Major Tourist Attractions in Alleppey
Kuttanad in Alleppey
Kuttanad, called the rice bowl of Kerala because of its wealth of paddy crops, is at the very heart of the backwaters. The scenic countryside of Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways also has a rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. This is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea level. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region.
Alleppey Beach
Alleppey Beach
Alleppey Beach is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alleppey. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attractions of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse which is greatly fascinating to visitors.
Revi Karunakaran Museum
Revi Karunakaran memorial Museum in Alleppey
Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum features 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.
Vijaya Beach Park
Vijaya Park Alleppey
Vijaya Beach Park is famous as a picnic spot. The Park is situated close to the spectacular Alleppey Beach. The Children's Park here provides Toy Trains and Bicycles for the Children. Boating Facility is also an added attraction at the park and is open to the visitiors daily.
Pathiramanal Island
Pathiramanal Island Alleppey
According to mythology a young brahmin dived into the Vembanad lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating the enchanting Pathiramanal Island. This little island is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat.
Q,S,T & R Block Kayal
Q, S T & R Block Kayals in Alleppey
Q, S, T & R Block Kayal Regions are wonders of the indigenous agricultural 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 dikes built all around. Here cultivation and habitation are made possible four to ten feet below sea level.
Ambalapuzha Temple
Ambalapuzha Temple in Alleppey
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is built in the typical Kerala architectural style. This temple is famous for the daily offering of deliciously sweet milk porridge (Palpayasam). Paintings of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu (Dasavatharam) are on display on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam. Ottanthullal, a satiric art form originated by the poet Kunchan Nambiar, was first performed on the premises of this temple.
Arthunkal Church
Arthunkal Bascillica Church in Alleppey
Arthunkal St. Andrew's Forane Church, the first Parish of the Diocese of Alleppey was elevated to the status of Basilica on 9th of July 2010. Arthunkal Basilica is the 7th Basilica in Kerala. Arthunkal is a major Christian pilgrim centre in Alappuzha district of Kerala. The St. Sebastian's church feast at St Andrew's Basilica Church is celebrated from 10 to 27 Jan.
Edathua Church
Edathua Church in Alleppey
Edathua Church, established in 1810, is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments. During the annual feast (5th, 6th and 7th of May) pilgrims from all parts of South India, irrespective of caste and creed, visit the church and seek the blessings of the saint.
Mannarasala Temple
Mannarasala Temple in Alleppey
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple at Haripad is a serpent shrine under the patronage of a Brahman family, headed by a priestess. The ancient shrine is a pilgrim centre dedicated to the Serpent God Nagaraja. Sarpa Yakshi and Naga Yakshi are the beloved consorts of Nagaraja. It is believed that Nagaraja as the installed diety is endowed with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and the spirit of Lord Shiva.
Chettikulangara Temple
Chettikulangara Temple in Alleppey
The Kettukazhcha festival at Chettikulangara Bagavathy Temple in Mavelikara draws large crowds of devotees. Processions of tall decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make a spectacular pageant
Krishnapuram Palace
Krishnapuram Palace in Alleppey
Krishnapuram Palace was built by Marthanda Varma. This palace at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam is famous for its mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. Dating back to the 18th century, this exquisite piece of art is one of the largest murals in Kerala. The palace museum houses antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes.
Karumadikuttan in Alleppey
Buddhism came to Kerala during the period of the Lord Buddha. Karumadikuttan is one such ancient image found in Kerala. It is an image of the Lord Buddha in sitting position. It is believed to be old as far as 9th to 14th century. Karumadi village is the proud possessor of the Karumadikuttan ; it is the main mark of Buddhism in ancient Kerala. This impressive Buddhist statue represents the only Buddhist temple in Kerala.
Champakulam Church
Champakulam Church in Alleppey
One of the oldest churches in Kerala, the St. Mary's Church at Champakulam is believed to be one of the seven established by St. Thomas. The annual feast at this church falls on the 3rd Sunday of October every year. The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19th.