popularly known as the 'Venice of the East', is a major hub of backwater
tourism and coir industries. On the west lies the Arabian Sea, which makes
Alappuzha a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers. Every
year thousands of tourists visit Alappuzha to take part in the famous Nehru
Trophy boat race. The city also offers some of the best backwater tours,
where you can cruise through the waters in the exotic houseboats and enjoy
the mouth-watering cuisines of the state of Kerala.
Alappuzha is a picture-perfect place with interlocking canals and
bridge. Hire a Kettuvallam, the traditional houseboats from Kollam. They
offer exquisite holidays. Also here you should not miss ayurvedic steam
bath, herbal and oil treatment provided by quite a few centres.
Prime Attractions of
» Nehru Boat Race Alappuzha
city of Alappuzha is the venue for the most colorful water sport in Kerala
that is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. This boat race takes place every year
at Punnamada Lake on the second Saturday of every August. This prestigious
cultural event of Kerala has been attracting people from all over the
world. Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a festival for the people of Alappuzha
the main attraction of which is the sportive spirit among the participants
of the race.
The event is named after the late Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal
Nehru, who visited Alappuzha city in the year 1952. Enthralled by the
charm and gaiety of the water carnival he instituted the Nehru Trophy. The
trophy is a replica of a snake-boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus on
which the following words of Panditji are inscribed above his signature.
The festival supports the sense of unity and fraternity among the people
and is a popular attraction for the tourists from all over the world.
Trophy Boat Race is considered as the biggest snake boat race in the
world. The colorful boat pageantry, which precedes the boat race, is a
marvelous treat to the onlookers. The snake boats with 100 to 120 oarsmen
plough the waters to the tune of the legendary songs.
You can enjoy a sight of this enthralling boat race on your tour to
Alappuzha, so travel with Holidays Hub and be a part of the excitement.
» Alappuzha Beach
This is one of the
most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the
sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya
beach park add to the attractions of the beach. There is also an old
lighthouse which is greatly fascinating to visitors.
» The Vijaya Beach Park
Spot with Children's Park & Boating Facilities : (Open 1500 -
Entrance fee Rs. 2 per person : Free
entrance for children below 5 years.
Other facilities for
children : Toy train, bicycles Video permit, Camera permit
Kuttanad, called the rice
bowl of Kerala because of her wealth of paddy crops, is at the very heart
of the backwaters. The scenic countryside of Kuttanad with its shimmering
waterways also has a rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. This is perhaps
the only region in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea
level. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature
of this region.
» Sea View Park
park offers boating facilities and a swimming pool.
» Champakulam Church
One of the oldest
churches in Kerala, the St. Mary's Church is believed to be one of the
seven established by St. Thomas. The annual feast at this church falls on
the 3rd Sunday of October every year. The feast of St. Joseph is
celebrated on March 19th.
» Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Mavelikkara
The Kettukazhcha festival at this temple draws large crowds of devotees.
Processions of tall decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated
effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make a
spectacular pageant. (Festival - February/March).
How to get there
If you wish to travel by
air, the nearest airport is at Cochin, 64 kms to the North. The Trivandrum
International airport is 159 kms to the south.
Alappuzha is on the NH 47 highway
and is connected to all-important towns in South India. A frequent bus
service is available from Alappuzha to Kottayam, Trichur, Palghat and
Alappuzha is linked by rail to
cities like Cochin; Madras, Howrah, Bangalore and Bokaro.The railway
station is situated 5 kms away from the bus station and ferry station.
Alappuzha is linked by boat service through the backwaters to Kollam,
Changanassery, Kottayam, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kovalam and Chengannur.