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Alappuzha
Alappuzha
Location of Alappuzha
in Kerala and India
Coordinates 9°29′N 76°20′E / 9.49°N 76.33°E / 9.49; 76.33
Country  India
State Kerala
District(s) Alappuzha District
Population
Density
2,105,349 (2001)
1,492 /km2 (3,864 /sq mi)
Sex ratio 1079 /
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area 1,414 km2 (546 sq mi)
Website www.alappuzha.nic.in

Alappuzha (Malayalam: ആലപ്പുഴ), also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the List of places known as Venice of the East by Lord Curzon. It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. Though the present town owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century, district of Alappuzha figures in classical Literature. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms, was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in Antiquity and in the Middle Ages, as well as with other parts of India. Alappuzha has a lighthouse, which is a major tourist attraction.

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Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[1] Alappuzha had a population of 177,079. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Alappuzha has an average literacy rate of 84%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Politics

Alappuzha assembly constituency is part of Alappuzha (Lok Sabha constituency). The other Lok Sabha constituency of the district is Mavelikkara. [2]

Commerce and Tourism

Soon after Alappuzha was developed as a port by the Diwan Raja Kesavadas, the town started functioning as the main commercial centre of the state of Travancore. Export flourished from the port. Spices like pepper were the main export items. Thachil Mathoo Tharakan, a close confidante of the Diwan, pioneered the export of timber. Domestic trade was also active. Many traders from Gujarat came and settled down here to do trading, leading to the presence even now of a Gujarati community in the town. Alappuzha is a centre for coir industries. Later coir (different kinds of rope made from coconut fibre) became a major product of the town, both for local and world markets.

Public Transport Boat service in Kerala

Alappuzha is now the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer durations to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bedrooms and attached bathrooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kuttanad style. Alappuzha is unique in that it is the only district in Kerala without forest.

House Boat, Punnamada Backwaters, Alappuzha

The main cultural and spiritual events of Alappuzha are Chambakkulam Moolam boat race, Chettikulangara Bharani and Nehru Trophy boat race.

Alappuzha is bordered by Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts on east, Kollam district on south, Ernakulam district on north and the Arabian Sea on west.

The picturesque CSI Christ Church in Alappuzha town was built in 1818 by the first CMS (Church Missionary Society) missionary to the erstwhile state of Travancore, Rev. Thomas Norton. It was the first Anglican Church to be established in Travancore.

The Poomkavu Church is situated in the out-skirts of Alappuzha, and is a famous destination for Christian pilgrims. Other famous religious destinations are

  1. Mullackal Raja Rajeshwari Temple
  2. Mannarasala Temple
  3. Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple, Mavelikkara
  4. Champakulam Church
  5. Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
  6. Edathua Church
  7. East Juma Masjid (near Dutch Square) and West Juma Masjid (near Iron Bridge) were built centuries back and Salafi Juma Masjid Mosque is built by the Nadvathul Mujahideen during 1990's and inaugurated by late Sulaiman Sait Sahib (fomer IUML President).
  8. Kidangamparambu Devi Temple
  9. Kalarcode Major Mahadeva Temple
  10. Pathiyamkulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple
  11. Pazhveedu Sree Krishna Swami Temple
  12. Vallya Kalavoor Sri Krishna Swami Temple, Kalavoor.
  13. Velikkattuthara Devi Temple, Kuttanadu, Govenda.
  14. Elangumatom Sri Khnda Karna Swami Temple, Talavadi.
  15. Kottangulangara Devi and Maha Vishnu Temple (1800 years old)
  16. Mararikkulam Mahadeva (Shiva) Temple
  17. Kanichukulangara Devi Temple
  18. Korthusseril Bhagavathi (Devi) Temple

Latest addition to Alappuzha is the Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum [1] featuring countless arts and artefacts. Revi Karunakaran was the architect of modern Coir industry that still employs more than 500,000 people in the state of Kerala. The objects featured at the Museum were collected by his family over three generations and features unique artistic pieces from all parts of the world.

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Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple

Mullakkal Temple located in the heart of Alappuzha city, dedicated to the goddess Rajarajeswari. Mullakkal Chirappu is one of the main festival time for Alappuzha people. Devotees throng the temple in large numbers to seek the blessings of the Devi .

