boat is a public mode of transportation here, so cruising down the backwater canals with local folks is sure to be a mesmerizing one. A boat ride on the Alappuzha backwater canals can be a sensuous journey as nature unfolds here with its utmost sensuous form. The chirping of the birds will give a wake up call from the lull sleep. The townships located near Alappuzha are also attraction for the tourists due to various hidden treasures.
If you do travel Alappuzha in the festival time it will be great fun, in festive time Alappuzha wears a new look. You may experience the rural fun of boat race, beach sports, a houseboat cruise, an ayurveda massage and so on. So to experience all these you must visit Alappuzha with Indian Memoirz.
Season Timings :
Do plan your Alappuzha tour according to the best time, August to March as it’s the best time. In summer the days are quite hot and humid, in winter the temperature is moderate.
How to Reach :
Kochi International Airport is 64 kilometers away from Alappuzha. It is the most convenient one to reach Alappuzha.
One can reach Alappuzha driving through the National Highway 47 which is linked all other important places as well cities of India.
The Alappuzha railway station is well-linked to Alappuzha by private vehicles or government bus service. It is just 4 kilometers from the Alappuzha town.
Gifted by a diverse cultural life Alappuzha in Kerala has its heterogeneous art and culture due to presence of the diverse tribes and people of all religion. The art and culture of Alappuzha is seen in its temple festivals, boat race, martial art show, classical dance form, varied cuisine, etc. Tour to Kerala with Indian Memoirz includes the exploration of the rich cultural life of the Alappuzha people.
A form of martial dance, Velakali is a temple art form performed by men. The artists are dressed up with traditional attires and colorful head dresses to imitate the medieval Nair warriors. The main features of this dance form are sword play, measure movements, and music of orchestra group. It has been practiced to improve the martial art of the men. In the Shree Krishna temple it is celebrated with great pomp and show.
The rich cultural life is witnessed in the celebrations and traditional beliefs of the people. Like other places of kerala, Alappuzha is an abode of secularism where people of all religion take part in a cultural festival and celebration-be it a Christmas or a temple or mosque celebration. The carnivals are celebrated with great celebrations like cultural procession, classical dance competition, martial art show, etc. The boat race is the most spectacular one not to be missed by a tourist.
This dance form was originated at Ambalappuzha Temple having 250 years history. It is performed in a satirical manner by the amateur artists. The theme is based on the social elements. It was initially performed by the veteran artist Kunchan Nambiar, and it has an interesting story behind its origin.
People of Alappuzha do admire a rich cultural life featured by the myriad fairs and festivals. The boat races of Alappuzha are world famous among the cultural freaks due to their unique nature and great mode of celebration. The Alappuzha tour offered by Indian Memoirz meticulously includes the boat festivals of Alappuzha. An extended Kerala cultural tour includes these boat festivals to offer a memorable visit to incredible India.
Payippad Boat Race
A carnival for the people of Alappuzha, Payippad Boat Race is an adoring one for the travelers. This boat race is related to temple beliefs as an honor dedicated to the deity of the Subramania Swamy temple located at Haripad. It is celebrated for duration for three days in the month of September. Great crowds are seen during the time of the festival.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Besides the backwater tourism, Alappuzha is known worldwide for its Nehru Trophy Boat Race which welcomes a large number of foreign tourists. It is celebrated in the month of August where boat racers use snake boats to sing the rower’s song. It is a great carnival celebrated with pomp and show. People do come from various parts of Kerala to shout for their parties. The rhythms of the racers do create a musical sound along with the tune of the fans. The rowers’ song is traditionally known as “Vanchi Pattu”.
Backwater cruising is the major attraction for tourist coming to backwater destination Alappuzha in Kerala. Bequeathed with backwater canals and lagoons, Alappuzha is teeming with diverse tourism potentials and the most exotic one is indeed the backwater cruise. The ethnically designed kerala houseboat cruise is sure to be a classic experience to anyone when one endeavors into a holiday trip or a honeymoon trip. The peaceful ambience along with the beautiful greeneries will add zing to a boat ride on the backwater canal.
To explore the hidden treasures one should select the best itineraries that crawling through Kuttanad, Kochi, Kumarakom as well as Kollam. Backwater cruise is a main attraction of the itinerary of a Kerala tour.
Backwater Biking and Canoeing
To kill the adventure spirit, one can experience the backwater biking and canoeing while at Alappuzha. It will kindle up your adventurous spirit. Overlooking the breathtaking vistas of the paddy fields and the villages of Alappuzha one can have quintessential experience.
