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"Backwaters, Beaches and Lagoons - Venice of the East"
Extremely famous for its beautiful backwaters, the city of Alleppey in Kerala is also known for its beaches, temples and traditional boat races. This popular tourist destination also has some very well reputed Ayurvedic spas and wellness centres.
Dotting the coastline of the Arabian Sea, Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha) is the oldest planned backwater town of Kerala. This place is famous for its numerous rivers crisscrossing the Sea and is home to many canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons. Alleppey is often referred to as the Venice of India. The backwaters coupled with houseboats and the tropical village life makes Alleppey worth a visit. Fast Tack Call Taxi Provides the best deal for booking a cab hire service from Trivandrum to Allepey
Popular Places in Allepey:
Alappuzha beach is one of the major tourist spot in Alappuzha town. Alappuzha lighthouse situated near to the beach. Beach is accessible through various town roads and an elevated highway will passing by the beach as part of Alappuzha bypass in order to preserve the beauty of the area.
2. Marari Beach:
Mararikulam is connected by rail and has a railway station by the same name. It is also well connected by road. NH 47 passes through S.L.Puram, which is 5 km to the east of Mararikulam. Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport. It was rated as one of the worlds top five HAMMOCK BEACH by National Geographic survey. This is the ideal destination for those people who are looking for an escape from their stressful and hectic lifestyle closer to the sea.
3.Revi Karuna Karan Memorial Museum:
Elegant museum showcasing a private family collection, with a diverse array of religious artwork.
Pathiramanal is an island situated in the Vembanad Kayal. The Pathiramanal Island is located between Thannermukkam and Kumarakom and comes under the Muhamma panchayat. This is basically a well protected and perfectly managed Sanctuary for migratory and rare birds. Pathiramanal island is no less than a paradise for those who have a special love for bird watching. In the local language of Kerala, Pathiramanal means “sands of night”. This is indeed a place where even the sand creates a visual treat for the tourists. Once you reach the island, the view from the there is so mesmerizing that you would never think of leaving this place.
5.Backwaters of Kuttanad:
This is one of the most visited places in Alleppey because of its natural beauty. People living around Kuttanad leads a life integrated with backwaters of Kuttanad. The entire length of Kuttanad is 150 km which covers a distance from Kollam to Kochi. You can enjoy this water body with the help of rice barges or houseboats. The better choice would be the houseboats because it will give you a better and comfortable option to enjoy this place thoroughly. You must go for the advance bookings of these houseboats otherwise, you would not be able to hire one.
What makes Kerala different from other states is its old and fascinating architecture. Alleppey offers you a treat of watching and observing this architecture closely in form of Krishnapuram Palace. This is located in Kayamkulam. This could not be found out that when exactly this palace was built. This palace is an archeological museum whose best attraction is a 49 square meter single mural painting which is titled as Gajendra Moksham which means the salvation of elephant king. Apart from these paintings, there is a beautifully landscaped garden situated in the palace compound which should also be visited
Arthunkal Church is also known as the Saint Sebastian Forance Church. If you are visiting Kerala then you must visit this Church. This church is the most sought after Christian holy place in Alleppey. It attracts thousands of devotees every year. The Arthunkal Church is located from about 1.2 km from Cherthala Town. This church was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and it is famous for holding a 10 days festival out here annually. The festival is called as Arthunkal Perunnal.
Another water body that has been included in this list is Vembanad Lake. This lake is the largest one in Kerala as well as the longest one too. There are numerous small lakes which eventually end up meeting in the Vembanad Lake making it the longest one and ever flowing as well. But this is not its length of the vast area which makes it an attraction for the tourists. The most famous boat race which conducts during the Onam festival happens to take place in this Lake only. This is just the perfect place to enjoy the fresh fishes and family time. This is one of the most favorite vacation spots in the entire Kerala.
This ancient temple was built in 16th century and it is still capable of holding that old and antique charm in it. The idol of Krishna in the Alleppey temle was transported from Changanassery in 1614 AD and the Champakulam Boat Race is conducted every year to commemorate the shifting of the idol. This is one of the most visited temples in the entire state of Kerala and even called the Guruvayoor of the south.