About Alleppey (Alappuzha)
The Venice of the East - ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA in Malayalam) is an attractive little town with immense natural beauty, its remarkable features being an unique criss crossing network of canals, lagoons and also long silvery beach. ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA) has got perhaps the most beautiful back waters, house boats and country boats. This colorful region lies in between the Arabian Sea and an intricate network of blue lakes, greenish back waters and fresh rivers. This is an important centre for the coir industry where mechanized coir factories and manual coir making units at the village / household level are operational extensively. Wide variety of coir products including those with deft craftsmanship are available here. Alleppey was once a renowned port with a significant position in the maritime map of the world. A pertinent feature of this port was that cargo was transported to and fro through the canals. Owing to various economic as well as nature reasons, the port turned defunct in the course of time. The remains of the once prominent port is still visible.
Alleppey Beach is a very popular tourist destination known to provide soothing comfort to tourists seeking a quiet holiday. Alleppey Beach which encompasses the shore line of Arabian sea is a mesmerizing place with scarlet sunsets and silver stretches of sand edged by swaying palm trees. The ancient pier that was built by Captain Hugh Crawford in 1862 lies in ruins. The view of century old majestic light house is still a pride of Alleppey. These historic remnants add a colonial touch to the pristine beach and reminds of the bygone days when this was a bustling port of international repute.
Mullackal is the heart of Alleppey town and is the hub of commercial activity. The street is dotted with temples. All the noteworthy shops in the town operate at and around this area making this the place for some shopping or a stroll. The famous Mullackal Goddess temple is also situated here.
Kuttanad popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala, QST and R block Kayals (back waters) remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland. A striking example of the indigenous agricultural engineering know-how, here cultivation and habitation are made possible at four to ten feet below the sea level. For this purpose extensive land has been reclaimed from the backwaters and is protected by dikes built around it. A leisurely cruise along the canals is an enthralling experience. This is where most of the Snake Boat Races including the acclaimed Nehru Trophy Boat Race are conducted and the majority of rice boat and house boat cruises are scheduled. The serene water ways are fringed by palm groves and paddy fields, offering a striking spectacle of the rustic life.
Situated in Haripad, 32 kms. south of Alleppey, this is a Serpent Shrine headed by a priestess. This ancient shrine is an internationally renowned pilgrim centre dedicated to the Serpent God Nagaraja.
Built by Marthanda Varma, it is at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam and is famous for its mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. In this 18-century museum you can see antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes.