WELCOME TO ALAPPUZHA
Venice of East
Owing to its intrinsic beauty and clean shores, Alappuzha beaches are one of the most beautiful seashores in Kerala. It is the venue of many annual events like Alappuzha Beach festival, Sand Art Festival and more. Alappuzha lighthouse and a 150 year old pier are the other major tourist attractions there.
The Basilica, officially known as St. Andrew’s Forane Church, is a famous pilgrim center of St. Sebastian in South India. Located in the simple and beautiful village of Arthunkal, it was originally built by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. The Arthunkal Perunnal, annual feast of St. Sebastian, is a celebrated event with people from all over the world gathering to celebrate and evoke blessings.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
During the festive season of Onam, the very own harvest festival of Kerala, Aleppy see many a boat races. The most famous is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race which is held on the second Saturday of August every year. Snake boats (Chundan Vallom) of 100-120 feet length and carrying around 100 rowers are raced to win the coveted Nehru Trophy. The traditional Chundan Valloms hold the world record as the biggest water vessel used for sports purpose.
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is the famous Hindu temple of Ambalappuzha, believed to have been built during 15th – 17th AD. The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasarthi with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. Most famous for the Palpayasom (sweet pudding made of rice and milk) served here, there is many interesting myths behind it. It is believed that Guruvayoorappan comes here daily at the time of Palpayasa Nedyam to have it!
Pathiramanal, literally the sands of midnight, is a tiny island located on the backwaters of Alappuzha. Accessible only by boat, this green island is the haven for hundreds of migratory birds from all over the world. Apart from being the birdwatcher’s paradise, Pathiraman is appreciated by the visitors for its scenic virgin beauty.
The Krishnapuram Palace is a rare specimen of the Kerala style of architecture, complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. Today the palace is an archaeological museum, and the most fascinating exhibit here is the 49 sq.m – Gajendra Moksham – the largest single band of mural painting so far discovered in Kerala. A newly erected Buddha mandapam, where a recently recovered statue of the Buddha is housed and other rare antique bronze sculptures and paintings constitute the other attractions here.
Karumadikkuttan is the endearing name given to the black granite idol of Lord Budha. Many fascinating legends are associated with this half- chipped 11th century statue of Lord Buddha, protected by the State Archaeological Department. The locals regard the Karumadikuttan with affection and he is credited with many healing powers.