The nine day Navarathri festival is celebrated with all festivities in Alappuzha, particularly the last two days, Mahanavami and Vijayadasami. Another important festival of the temple is 'Thaipooyakavadi'. About fifteen 'Kavadis' take part in the procession of 'Thaipooyakavadi' festival.

By road it is about 60 km from Eranakulam. There are many stories behind this temple. Some say that the idol seen here was brought by the soldiers of the Thekkumkur king. They were supposed to have kept it in a Jasmine Garden. The idol got permanently fixed at this spot and later a temple was constructed by the king Devanarayana of Chembagasery.

Payasam, Vada, Appam are normally offered to the Goddess as Naivedyam. The first Sunday of December is celebrated in this temple as a women's festival. On that Day all functions of the temple are carried out by women only.

The temple timings are 5 AM to 10.30 AM and between 5 to 8 PM.

Chettikulangara Bharani

This temple is very famous in Kerala, as it is believed that the deity of the Bhagawathy temple has miraculous healing powers. The temple situates in Mavelikkara. In February and March the temple is teeming with life as the festival of Bharani takes place during this time. The temple comes alive with activities and grand feasts. The Bharani festival celebrated in the month of Kumbham is quite an event to the people of this locality and neighbouring places. This festival celebrated with pomp and gaiety is now been widely known as the Kumbhamela of South. Lakhs of people from different parts of Kerala and abroad visit Chettikulangara to participate in this event.

The entrance of the Haripad Subrahmanya Swami temple

The highlight of the festival is Kuthiyottam and Kettukazha. Kuthiyottam is performed as an important offering to the deity. This is a ritual dance practiced and perfected through several centuries. It can be witnessed in several houses of Chettikulangara and in neighbouring areas. The houses are decorated, and the portrait of the deity is installed in temporary structures. Kuthiyottam starts a week before Bharani day. It is a type of folk dance performed by youths with the accompaniment of folk music and other musical instruments.

Chettikulangara Kettukazhcha, conducted every year on the Bharani Nakshathram of Malayalam month ‘Kumbham - It is probably the most amazing cultural visual spectacle in Kerala, similar to the Thrissur Pooram.

The event is an offering of the people of Chettikulangara to their beloved deity known for her spontaneous blessings on true devotees as a mark of gratitude, devotion, unflinching faith, and for showering prosperity and protection to their lives. ‘Kettukazhcha’ displays deftly sculpted and decorated forms of ‘ six temple cars known as ‘Kuthiras’, five Therus’ (Chariots ) and icons of Bhima and Hanuman. All the temple cars, chariots and the icons are all incredibly gigantic in size and are many times larger than any other similar Kuthiras and Therus built during the festivities at other temples in the Central Travancore region.

On the move, these out of the world sky scrapping colourful decorations are electrifying, and will create an unforgettable artistic impression in union, especially during the night in the back drop of illuminated lights. Chettikulangara Kettukazhcha heralds the architectural and aesthetic acumen of the ancient people of Chettikulangara, who could convert an improbable out of the world concept to an enormous artistic reality, achieved by collective hardships and will power.

Snake boat races are the most significant traditional event in Alappuzha. These spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat races are the Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Champakulam Moolam Boat Race. preethikulangara duga devi temple

Educational Institutions

Alappuzha district has a proud educational history. The district has more than ten Arts and Science Colleges, one Medical College (T.D. Medical College) in the government sector, Engineering Colleges and Polytechnics.

The first school in Alleppey, the CMS (Church Missionary Society) Compound School (near the CSI Christ Church), was established in 1816. The first Higher secondary school in Alleppey was Leo XIIIth Higher Secondary School (Formerly known as Leo XIIIth English Medium High School, dedicated to Pope Leo XIII), started in 1888. S D V English Medium Higher Secondary School and Matha Senior Secondary School are premier institutions in Alappuzha for pre-graduate education. University Institute of Technology (U I T), St. Joseph College for Women, and Sanathana Dharma College (S D College) are the institutions for common people to study under the Kerala University. The Ravi Varma Government Fine Arts College is at Mavelikkara.

