Alleppey (Alappuzha): Referred to as the Venice of the east, this backwater country with its vast network of Lakes, Lagoons and fresh water rivers is immensely beautiful. Venue for the world renowned snake boat races and famous for coir products.
In Kuttanad you can experience the real backwater village life. You can watch the vendors on simple boats selling vegetables, grocery and fish to the households on the banks of these canals another sight is the group of quacking ducks in high decibels and moving across the backwaters in large numbers guided by men on small boats.
Also you can watch men plying on the backwater; some diving down to the water to collect lime shells from the depths and others fishing with their nets and traditional cane basket called Ottal
If you are interested, you can taste the local dishes by dropping at the small traditionally built wayside eateries, which are quiet famous for backwater fish delicacies and tapioca. A popular naturally extracted beverage is the toddy, which is available in plenty and enjoyed by many for its specialty.
The QST and R Block Kayals- These regions are wonders of the indigenous agriculture engineering know-how of Kerala and remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland. Extensive areas of land have been reclaimed from the backwaters and are protected by dike all around, a process that started 100 years ago. Here cultivation and habitation are made possible four to ten meters below sea level. R Block, at nearly 850acres, it the largest reclaimed area.
Chavara bhavan- Located at a distance of 6 km from Alleppey and is accessible only by boat. It is the ancestral home of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It is now a holy shrine and spiritual resort where thousands of devotees gather for prayer receive favors and feel amply gratified. Here, a 250-year-old historically important beacon of light is preserved intact in its original and primitive form.
Champakkulam church - Among the oldest churches in Kerala, the St. mary’s church is believed to be one of the seven established by St. Thomas in AD 427.
Karumadikkuttan statue- Karumadikkuttan statue- (accessible only by boat) Karumadi this village, is known for its 10th century Karumadikkuttan statue, a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to this idol. Some people believe that it is the statue of Jaina but most of the people believe that it is the statue of Buddha.
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Accessing Alleppey (Alappuzha)
Alappuzha has well established rail and road links with major cities of India. Alappuzha is connected by good motorable roads to all parts of Kerala .
Air : The nearest Airport is Cochin International airport (COK). 85km to Alleppey.
Cochin International Airport has direct non-stop international flights to Abu Dhabi, Colombo, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh, Sharjah, and Singapore. It is also linked with Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Agatti, Thiruvanathapuram, Hyderabad and Bangalore by domestic flights.
Rail : Alleppey Railway station (Allp) is 4 Kms from City centre
For train enquiries log on to : http://www.indianrail.gov.in/src_dest_trns.html
Road: Alleppey Bus station is 1 Km from City centre, Frequent buses available from Kochi (Ernakulam), Kollam and Trivandrum
Road Distance from major tourist places:
• Cochin – 65Km (1hr)
• Kottayam – 50Km (1and half hr)
• Thekkady – 150Km (4hrs)
• Munnar - 200Km (5hrs)
• Kollam – 86Km (2hrs)
• Trivandrum – 156Km (3and half hrs)
• Varkala – 120 Km (3hrs)
• Kanyakumari – 245Km (7hrs)
• Madurai – 300Km (8hrs)
• Coimbatore – 280Km (5hrs)
• Bangalore – 580Km
• Goa – 900Km
• Chennai – 580Km