Kerala offers unique opportunity to experience breathtakingly beautiful backwaters which consist of a complex network of brackish lagoons, lovely lakes and canals. The most predominant way to experience the Kerala backwaters is Kerala houseboats (also known as Kettuvalloms).
Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which is greatly fascinating to visitors.
Nehru Trophy Boat race at Punnamada, Alappuzha is one of the most significant and colourful boat races in Kerala. It is a world renowned event, held annually on the second Saturday of the month of August in the Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha. Boats of all sizes compete in different events in the boat race.The most prestigious and interesting event among the races is the competition of the "Chundan Vallam" or the snake boats.
The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasarthi with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. During the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping.
The Palace is noted for its characteristic style of Kerala Architecture such as the gabled roofs, narrow corridors, dorma windows, pent roofs and so on. It also houses one of the largest single panel Mural paintings so far discovered in Kerala known as ˜Gajendra Moksha', which measures 53 sq.ft in area.
KAlleppey is known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey is an important backwater destination. Noted for its boat races, beaches, marine products & coir industry, Alappuzha is also home to Kuttanad – the Rice Bowl of Kerala, which is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
32 km South of Alappuzha) Situated near Harippad, this is a serpent shrine under the patronage of a brahmin family, headed by a priestess. The ancient shrine is an internationally renowned pilgrim centre dedicated to the Serpent God - Nagaraja. Sarpa Yakshi and Naga Yakshi are the beloved consorts of Nagaraja.
A beach village in Alleppey, Mararikulam is commercially promoted for its established tourism instinct. A number of beach resorts and homes are strategically built to provide you with a comfortable holiday relieving you of tensions and worries.
Originally built in first century by St Stephen, this church is considered as one of the seven original churches constructed by him.Most important pilgrimage site for Christians in Kerala, the best time to visit this church is during the month of January. This is because during this time visitors will be able to catch the Feast of St Sebastian. This event is one of the most important festivals which is full of processions and interesting rituals.