Social and Cultural Institutions

The district of Alappuzha is the place where the Kerala State Library Council was born on September 14, 1945. The council formed as a meeting of all libraries of Travancore conducted at P.K. Memorial Library, Ambalappuzha. The library council in Alappuzha district conducts a wide variety of socio-cultural programs in the district, as well as computer education.

Saradamandiram - aradamandiram is a house built by Kerala Panini A.R. Rajarajavarma near Sri Krishna Swami Temple at Mavelikkara. He spent his latter part of life there. The Kerala government acquired Saradamandiram and preserves it as a memorial. Famous as Kerala Panini, A.R. was born on February 20, 1863. He is the first grammarian of Malayalam. He was instrumental in bringing about drastic changes in the educational system by revising the syllabus and reforming the Kudippallikkoodam ("Hut Schools") style. He prepared textbooks himself to overcome a textbook shortage. He was a reputed professor. His close disciples include Sahitya Panchanan P.K. Narayana Pillai, and Swadeshabhimani K. Ramakrishna Pillai. He died on June 18, 1918.

A.R. is the first ever Indian principal of The Maharajas College (now University College) at Thiruvananthapuram. He is the man who visualized a university uniquely for Kerala. Rajarajavarma actively led the reformist group in the Prasavadha, which revitalised the craft and soul of Malayalam poetry. Malaya Vilasam, written by A.R., is considered an example of his talent as a poet. By writing several introductions to renowned poetic works, he proved himself as the pioneer of the modern critical approach in Malayalam literature.

The Buddha Statue

The statue is located at Mavelikkara. The statue is in seated posture, resembling Padmasana. A feature common to the idols is that hair has not been engraved on the head. Studies by the Archaeology Department have not been able to explain the absence of hair which is common in Buddha statues of the Gandhara and Mathura tradition. The head has markings resembling a headgear. Though the department has made a pagoda-like structure for the statue, no information on the idol is available to tourists who visit the area. Local people in the area light lamps before the idol. The idol at Mavelikkara is four feet high and is perhaps the biggest in the region. The engravings on the head resemble the helmets of Greek statues. The mark of a sacred thread is visible on the body. Another feature is the marking of a shawl on one shoulder. Here the Archaeological Department has put up a board specifying the age of the statue.

KPSC KPSC the, the drama club with historical background is situated in Kayamkulam. Many genius artist came out from this club.

Taluks

Places in Alappuzha

Media

AIR AM/MW Relay station

Alappuzha - 576 kHz Arthunkal starnet cable vision THE MIRROR OF ALAPPUZHA

See also

References

External links

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The district of Alappuzha [1], also known as Alleppey, is in Kerala. This district headquarters is also known as Alappuzha and is located 70 kilometres south of Cochin. It is often called the Venice of the East due to the canals that connect it to Kerala's famous snaking backwaters.

Understand

Alleppey has a wonderful past. Though the present town owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century, district of Alappuzha figures in classical LiteratureThe best thing about Alappuzha and Kerala in general is the weather. Due to its proximity to the ocean it is more temperate than central India. The temperature rarely goes above 35 degrees Celsius and never below 20 degrees. The best time to visit is from August to March. Monsoon is always heavy.

Get in

By plane

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport. Expect to pay about 450rp for a taxi to get from Cochin airport to Cochin, then Bus or train to Alleppey. Alternatively come to airports at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kozhikode (Calicut), Chennai, Bangalore and catch a train to Alappuzha.

By train

You can also reach Alappuzha from other cities like Kochi(Cochin), Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bengalooru(Bangalore), Coimbatore, Mumbai(Bombay), New Delhi, and Kolkata by train.

By bus

There are bus services operating from cities like Cochin (1:15 hours, Rs 33), Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore (overnight luxury Rs 650), Mysore, Coimbatore (overnight Rs.220) to Alappuzha.

By car

Alappuzha district is well-connected by NH 47, which is part of the North-South East-West corridor. It goes via the Alappuzha, Ambalapuzha and Cherthala cities. Alappuzha is well connected to other cities Kochi, Kottayam, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore by road.

