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Places To See in Alappuzha

Well Alappuzha is famous for its backwaters and boathouse cruises and it attracts lots of tourist from all aornd the globe. Along with backwaters in Alappuzha there are many other sights and attraction in and around the city. There are various temples , beaches and historical sites present in the city. Some of them are-

Famous Tourist Places in Alleppey

Pilgrimages and Religious Sites

  • St. Mary’s Church (Champakulam)– Champakulam is famous for boat races held here. St. Mary’s Church of champakulam is one of the oldest church in India and is located about 15km from Alleppey. It is believed that, the church was one of the seven churches established by St. Thomas.
  • Sreekrishna Swamy Temple– Sri Krishna Temple is located at Ambalapuzha 14 km from Alleppey. It is one of the famous temples of Kerala and is devoted to lord Krishna.It is also famous for a sweet pudding made of rice and milk offered to the deity and to devotees after.The temple depicts the ancient architectural style of ancient period.
  • Karumadikkuttan– Karumadikuttan a granite statue of Lord Buddha is located in Karumadi, a small village near Ambalapuzha 14 km from Alappuzha. The statue is of 11th century B.C made of granite completely shows the glorious past of Buddhism.
  • Bhagavathi Temple – This temple is believed to 3000 years old temple located 18 km from Ambalapuzha. It is one of the most famous temple of Kerala. The temple is also known for 11 feet high stone lamp with 13 tiers, which is the tallest in the country.

Beaches

  • Marari-beach– This beach about 11 km from Alappuzha and is well connected by roads. It is a famous tourist destination and the beach have lots of sand peaks.The beach is clean and safe for swimming and is very peaceful and there is less hustle bustle here. There are various resorts and every facility nearby it.
  • Alleppey Beach– It is one of the famous beach of Kerala as well as India. Alleppey Beach along the shoreline of Arabian Sea is populated with palm groves and sunset here offers a mesmerizing place to view. A beach house 140 years an ancient pier old is also there which adds to its beauty. Tourist can indulge in various water sports that are offered here like surfing, para sailing, swimming. Tourist can enjoy boat races also here along with the beach which makes it an appealing place.

Lakes and Islands

  • Kayamkulam Lake-Kayamkulam Lake connects Kollam and Alleppey and is Kerala’s longest backwater tourism route. There are house boats and cruise facility available that tourist can avail. The lake is also famous for boat races held here.The Kayamkulam lake opens into the Arabian Sea offers spectacular view during the sunset.
  • Pathiramanal– Pathiramanal is a small island in the Vembanad Lake located about 12 km from Alapuzha. It is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. It can be reached by taking boat from the lake and takes half an hour to reach there. The island gives beautiful and scenic view.

Palaces and Museums

  • Chavara Bhavan – Chavara Bhawan is located about 6 km from Alleppey.It is the birth place of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It is a place of worship and many devotees gather here for prayer. The Chavara Bhavan is now a religious place and resort , a 250 year old light beacon is also there in its original form.
  • Krishnapuram Palace– The palaces and museum of Kerala are storehouse of ancient murals. The Krishnapuram Palace at Kayakulam displays the largest of these masterpieces – the 3-meter high Gajendramoksham mural, which depicts a mythical event.

Kuttanad

Kuttanad – It is a land of great scenic beauty below the sea level and is also termed as the Rice bowl of Kerala. It lies about 2 meters below the sea level. Kuttanad is a backwater paradise and an ideal destination for a backwater cruise in Kerala.

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St. Mary's Church, Champakulam


By- Soubhagya S Behera (Flickr)

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