Scintillating facts about Alappuzha

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Published: 30th June 2010
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Built in the 9th century, Alleppey, also called as Alappuzha, is quite popularly known as the Venice of the East. The beautiful Arabian Sea brushes the coast of this scenic town. Abundant with serene lakes and lagoons, Alappuzha makes for a compelling visit for any nature lover. This backwater town is a home for a variety of plants and animals. The abundant growth of coconut trees and palm trees add to the scenic beauty of this town. No wonder that the State of Kerala is called as God's own country! Read on to know more facts about Alappuzha and its splendors.

Major tourist attractions in Alappuzha include the Alleppey beaches, Karmadikkuttan and the Champakulam. The backwaters provide for a pleasant and relaxing boat ride. Other attractions at this place include the Krishnapuram Palace, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mullackal Temple and Aruthunkal. All these places are immersed into the rich history of Alappuzha. