Endowed with heavenly natural beauty and a quaint living, Alleppey seems to be a paradise’s corner amidst its bustling culture. There are a number of natural tourist attractions in Alleppey that can keep you tied to this backwaters of Kerala. One of the main things to do in Alleppey is to visit its various picturesque beaches such as Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach and Andhakaranazhi Beach.
However, there are a number of cultural attractions as well that can capture your attention here. These include: Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple, Mannarasala Shri Nagaraja Temple, St. Mary's Forane Church, St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Karumadikuttan, Krishnapuram Palace and Mullakkal Temple. For those who wish to feel the essence of Kerala can participate in the famous Nehru Trophy Boat race for a thrilling experience.Tourist also love to see and climb up to Alappuzha Lighthouse which dates back to atleast 150 years. Kerala kayaking is another activity that will make your trip to Alleppey a memorable one.
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Marari Beach, Maraikulam, Alleppey, Kerala, India
The Marari Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in India. It is located in a quiet village known as Maraikulam. Its closeness to the capital city Kochi makes it a very popular tourist attraction. Many beach resorts and home stays serve as beautiful places to spend a day or two here. The main resort here is the Marari Beach Resort. The others include, Turtle Beach Resort, Carnoustie Beach Resort and the new Erandia Marari which is a fantastic ayurvedic resort. The Marari Vilas and the Beach Symphony are somewhat boutiques and the ideal places from where you can shop till you drop.
The white beaches, greenish water and the green coconut trees are like a picture drawn by a painter. The fishermen in their everyday motion are such a happy sight.
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SH 12, Ambalapuzha, Kerala 688561
03:00 am - 08:00 pm
The Ambapuzha Shree Krishna Temple is supposed to have been built during the 15th – 17th century by the local ruler called Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran.
The major attraction here is the ‘payasam’ or the delicious pudding made with rice and sweetened milk which is popular among many Hindus. An interesting mythological legend says that every day when the payasam is distributed among devotees here, Lord Guruvayoorappan visits here around the same time.
The legend behind this payasam says that once Lord Vishnu appeared in the court of the king here and challenged him for a game of chess. The king being a chess enthusiast himself happily agreed to the invitation and told the sage to decide what prize he wanted if he won. The sage very modestly said that his needs were very few and he would only take grains of rice from him in a measure as how much it would be if they placed it on the chess board. They would have to measure it in such a way that the first square would have one grain, the second would have two, third would have four, the fourth sixteen and so on in a way that every square will have the multiple amounts of grains of its predecessor. The king not understanding the trick became upset that the sage asked for such a meager amount when he could happily give away so many other things. In an obvious manner the sage won the game and now it was time to measure the amount of grain in the decided manner. When the counting started the number of grains started increasing and it went on to more than a trillion and the king realized that he would not be able to fulfill his promise even if he would add all the grains of his kingdom and the neighboring kingdoms put together. In this moment of crisis, Lord Vishnu appeared in his avatar and told the king that he would not have to pay his prize at once but will have to in time. It id from that time that the payasam with milk and rice is offered to the Lord every day to pay off his debt.
The Ambalapuzha Festival is the main festival celebrated here to mark the commemoration ceremony of the establishment of the temple deity. This festival is also known as the Chambakulam Moolam Water Festival. The other main festival here is the Aarattu Festival.
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16/351, Near Vazhicherry Bridge, Opp: Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Santhanam ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688001
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
One of the best tour operators in Alleppey and also one of the oldest, Kerala Kayaking offers exciting range of activities to explore the pristine backwaters of Kerala. Be it a canoe ride, a motorboat tour, a kayaking expedition or a laid-back house-boat extravaganza, Kerala Kayaking is the best pick for a perfect backwater exploration.
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Alleppey District, Kerala, 688007, India
One of the best beaches in India, the Allappuzha beach is also one of the well-maintained beaches. Originally a historic port, you can still observe the remains of the sea-bridge that enabled the passage of goods.
The beach is best observed during the Sunset. There is a small park for kids and you can enjoy extensive views of the lighthouse.
Home to vibrant festivals like the annual Alappuzha beach festival which is held around New Year’s Eve pulls large crowd adding to the liveliness of this pretty beach. The Sand Art Festival held here also saw lot of local as well as international artists display their art!
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Danappady, Haripad, Kerala 690514
04:00 am - 08:30 pm
Visit one of the oldest temple of Kerala that has gained its popularity not only within the state but beyond its geographical boundary. History says that this temple is around 3500 years old and was established by Lord Parashurama. Popularly known as Dakshina Palani (Palani of south), this temple is devoted to Lord Subrahmanya. As you wander around the temple premise, you will come across many Tamil inscription engraved on the temple’s walls. Another unique fact of this temple is its idol. The idol of Lord Subrahmanya was said to be built in a sculptural style that was followed in Buddhist era. So, the idol is very large in size with four arms.
Till date, many unique rituals and ceremonies are celebrated in this temple. So, visit the temple during one such celebration to watch the rituals.
