Referred to as the 'Venice of the East' by travellers from across the world, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Caressed by the Arabian Sea in the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, this backwater country shelters some unique animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed an exclusive place in the maritime history of Kerala. Famous for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry, the singularity of this land is the region called Kuttanad - a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. This one-time prosperous trading and fishing centre is today a world renowned backwater tourist destination.
Telephone Access Code: +91 477
Altitude: Sea level
Area: 1414 sq. km
Population: 2,109,160 (2011 census)
One of Kerala's most exotic backwater destinations. As the venue for the world renowned Nehru Trophy Boat Race, these backwaters come alive during the month of August every year. A houseboat journey the ideal way to soak in the delights of rustic Alappuzha.
Kuttanad, called the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' because of its wealth of paddy crops, is at the very heart of the backwaters. Set in the interiors of Alappuzha, Kuttanad is a vast area of reclaimed land separated by dikes from water that is actually a few feet higher.
This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. The pier here, which extends into the sea, 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 whict fascinating to visitors.
Many fascinating legends are associated with this 11th century statue of Lord Buddha, protected by the State Archaeological Department, The locals regard the Kuttan with affection and he is credited with many healing powers
Built by Marthanda Varma, this palace at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam is famous for its three-metre high mural, depicting the story of Gajendromoksham. Dating back to the 18th century
Spread over 10 acres, this little island on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world,Lying between the backwaters of Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom,
The park offers boating facilities and a swimming pool. Boat rentals for 10 minutes:' Round boat (4 seater): Rs, 10' Pedal boat (2 seater): as. 15' Pedal boat (4 seater): Rs. 25 Video permit: Rs. 15 Camera permit: Rs,10,
This museum-cum-memorial hall is dedicated to the memory of the late Thakazhi Sivasankaran Pillai, the famous writer who won the Jnanpeeth award in 1984, and whose writings include 35 novels and 600 short stories.
These regions are wonders of the indigenous agricultural engineering know-how of Kerala and remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland,
A picnic spot with children's park & boating facilities. Other facilities for children: Toy train, bicycles, Video permit: Rs. 25, Camera permit: Rs. 5.
Visitors to Mannar, besides the extraordinary skill and application of the metal craftsmen here,
Feel free and relaxed as your eyes, passionately enjoy the bewitching Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater stretch in Kerala.
Build in the typical Kerala architectural style, this temple is famous allover India for the Palpayasam,daily offering of deliciously sweet milk porridge.
Established in 1810, the church is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal mental disorders and other ailments.
Legend has it that the first priestess of Mannarasala gave birth to a five-headed snake, which is believed to reside in the ancestral house to safeguard
Situated on the border of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts, the famous rivers Pamba and Manimala flow on either side of the temple