Tourism in AlappuzhaPopularly known as Alleppy this small town is headquartered in the District of Alappuzha. Malayalam is the native language but Tamil, Hindi and English are spoken here. In Malayalam Alappuzha means a land that is positioned between rivers and sea. Its name is apt considering how this small town has been geographically positioned.
Places to Visit in Alappuzha
Backwater CruiseThe highlight of Alappuzha is the backwater cruises that take you around serene waters of Kerala. There are daily boat cruises operating by DTPC and these ferry rides would take about 8 hours to travel. The backwater area of the Vembanad Lake happens to be one of the largest with an area of 200 km which opens out to the sea. The ecosystem is also unique with wide variety of species like crabs, frogs, birds and many other aquatic animals.
Alappuzha BeachThe Alappuzha is an ideal picnic spot with your family amidst the cool breeze from sea and lush green trees surrounding it. Near the beach you have the Vijaya Park which has some interesting games for children. It also has boating facilities too.
Kerala House Boats
Touring Alappuzha in a houseboat is a completely different experience. In earlier times these boats also known as kettuvallams or rice boats were used to transport rice and other commodities to nearby towns. But today these boats have been transformed as boat houses accommodating tourists. They vary in sizes with a length of 95 feet long and width of 13 feet while bigger ones measure 107 feet in length and 19 feet width. They come equipped with all facilities and even have generators for supplying power. They have kitchens, dining rooms, air-conditioned bedrooms all to suit the needs of the tourists.
KuttandThis small stretch of land is known for its green paddy fields and the simple rural lifestyle of the villagers here. Enriched with lakes and canals this place is ideal for vegetation. Manimala, Pampa and Achancovil are some of the major rivers that flow here.
The Nehru Trophy Boat RaceThe Nehru Trophy Boat Race happens every year at the Punnamada Lake which is situated near Alappuzha. Known as Vallam kalli this race is played with all the competition and spirit. This sport has been named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and it occurs every year in month of August.
The Krishnapuram Palace can be dated back to the 18th century and was constructed by the great king Marthandavarma.The exquisite collection of art, sculptures and antiques is amazing and has travelers come here to marvel at its collection.
Sree Krishna TempleThe Sree Krishna Temple located in Ambalapuzha is renowned temple in South India.The annual festival held on Atham as per Malayalam calendar is celebrated with great splendor. Ambalapuzha palpayasam the sweet dish given to the devotees by the temple is also famous for its exceptional taste.
Arthunkal ChruchThis is famous pilgrim spot of Christians and is situated in Cherthala approximately 22 Km away from Alappuzha. The traditional feast of the church known as Arthunkal perunal is celebrated for a period of two weeks in the month of January.
Shopping in AlappuzhaAlappuzha has good variety of coir products, handicrafts and carpets. It also has some good variety of spices but this town may not have all that a regular shopper may be looking for. But it does have a good collection of clothes, traditional jewellery, bronze wares and more.
Markets in AlappuzhaSarada Shopping Complex: Here you have outlets dealing in household goods and vegetables. It is easily accessible and is located at a distance of 2.8Km away from the Alappuzha Railway Station.
Aiswarya Jewellery Shop: This dealer is famous for the variety collection of both traditional as well modern jewellery available in Alappuzha.
Krishna Textiles Shop: If you wish to do purchase clothes or some traditional attire you can opt for the Krishna Textile Shop. They are only at a distance of 0.64 km from Alappuzha town.
Chandra Babu Shopping Complex: This is another complex that have different outlets dealing in clothes, accessories and many more. It is approximately .30Km away from Alappuzha town.
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Best Time to visit AlappuzhaIt’s best to avoid visiting Alappuzha during the summer and rainy season. Alappuzha experiences heavy showers between the months of June-September. The climate is pretty humid due to its nearness to the sea. Summer season falls in the month of March and April with temperature reaching a maximum of about 32 °C (95°F). So the apt time would be between September to March which also happens to be the peak time for boat cruises.
How to Reach AlappuzhaRoad
Alappuzha is well connected by roads, rail, air and water transports. Both private as well as state run KSRTC bus services run through and fro city. Major cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam can be reached through the NH-47 highway.
For more details Alappuzha KSRTC Bus Station, Tel: +91 477 2252501
Alappuzha railway station located at a distance of 4 km from the main city, connects it to important cities like Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai and Kochi.
Railway enquiry: +91 477 2253965
The Cochin International Airport (78Km) is the nearest air transport available. Other options include Trivandrum Airport (159Km) Calicut airport (236 Km), and Coimbatore (254Km).
Boats and jetty services is another common means of transport for the common man in Alappuzha. You can even opt to go to the towns like Kottayam and Kollam through the jetty services. Opposite to the KSRTC bus stand is the SWTD boat jetty that will take you around this town.
Alappuzha Boat Jetty: Tel: +91 477 2252015;
SWTD (public boat service enquiry) Tel: 2252510
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Tourism office detailsDistrict Tourism Promotion Council
Tel: 2253308 Fax: 2251720,
Tourist Information Office, Dept. of Tourism, Tel: 2260722