Stated to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always loved a significant place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha Beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends out to the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the magnetism of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which greatly intrigues all visitors. Another delightful experience while in Alappuzha is the houseboat cruise. The houseboats you find in the lakes of Alappuzha are in fact a rephrased version of the Kettuvallams of olden times. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam word, ‘Kettu’, refers to dwelling structures and ‘Vallom’ means boat. In the olden days, kettuvallam or boat with thatched roof that covers over wooden hulls was used to carry tons of rice and interests.
Of late, houseboats come equipped with all the comforts of a good hotel room including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. A continuous sight of life in the lake can be enjoyed while remaining in a houseboat.
Places to see in Alappuzha
The Alleppey beach is known throughout Kerala as one of the best beaches, owing to its intrinsic natural beauty. Alleppey’s famous past as a protuberant port city is aptly portrayed by the 137-year-old pier that stretches out in to the sea. The ravishing beauty of the beach is further accentuated by dense palm groves, an ancient lighthouse and a beautiful garden at the sea shore. Calming and picnicking at the beach are the preferred doings of visiting tourists.
The Ambalapuzha Temple
The Ambalapuzha Temple is the house of the revered deity Lord Krishna and is also known as the ‘Dwaraka’ of the south. Famous for the Ambalapuzha Temple Festival, the temple has on show beautiful mural paintings. The Ambalapuzha Palpayasam (sweet milk porridge) is a specialty of the temple.
This impressive shrine is dedicated to St. Sebastian and was built by the Portuguese. The church is famous for the annual feast of St. Sebastian held in January every year. Christians and people from different faiths converge here to join in the festivities.
The stunning Marari Beach is situated about 11 kilometers from Allepey in the quaint, little town of Maraikulam. The idyllic surroundings of Marari Beach make it the perfect place to relax in, take a stroll or simply gaze at the endless ocean. Also a great picnic spot, the views during sunrise and sunset at the Marari Beach are wonderful. The water is clean and safe for swimming and there are also few holiday resorts and home-stay accommodation options in the nearby areas