The shopaholic can have a nice time at Alappuzha as it is famous for its coir products as well as spices. One can roam around the local bazaars of Kanyamkulam and Mullakkal, the later one is famous for gold and silver jewelries. Indian Memoirz will take on into these shopping hubs of Alappuzha.
Tourist Places in Alappuzha
There are plenty of sightseeing locations at Alappuzha in Kerala, yet the most exotic ones not to be missed by a tourist are :
A place where crops grow 1.5-2 meters below the sea level, Kuttanad is an exotic location with huge green paddy fields. It is a spectacular place where one can have the experience of the agrarian life of the people. One can explore Kuttanad in a backwater cruise through the inland water ways. Kuttanad with its unspoiled beauty has so much to offer to a tourist.
Tour to Alappuzha will be incomplete without a visit to the Alappuzha beach. A tourist will be captivated by its serene beauty and the leisure activities. It is located at a close distance from the Alappuzha town; one can enjoy the sunrise and sunset view besides experiencing the entire beach funs.
Karumadi, one of the most visited tourist destinations in Alappuzha district is visited for its old Buddha Shrine named as “Karumadi Kuttan” dates back to the ninth or the tenth century. The sculpture of the shrine is stunning owing to historical significance.
Birding dreams come true at the island of Pathiramanal where various migratory and resident birds frolic in the waters and trees. One has to cruise down to reach this isolated island decked with natural wonders. Various aquatic species are found here.
A symbol of temple culture of God’s own Country, Ambalappuzha Shri Krishna temple has been visited by the Hindu devotees. In between the month of March and April, the festival of Ambalappuzha is celebrated by the natives with great fervor and spirit.
Sightseeing in Alappuzha includes visit to Krishnapuram Palace. This palace is a worth visiting site in Alappuzha which is located at a distance of 50 kilometers away from Alappuzha. It was built during the rule of Marthanda Varma. The architecture is traditional kerala style and its mural paintings are stunning to steal a glance.
Alleppey Pilgrim Centre
Alleppey Pilgrimage centers attract the tourists for its deep religious significance. The main pilgrim attractions of Alleppey are :
1Sree Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzha
Sree Krishna Temple is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Alapuzzha and the architecture is typical Kerala style. The temple feast namely Palapayasam, sweet milk porridge is famous among the devotees of the temple. A festival is celebrated in the months of March and April in this temple.
2St. Sebastian's Church, Arthunkal
St. Sebastian's Church was constructed by Portuguese missionaries; it is a pilgrim centre for the Christians located near Sherthallai at a distance of 22kms North of Alapuzzha. In January, the feast of St. Sebastian is celebrated here.
3St. Mary’s Church, Champakulam
People of Kerala believe that this church is one of the churches in Kerala established by St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Christ who came to Malabar Coast in the first century AD to spread message of Christianity. The feast of the church is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of October.
4Holy Shrine, Chavara Bhavan
It is just 6 kilometers from Alleppey. An ancestral house of saint Kuriakose is now a spiritual resort for the devotees. A 250 year old lamp is found inside it in original form. This holy shrine can be reached only by boat. Legend says that Kurikose Elias Chavara, the Catholic saint was born at Chavara Bhawan. The feast is celebrated on 26 December.
This church dedicated to St. George was built in 1810. It is located at a distance of 24 kilometers from Alapuzzha. One who prays in this church get relief from mental disorders and other ailments. Pilgrims from all religions visit this church. The feast is held for three days on 5th, 6th and 7th of May.
6Buddhist Centre, Karumandi
Karumandi is a village located to the east of Ambalapuzha. It has an age-old black granite figure of Buddha called Karumandi Kuttan. There are interesting legends connected to it.
7Sree Nagaraja Temple, Manmarasala
Sree Nagaraja Temple is 32 kms away from Alappuzha near Harippad. This temple is dedicated to Nagaraja, the king of serpents. It is believed that childless couples are blessed with children if they pray at this temple. Also the turmeric paste that is found at the Serpent Shrine can cure leprosy.
The great religious convention of Christians namely Maramon Convention is celebrated at Kozhenchery. Christians from all over the world come to join in this great festival. It is celebrated on the bank of the River Pamba. It is said that it is one of the greatest religious gatherings in Asia.
9Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeswari, this temple is located in the heart of Alleppey town. The Navarathri festival is celebrated with great vibe and color for nine days in this temple. Colorful cultural procession and cultural programmes are main features of this festival.
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