Alappuzha or Allepey is one of the most popular district of Kerala, boasts of awe-inspiring beauty with the Arabian Sea on the west and vast tangle of cerulean lakes, serene backwaters, and fresh waters rivers. It is regarded as 'Venice of East.
History of the place- The city was established by Divan of Travancore- Raja Keshawdasan in 1762. Due to its propinquity to the sea, the town of Alappuzha is previously known as Alleppey, has remained in significant place in the nautical history of Kerala. It has a glorious past during communist rebellion against the British aristocracy in 1946. Right now it is notable for its backwaters, pristine beaches, exciting boat races, romantic houseboat holidays and coir industry.
Places of Interest
Champakulam church- It is considered as one of the most ancient churches in Kerala and is said to be founded by St Thomas. Champakulam church organizes many festivals such as Annual Banquet on 3rd Sunday of October, and fest of St Joseph on 19th march.
Alappuzha Church- It is one of the most visited beaches of Kerala, offers variety of Tourist attractions from picnic to beach entertainment. The most famous beach of the place is Vijaya beach where you can enjoy swimming pool, 137 year old house deck and boating facilities.
Light House- It was constructed in 1862 and was the first lighthouse built in Western coast.
Annarsala Shree Nagaria Temple- Located around Harippad 32 km from Alappuzha, the temple is known for only temple dedicated to serpent God Nagaria.
Karumadikuttan- Located 3 km east of Ambalpuzha, the temple is renowned for 11th century statue of Lord Buddha. The statue is associated with interesting Buddhist legends
Houseboat Cruises- It is one of the major attractions of Alappuzha where you can enjoy houseboats through the enchanting backwaters, dreamy and picturesque setting.