Tourist taxis are the most convenient way to travel around attractions, especially while travelling in a group. Most airports and railway stations have tourist taxi services that would take you anywhere you would want to go.

Boat carrying coconuts
Boat carrying coconuts

By bus

Alappuzha has an excellent local bus service system and it is cheap.

By autorickshaw

This is cheap way of transportation between attractions.

By taxi

Local taxis are also available at cheap rates. There are many Car rental companies offering cars with drivers or self drive. Rates are around Rs 7 per km but there are all sorts of extras.

By boat

When you are visiting places like Kuttanad, it's better to opt for boats, as many places in Kuttanad are inaccessible by road.

There are also good ferry services between places that are widely used by the locals, a cheap and scenic way of getting around.

By foot

Many of Alappuzha's attractions are easily accessible by foot.

  • Alleppey is known for its snake-boat race - the Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race [2], held on the second Saturday of August. It is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated it in 1952. The race is very popular with the locals. Traditional snake boats, each manned by over a hundred local people compete for the Cup. Tourists could rent a houseboat and watch the race close up from those boats.
  • If you are visiting Alappuzha, enquire about the schedule of temple festivals. Alappuzha is one of the few towns in Kerala where non-Hindus are generally allowed enter the temple premises. Most of the famous Kerala temples do not allow such thing, and if you are a foreigner you are immediately branded as non-Hindu and prevented from entering. Alappuzha temples are generally not that narrow-minded, though there might be a few areas inside the temples where the entry is restricted. The Ambalapuzha temple festival is particularly impressive. Five elephants carry the Krishna idol for quite a long distance with a music accompaniment. The temple is 14 kilometres away from Alappuzha. It is famous for its rose palpayasam. The temple makes this traditional very sweet milk-based dish as an offering. Because of long boiling the milk condenses turning light pink colour.
  • Alleppey has a high percentage of Christians. St. Mary’s Church (Champakulam) is believed to be one of the seven churches established by St. Thomas.
  • Sreekrishna Swamy Temple, Ambalapuzha.  edit
  • Karimadi Kuttan (Karimadi, Near Ambalapuzha). 9th century black granite statue of the Buddha, locally known as Karimadi Kuttan. This statue is protected by the Archeological survey of India.  edit
  • Houseboat cruises Alappuzha is inlaid with channels that support its thriving backwater tourism. Many tourists that come to Alappuzha take a houseboat cruise along the backwaters. Houseboats can be rented for 12 Hrs to few days and there is a new hop-on, hop-off service through remote backwaters in a shared-houseboat. They come equipped with well furnished bedroom, sit-outs, kitchen and modern bath and toilet facilities. Some of the house boats even sport an air-conditioner, though most people prefer a calm cruise with lanterns which add to the rustic feel. The houseboats are manned by drivers and a cook. From the boat one can observe the everyday village life of people, stop for toddy (traditional mildly alcoholic drink made from coconut sap) with grilled prawns, watch birds, and relax in the middle of the lake. It is nice to go towards Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, where rice farming is done below sea level.
  • It's advisable to book a houseboat through houseboat operator rather than depending on touts. Touts take commissions between Rs 500 to 2000. Booking on the internet can be a good option, rather than waiting for last-minute booking during the high season. You may get a better price if you book on internet and most operators have good service. As of the 20th October 2009, prices at the Jetty "Finishing Point" were: 8,000Rs overnight (21 hours) for standard, non-a/c... 10,000Rs for standard a/c and 12,000Rs for Premium. Lucky tourists can try last minute bargain with a houseboat operator whose boat does not have business on a particular day and can get a 2 a/c bedroom houseboat for one night even for 7,000.

