This water locked district has emerged as one of the major tourist destination of the country and is famous for its unique backwaters. The entire district is endowed with immense natural beauty. The sandy strip of land with Arabian Sea to its west is woven by lagoons and an array of rivers, canals, and lakes ideal for boat cruise. The prominent rivers are Achankovil, Pamba and Manimala.The Vembanad lake covering an area of 204sq.km stretches from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam lake with an area of 59.57sq.km extends to both the districts of Alappuzha and Kollam, these lakes are widely used for the inland water transport of cargo and passengers in the region.It has been an important centre of Christianity, since 1st century, as it is said that the at Kothamanglam in Cherthala taluk, was one of the seven churches founded by St.Thomas, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ.
Alappuzha has been an important trading and commercial centre since time immemorial. It is also a major centre of coir and carpet industry. The economy of the district is based on agriculture and marine products.
It is also referred as the “Venice of the East” and has emerged as a major tourist destination due to the amazing backwaters.Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboats, beaches, marine products and the coir industry.
The beautiful beach is popular among the locales as well as the visitors. The Vijaya Beach Park is an added attraction of the beach. The Sea view Park here has boating facilities and a swimming pool. There is also an old lighthouse.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
The popular boat race is held on the second Saturday of August every year at the Vembanad lake and is the most important tourist event of Alappuzha.Boats sponsored by different villages compete fiercely in the competition.The highlight of this prestigious event is “Chundan Vallam”, the 130 feet long snake boats, with over 100 rowers, 4 helmsmen and 25cheer leaders, decorated with colorful silk umbrellas. Thousands of spectators from all over the world watch avidly from the banks. Tickets for the race are available on the day from numerous ticket stands on the way to the lake where race is held. The race is also held during the tourist season on the third day of the Great Elephant March in mid January, and is called as “Tourism Snake boat Race”.
Alappuzha –Kollam Backwater trip
It is organized by ATDC.The journey begins at 10.30am., and reaches Kollam at 6.00pm.The boat passes through exotic locations and gives a close view of the countryside.
Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple
It is dedicated to the Goddess Rajarajeswari.The nine day “Navrathri” festival celebrated twice a year is of special significance. Another important festival of the temple is “Thaipooyakavadi.
The pilgrim centre 14 km from Alappuzha is renowned for the Sri Krishna Temple. The temple is noted for splendid architecture and “Palpayasam”- sweet milk porridge offered to the deity.
This Christian pilgrim centre near Sherthallai is 22km. north of Alappuzha.The St.Andrews Church here was built by Portuguese missionaries. The annual feast of St.Sebastian is held here in the month of January.
The St.Mary’s Church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala. It is said to be one of the seven churches established by St.Thomas.The annual feast is held on the 3rd Sunday of October. The feast of St.Joseph is celebrated on March 19th.
The ancestral home of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara lies 6km. from Alapuzzha.Thousands of devotees gather at this shrine and spiritual resort. It can be reached only by boat from Alappuzha.
Chettikulangra Bhagavathy Temple, Mavelikkara.
The shrine is known for Kettukazhcha festival, which attracts a large number of devotees. The festival is held in Feb/Mar. and colorful procession is taken out.
This church dedicated to St.George is of special significance, as it is said that prayers and offerings here help in healing all kinds of mental disorders and other ailments. The annual feast held from 5th-7th May, attracts devotees from all parts of South India. The church is just 24kms from Alappuzha.
The small village near Ambalapuzha is known for the black granite idol of Lord Buddha Known as Karmadi Kuttan.The idol dates back to 9th or 10th century.
The magnificent palace is situated 47kms.from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam.The palace is a master piece of Kerala architecture with gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors. A
Museum inside the palace, displays antique sculptures and paintings.
The region is famous as the “Rice Bowl of Kerala” .It is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done below sea level. The boat trip to Changanacherry passes through this beautiful and fertile region.
It is 32kms.from Alappuzha near Haripad and famous for the ancient temple of Sree Nagaraja, the king of Serpents.Piligrims from all over the country assembles here during the two day annual festival.
QST and R Block Kayal
These regions are famous for farming over reclaimed land from the backwaters. The area is protected by dikes built all around and reminds visitor of the famous dikes of Netherlands. A cruise along the canals here is a quite a memorable experience.
The verdant island located in the Vembanad Lake is the first island resort of the State. The island is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma.The island attracts rare migratory birds from various parts of the world