Alappuzha Town was founded by Raja Kesavadas in 1762. Alappuzha was the largest commercial Town and sea Port in Travancore until Kochi became the main Port. Alappuzha known as the venice of East. Land of Canals and Bridges and is better known for its so celebrated Back Waters. The water locked District has immense potential for backwater tourism. Achankovil, Pamba and Manimala Rivers flow into the lakes of Alappuzha. The Vembanad Lake stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and Kayamkulam Lake lies in both Alappuzha and Kollam Districts. These lakes largely used for inland transportation of Goods. The District is the major producer of Coir(Palm Fibre Rope) and Coir Carpet.
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- Arthunkal Church
St. Andrews Church is known as Arthungal Church. This is located near Cherthala and is built by Portuguese missionaries. The feast of St.Andrews is held here every year.
Karumadi is near to Alappuzha Town. The place is famous for ‘Karumadi Kuttan’, a black granite figure of Buddha. The sculpture is believed to be the 9the century
- Krishnapuram Palace
The 18th century fort was built by Raja on Travancore ‘Marthanda Varma’. This is a double
storied building showing typical architecture of Kerala culture roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors. The house having one of the largest mural paintings depicted in 14 feet long and 11 feet high characterized ‘Gajendra Moksha’. The palace have museum of antique, paintings and bronzes.
How to reach there :- By bus towards Kollam, in Karthikappally near to Kayamkulam 47 KM
- Mannarasala Shri Nagaraja Temple
The temple is dedicated to King of Serpents – Nagraja. The temple itself situated inside a ‘Kava’, a small forest having all the essentials of a large Forest. The serpents are always seen there, on top of trees in the bushes. Peoples from around Kerala reaching there to give offerings for ‘Nagaraja’. The temple is at Haripad on the route to Kollam 35KM.
- Mullackal Raja Rajeswari Temple
The Navarathri Festival of this temple is famous, during the pooja season, colourful procession participating around 10 elephants is conducted every year. The ‘Thaipooya Kavadi’ at this temple is famous for various reasons
- Nehru Trophy Boat Race
The Nehru Trophy boat race is a never to be missed event for a visitor to Kerala. This is started 1952 during the visit of Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minster of India. This is held every second Saturday of August. This features the participation of gigantic snake boats which a single one can accommodate around 100 rowers in it. Each snake boat is belongs to each villages and the peoples of each village participate in it with great enthusiasm. The one of the largest tourist event which attracted peoples from around the Globe
This is a lovely Island in Vembanad Lake en route Kottayam by boat.
This place is known for 'Punnapra – Vayalar' riot of Indian Communist Party. The revolution was against 'Deevan' of Travancore Sir.C.P.Ramaswami Iyer's state force in 1952. Their is a 'Punnpra Vayalar' memorial .
Ambalapuzha is around 20KM from town towards Kollam. The place is famous for the ancient temple of Krishna. The so called 'Ambalappuzha Payasam' is very famous, the immensely sweet 'Payasam' prepared from rice, milk and sugar. The Ambalappuzha was an independent state during British Rule,
Chembakassery Royal Family ruled here.
The Haripad Subrahmanya temple is an ancient temple, which is known pilgrimage center.
Kayamkulam located 65 KM from city was an ancient commercial town. It was small native state under a separate ruler until annexed to Travancore. Govt. of India Coconut Research center is here.There is a Thermal Power station under National Thermal Power Corporation.
This is one of the rarest places in earth where paddy cultivation is done below sea level which is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala.All the places of Kuttanad are below sea level. Thottappilly Spill-Way is saving Kuttanad from floods , the spillway will allow the rainwater to flow to sea during monsoon monsoon and in other season it prevent salt sea water entering to paddy fields. This is one of the must see place in Gods Own Country, lush green paddy fields, Virgin Village life, Backwaters, everything blend there at proper proportions.
- Alappuzha Beach
The beach is famous amongst local people as well as tourists. The beach has a pier extends to sea, which is 140 years old.
The St.Mary's church at Champakkulam is beleived to be one of the seven Churches by St.Thomas.
- Edathua Church
The St.George Church Edathua was established on 1810. It situated at the banks of Manimala River.
- Chavara Bhavan
The Chavara Bhavan is the home of blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It is now a holy shrine for devotees.
- Chettikulangara Bhagavathi Temple
The temple is located at the Mavelikara-Kayamkulam Road. The Kuthiyottam and Kettukazhcha are the rituals of this temple.