Places to Visit in Alleppey

Alleppey, one of the most exotic sites of backwater tourism in Kerala, has justly earned the title "Venice of the East" for its labyrinth of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers. This tiny town has become an important tourist destination. Visitors come here for a leisurely retreat in boat cruises along the greenery-fringed stretch of backwaters and also during the time of the annual boat race to catch some action far away from the hustle-bustle of the cities. Go to Alleppey and visit the following places in what is one of Kerala's most mesmerisingly beautiful and relaxing experiences.

Tourist Places in Alleppey

Alleppey Beach

Alleppey Beach, or Alappuzha Beach, has a long stretch of sandy beaches with a lighthouse and a pier jutting out into the sea, a reminder of its age-old maritime importance. The white sandy shores overseeing the Arabian Sea make for a perfect retreat to relax on a quiet and subtle evening.

Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple

Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple in the heart of town is dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeshwari and it gives the feel of a typical Kerala Temple.

Mannarasala Temple

It is like a pilgrimage destination for the followers of Nagaraja, the serpent god. The Mannarasala Temple has over 30,000 images of snakes and special processions and offerings are made to celebrate Mannarsala Aayilyam, the main festival of this temple.

Lake Vembanad

Locally known as the Punnamada Lake, it is the longest lake in India and the largest in Kerala. It covers an area of about 2030 sq km, making it the largest wetland ecosystem in India. The lake boasts a rich biodiversity and is home to a plethora of marine, bird and animal species. The annual snake boat racing event held here is a must-see too.

Alappuzha CSI Christ Church

Built in 1818 by the first Church Missionary Society, Allappuzha CSI Church was the first church to be established in Travancore.

Other Attractions in Alleppey

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The not-to-be-missed spectacle in Alleppey is, of course, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race which began in 1952 on the occasion of the visit of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, to Alleppey. It is now a major event held in the month of August on Punnamada Lake and features the gigantic snake-boats of Kerala, the chundans, which used to be the battleships of the Malayalee kings of ancient times. Today the boat race has grown into Alleppey's single most important tourist event, with each boat being sponsored by a different village. Competition is severe as the boats, with over 100 rowers in each, race to the finish to the accompaniment of rousing music.

Coir Manufacturing Process

Alleppey offers glimpses of the coir manufacturing process from the coconut husk to the final rope or coir yarn stage. There are also several shops selling coir matting and carpets.

Tourist Destinations Near Alleppey

A tourist can make excursions from Alleppey to nearby historic places and scenic spots. Pathiramanal, a beautiful little island in the Vembanad Lake, which can be reached only by boat, is on its way to get developed as a major tourist spot.

Last Updated on : September 27, 2016