Some contacts for houseboat booking are:

  • Gwyns Holidays[3]: They have been giving excellent service to its clients. You can write to them in English or French.
  • Eco Trails Kerala Houseboat Cruise operator with good reputation among European tourists. They are operating Houseboats from Kumarakom and from Alleppey too. All the contact details can are in their web site [www.thehouseboatskerala.com]
  • Lake King Cruise: As of April 2009, these folks could be reached at +91-986938488 or +91-477-2234344. They charged 4000Rs for a 12 hour day trip for two people on an air-conditioned houseboat with an upper deck. Although the staff were lovely, the manager Sebin Philip is a businessman and may disconnect some lights as you look at the boat and then charge you premium price rather than standard. He is also absent in the morning when you arrive back and cannot be reached.
  • Activities Overnight canoe trips, bamboo furniture making classes, music lessons, yoga, painting classes etc are organised daily at the Bamboostix Island Resort. Ayurvedic Massage & courses at Sreekrishna and Keraleeyam. Anil at Seashore restaurant organises boating on small foam boat used by Kerala fishermen and even fishing expeditions
  • Alleppey beach is another nice place to hang out. However, it is not a place for swimming. The water is very deep and the current is very strong. Sun tanning might not be a good idea unless you are in a private place. (Personal note: I often go swimming from the Seashore Restaurant owned by Anil who is a lifeguard at the beach and his small hideaway is further north from the main beach. I have never experienced strong currents in non-monsoon periods)
  • Main industry in Alleppey is coir manufacturing. Coir is made of coconut husk. Some of bigger producers organize tours of their facilities
  • A bicycle can be rented to tour the town and surrounding areas although travelers are advised to be alert and cautious of unpredictable traffic.
  • Kreamkorner: This place has two locations (Mullackal Road and Cullan Road) with a relaxed atmosphere and is popular with Indian and foreign families. There's a multicuisine menu with tandoori choices, and the cold coffee with ice-cream beats a frappuchino any day.
  • Chakara Restaurant: The restaurant at Raheem Residency is the most expensive, and best, place in town. The menu is creative and combines elements of traditional Keralan and European cuisine. Wine is available. Beach Road, Alappuzha (Phone: 2230767)
  • Arcadia Regency, a 4 star hotel has just opened in 2006, but has priced meals at really low prices to attract customers.
  • Vembanad Restaurant: At the Alleppey Prince Hotel, it's well worth making the trip out here. One of the better eating options around, you can dine poolside to live music (nightly from 18:30 )
  • Halai's Fried Chicken: This is a small restaurant near Alleppey South Police Station and serves the best biryani in town. (Highly Recommended)
  • Orient Venice Inn Independent Cottages in Alappuzha. Chungam , Orient venice inn is situvated in chungam, alappuzha. Cottage is well furnished with a/c and nice vast greenary around with water front which leads to punnamada lake. See Orient Venice Inn for More Details
  • Arcadia Regency: See Arcadia Regency website for more details. As of April 2009, it is a decent and hygienic city hotel.
  • Bamboostix Island Resort claims to have been 'built by backpackers, for backpackers" is a new eco-resort on an island. Very unique construction with bamboo, thatch and coconut with unique activities like bamboo furniture making, music lessons, overnight canoe trips and shared houseboat cruises
  • Raheem Residency, classic Indian colonial villa refurbished in a grand style by European owners;now a recognised Heritage Hotel of India; swimming pool imported from France; rooftop restaurant overlooking the Arabian Sea; Ayurveda. Described by Lonley Planet 2005 as "the only top-end place worth considering".
  • Hotel Royale Park, a three star category hotel[4] located in the heart of Alappuzha Town, it is located just opposite to Seemati Theater and Vireyya Theater. The hotel having 35 rooms, you can have A/C, Non A/c, Deluxe Rooms, there are Marvelous Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Executive Bar. Foods are just tongue melting, you can arrange Board Meetings, Business Meetings for more than 100 Pax.
  • A travel help page to Alapuzha[5]
