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Alappuzha

Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alleppey is situated 62 kilometres (39 mi) to the south of Kochi and 155 kilometers (96 mi) north of Trivandrum. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon. It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. Malayalam is the most spoken language. Hindi, English and Tamil are also widely spoken in the town.

Alleppey is an important tourist destination in India. Backwaters of Alleppey are world famous and is the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin towards north and Quilon(Kollam) to the South. Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India.

Apart from Backwaters some other attractions in Alleppey are Alappuzha Beach offering one of the most beautiful views of the Arabian Sea, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Edathua Church, Krishnapuram Palace also attracts lot of tourists. Coir is the most important commodity manufactured in Alappuzha. The Coir Board was established by the Central government under the provisions of the Coir Industry Act, 1955. There is also a Coir Research Institute functioning at Kalavoor.

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How to get there: Alleppey - Alappuzha

Bus Services:
There are frequent bus services to Alleppey from Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam & Munnar as well by the government of Kerala. These are cheaper Solution for transportation Private bus services also from Bangalore, Coimbatore & Chennai as well these are Luxury Buses. KSRTC BUS SERVICE

By Train
There are Frequent Train services to Alleppey. Some Trains which touches Alleppey Railway station Daily and some trains which touches once or twice or Thrice in a week. You can check the trains on Indian Rail Ways

By Car:
By car you can reach to Alleppey from Kochi/Cochin/Ernakulum by Hardly 01:30 Hrs drive,02:00 Hrs drive from Cochin/Nedumbassery Airport

From Trivandrum will take 03:00 Hrs to Alleppey.

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  • From Munnar it will take 05:00Hrs drive through the Ghats session.
    Local Transport: Local Bus services are frequent. Auto Rickshaw, Taxi services are also available.

    Sight Seeing in Alleppey:
    Alleppey is surrounded with Backwaters canals,lakes and Sea towards Thiruvananthapuram and North of Cochin.
    Backwaters make cherish human hearts and livelihood of nature
    The narrow canals take you to the labyrinth of waterways to the india's largest Lake Vembanad and the villages beside the backwaters.

    Fairs & Festivals in Alleppey
    » Mannarasala Serpent Temple, Harippad (October/November)
    » Chirappu Mahotsavam, Mullackal Temple (December)
    » Chirappu Mahotsavam, Kidangamparampu Temple (December)
    » Chandanakudam, Kakkazhom Juma Masjid Arthungal Perunnal (January)
    » Edathuwa Perunnal (May)
    » Thumpoli Church Perunnal Chettikulangara Kettukazhcha (February/March)

    Boat Races
    » Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada (2nd Saturday of August)
    » Pulinkunnu Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race (last Saturday of August)
    » Champakulam Moolam Boat Race (Moolam day of Midhunam - July)
    » Payippad Jalotsavam (4th Onam day - August/September)
    » Neerettupuram Boat Race (Onam - August/September).

    History of Allepey

    Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a landmark between the broad Arabian sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. It is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India.
    In the early first decade of the 20th century the then Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon made a visit in the State to Alleppey, now Alappuzha. Fascinated by the Scenic beauty of the place, in joy and amazement, he said,
    Alleppey History 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 Romein the Middle Ages. The early Cheras, who had their homes in Kuttanad were called `Kuttuvans` named after this place. The famous travelers Pliny and Ptolemy of the first and 2nd centuries had mentioned about places like Purakkad or Barace in their classical works. The literary works like "Unnuneeli Sandesam" give some insight into the ancient period of this district. Whereas some archeological antiques like stone inscriptions, historical monuments found in the temples, churches, rock-out caves also emphasize its historic value.Christianity had a strong foothold in this district even from the Ist century AD. The church located at Kokkamangalam was one of the seven churches founded by St. Thomas who was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. It is generally believed that he landed at Maliankara in Muziris Port, presently known as Cranganore or Kodungallur in 52 AD and preached Christianity in South India. The district flourished in the field of religion and culture under the second Chera Empire during 9th to 12th century AD. The famous literary work `Ascharya Choodamani` a Sanskrit drama written by Sakthibhadran who was a scholar of Chengannur enables us to know all the facts.

    In the 17th century the Portuguese power declined and the Dutch had a predominant position in the principalities of this district. They built so many factories and warehouses in various places of it for storing pepper, ginger because of the fact that several treaties were signed between the Dutch and the Rajas of Purakkad, Kayamkulam and Karappuram. In course of time they also derived in the political and cultural affairs of the district. At that time Maharaja Marthanda Varma, who was the 'Maker of modern Travancore intervened in the political affairs of those princedoms. In the 19th century the district arrived at progress in all spheres. One of the five subordinate courts opened in the state in connection with the reorganization of the judicial system by Colonel George Monro. This was located at Mavelikkara. The first post office and first telegraph office in the former Travancore state was established in this district. The first manufacturing factory for the coir mats was also established here in 1859. In 1894 the town Improvement Committee was set up.

    The history of Alappuzha District also murmurs the facts of the prominent role that the district played in the freedom struggle of the country. The historic struggles of Punnapra and Vayalar in 1946 constrained the attitude of the people against Sir C. P. Ramaswami Iyer, who was Dewan of Travancore. And this ultimately led to his exit from the political scene of Travancore. A popular Ministry was formed in Travancore on 24 March 1948 after India`s independence, and on 1 July 1949 Travancore and Cochin states were integrated. The position continued till the formation of Kerala State on 1 November 1956 as per the States Reorganization Act 1956. The district came into existence as a separate administrative unit on 1 August 1957. Read about Alappuzha