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Top 10 Things to do in Alappuzha

-The city of backwaters

Alappuzha
The city of backwaters

Fact & figure
  • Indian union territory :
  • Area : 46.20 km2
  • Population : 174,164
  • Language : Malayalam, Hindi, English
  • Attractions : Sea beach, Bird sanctuary, Backwaters
  • Rainfall : 999 mm
  • Altitude : 11 m
  • Monsoon : May - September
  • Best time to visit : October to March
  • Temprature : 24.6°C - 32.9°C

City Information - Alappuzha

Situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is an important city in Kerela. Famous for its backwater channels, each year Alappuzha receives a huge number of tourists due to it. On his visit, Lord Curzon named the region as the Venice of the East, due to its beautiful backwaters.
The huge Snake boats and canoes play an important part in the lives of the people living in the region. The panoramic view of the coconut trees, and cruise rides on the long water canals make this place a favorite holiday destination.

Top highlights - of Alappuzha

  • The backwater channels of Alappuzha are one of the preferred tourist destinations of the state. Tourists ranging from honeymooners to nature lovers visit the place to enjoy the serene surrounding.
  • Alappuzha has been an important cultural and economic hub of Kerala. Artists like K. Shankar Pillai (cartoonist), Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai (novelist), Kavalam Narayana Panicker (Malayalam poet and dramatist), Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair (musician), Mavelikkara Prabhakara Varma (Carnatic singer), hail from the region.
  • Important tourist’s destinations of Alappuzha are Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Alleppey Backwaters, Alappuzha Beach.
  • Houseboat cruise at Alappuzha is an out of the world experience. These boats are inspired from the Kettuvallams boats of Kerala.

What makes Alappuzha famous ?

The beautiful beaches and the historically significant mountains of the region make Alappuzha an important town of Kerala. Also, the region is well known for its shopping districts selling aromatic spices and silk artifacts.

History of Alappuzha

The area was once the part of the Chera Dynasty and flourished immensely under its rule. During the 1st century A.D., one of the 12 Apostilles of Jesus - Saint Thomas came here to preach Christianity. The city had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome, and its mention can be found in the ancient texts by Ptolemy and Pliny. During the archeological excavation, several artifacts like stone inscription and coins have been discovered which establishes Alappuzha connections with the ancient times.
During the 15th century, Portuguese brought in western influences with them. They built the beautiful St. Andrew’s Basilica, one of the biggest shrines dedicated to St. Sebastian. In the later times Alappuzha, or Alleppey, was included into the Travancore Princely State. The modern town of Alappuzha was established by Raja Kesavadas in the later part of the 18th century.

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