  • Malayalam Resort is a small (4 rooms) place must be the most photographed (but amazingly least stayed at!) along the edge of the backwater. It is run by a friendly family who cook the best meals in candlelight. Next to the bigger, more popular Keraleeyam which has ayurvedic massages.
  • Punnamada Lake Resort - a beautiful resorts on the bank of Punnamada Kayal [Lake], has its own house boats "http://www.punnamada.com/"
  • KALYANI KUNJUMON TATTUKADA, LALARCODE. eat mouthwatering beef fry and tapioca from here  edit
  • Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort, Alleppey, Kerala, Jana Sakthi Road, Kayippuram, Muhamma, Alleppey 688525, Kerala (resort situated on the Western shore of Kumarakom, at the very edge of Vembanad Lake with a magnificent view of the calm backwaters.), [6]. checkin: 1300; checkout: 1100. The resort offers 27 luxury rooms and suites; and a premium two bedroom airconditioned house boat with an upper deck jacuzzi (The Cruising Villa) anchored at the resort’s private jetty.   edit
  • Hotel Royale Park, a three star hotel, located in town centre [7], having 35 rooms with A/C, Non A/C, Deluxe, Super Deluxe categories. There are restaurants, coffee shops, board rooms, banquet hall with more than 200 pax capacity.
  • Bamboostix island resort (punnamada lakeside), Punnamada Lake (Alleppey), +91(0)9995821015 or 14, [8]. checkin: 12.00; checkout: 11.00. www.istay.in bamboostix@istay.in Ring Us!!!! +91(0)9995821015 or 14 – Bamboostix island Resort, is the best place With a sense of fun and adventure.Built by BACKPACKER, FOR BACKPACKERS. “REAL - HUG – WITH NATURE” Waking up to 400 acre views of lush Green Rice fields on one side and India’s biggest Lake on the other side ( Kerala backwater) No pollution and no road access. And here comes the best part…..super low Price! Travelers best choice in alleppey Backwater.Highly recommend place. PHOTO SESSION Take the picture of Birds(kingfisher, Parrets, crane, eagle etc), Fisherman, Farmers, Sunset, Sunrise, Rice field, Lake, Snake boat, Narrow Cannels, Coconut trees Mango tress, Old house etc…………. FACILITES & THINGS TO DO: *KERALA SPECIAL COOKING CLASS *CANOEING TRIPS *OPEN AIR LAKE VIEW RESTAURANT *LAKE VIEW ROOMS *MASSAGING *FISHING AND SWIMMING IN LAKE *ROOF-TOP SUNBATHING *LOTS OF CHILL-OUT AREAS *LOTS OF BOOKS & GAMES REGARDS SARATH +91 (0) 9995821014 400. (2000,3 km) edit
  • Keralahouseboats.in (Premium houseboats in Kerala), Punamada Jetty, Alleppey, Kerala (Near Alleppey town), 91 9312163396, [9]. checkin: 12h00; checkout: 10h00. Located at Punammada jetty, we have state of the art one bedroom houseboats and 2 bedroom houseboats for cruising between Alleppey and Kumarakom or for overnight Alleppey round or Kumarakom round cruising. 5500. (1 bedroom ac houseboat,) edit
  • Palmy Residency, North of DPTC Ladder Bridge, Alleppey 688013 (Walk back along the road from the bus station, and cross the river over the first footbridge you come to. Take the small lane opposite the footbridge steps, and walk for about five minutes. It's on your right.), (0)477 2235938, [10]. is fairly central in Alappuzha. The rooms are relatively spacious, very clean and well maintained. The staff are very friendly, and can also arrange highly backwater barge trips which come highly recommended, both for their comfort and relative inexpensiveness. budget.  edit
  • Sree Nagaraja Temple in Mannarasala is 32 kilometers south of Alappuzha near Harippad. It is a Brahman family owned snake temple featuring beautiful stone carvings of snakes throughout its territory. It is headed by a priestess. The temple deity is credited with restoring fertility in women. The turmeric paste available there supposedly cures many diseases.
  • 18th century Krishnapuram Palace is located 47 kilometers south of Alappuzha on the way to Kollam. Its two-story building is typical of Kerala architecture. It contains impressive murals worth watching. The palace also housed a museum of antique sculptures and artefacts.
  • Sree Subrahmonia Swamy temple : Sree Subrahmonia Swamy temple, at Haripad, is one of the oldest and most important temples devoted to Lord Subrahmonia. It is situated at the 53rd Kilometre on the Kollam-Alapuzha highway. Annually three festivals are celebrated in this temple, of which the Chithira festival is the most important. It takes place in Medom (April-May). The procession with the golden peacock throne is quite attractive. The beautiful peacock in the temple is a great feast for your eyes (More.... http://www.haripad.com/)
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