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Mannarasala P.O, Haripad, Kerala 690514
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Amongst all the places of serpent worship in India, there is no match for the Mannarasala Shri nagaraja Temple. It is a legendary temple that is said to have been blessed by Lord Parasurama himself. Lord parasurama is said to be the creator of Kerala. This temple is renowned to bless couples who do not have children. Many couples come here and perform the rare rituals and offer this to the Lord Nagaraja. According to the temple rules, the rituals are only to be performed by the couples who are married since long but could not beget any children.
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CCSB Rd, Alappuzha, Alappuzha, Kerala 688012
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
A family collection museum built in the memory of Revi Karuna Karan- a prominent coir industrialist and art enthusiast. The museum houses the art collection maintained over three generations and includes silverware, crystals, precious and semi-precious stones and furniture. Home to the world’s largest private collection of Swarovski crystals, the museum is spread over 28,000 square feet and is a must-visit place in Alleppey.
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CCSB Rd, Civil Station Ward, Alleppey, Kerala 688012
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Situated near the sea bridge and the Raja Kesavdas swimming pool, this mighty lighthouse dates back to 150 years. It served as the path guider for the ships that frequented Alleppey, a then busy business port.
Its construction began in the rule of Travancore King, Marthanda Varma-Ii and was completed in the rule of King Rama Varma.
The structure is cylindrical in shape and has alternate red and white bands painted on its exteriors. 30 meters in height, the lighthouse looks striking in the panorama of the beautiful beach of Alleppey.
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St. Mary’s Forane Church, Champakulam, District- Alappuzha, Kerala- 688505, India
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Champakulam Kalloorkadu St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church is an ancient church in Kerala. It belongs to the Syro- Malabar Church and is under the supervision of Changanacherry.
This is the Mother Church of almost all Christian churches in Alleppey and is also called Champakulam Vallia Palli locally. It is believed to have been built in the early 5th century. This church has been broken down and built many a times. The rock inscription and the ancient cross here tells us all about its history and that it was last rebuilt in the 12th century and from then is standing strong here.
The Champakulam church was once under the Niranam Church that was founded by the devotee of Christ himself, St. Thomas. The Champakulam church had very friendly relations with the Jacobite Syrian Group and has been a part of many reforms and social work starting from the 18th century.
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Church Road, Arthunkal, Alleppey, Kerala 688530
06:00 am - 06:30 pm
Located in Arthunkal, this basilica is attributed to the Portuguese missionaries of the 16th century. A major pilgrim centre located right on the beach, it is known for its miraculous healing properties.
A serene place to be, it brightens up even more during the Perunnal festival.
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Mullackal Rd, Mullakkal, Alappuzha, Kerala 688011
05:00 am - 09:00 pm
Located in the heart of the city, this temple is one of the popular holy shrine of Alappuzha city. The name ‘Mullakkal’ means ‘Jasmine Flower’ in Malayalam. History says that Goddess Raja Rajeshwari (the other name of Goddess Durga) appeared at this spot to take care of this jasmine flower. That’s why, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Two major Hindu festivals are celebrated in this temple – Navratri and the Thaipooyakavadi. The last two days of Navratri is said to be the most important days of the festival. On this day, a colourful processions with nine elephants take place. Along with this, cultural programmes like Ottanthullal and Kathakali are staged in the temple’s premise. Thousands of devotees come here to watch this grand celebration.
So, if you plan to visit this temple, plan your trip around Navratri to watch this festival.
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Cherthala taluk, Alleppey, Kerala, India
A pristine haven, this is one of the best beaches in South India. Beautiful water overlooking a panorama of coconut grooves, this beach is a drive away from Alleppey. A stunning church and a towering lighthouse adorn the beach. The best part of this beach is it still devoid of tourist crowd. This helps in keeping the beach clean. If you are looking for a place to enjoy a day out with family or just wish to sit on a calm sea beach, then this is your destination.
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Ward 14, Salem - Kochi - Kanyakumari Hwy, Apoor, Ward 14, Kalavoor, Kerala 688522
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
This museum is the first of its kind in the world. A tour into this museum will educated you about the technological advancement in the coir sector. Numerous products and artefacts, made out of coir are put on display to inform visitors about the different achievement of this industry. This museum is said to be a successful attempt by Coir Board to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this sector.
Other than the displayed artefacts, the museum also holds a workshop where you can see the workers working on this material. You can even buy a souvenir from here.
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Church Rd, Edathua, Kuttanad Taluk, Alleppey, Kerala 689573
04:00 am - 08:00 pm
Dating back to 1810, this is a church dedicated to St. George. Resembling the churches of medieval Europe, the church is an important destination for Christian as well as non-Christian pilgrims. Built when Father Thomas Olakkapady was the vicar of the area, the church is known for its miraculous prayers that help in healing mental disorders.
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Dist Alappuzha, Near Thiruvalla, Neerattupuram, Kerala 689645
04:30 am - 08:00 pm
Located slightly away from the city, this beautiful temple also deserves a visit. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. According to the locals, this temple has a history of over 3000 years. The best fact about this temple is its location. On either sides of the temple river Pamba and Manimala flows which makes the ambience more serene and beautiful. Festival like Pongal is celebrated in this temple. Pongal is a grand affair over here as thousands of women participate in it. However, in celebrating the rituals of this festival only women are allowed to participate.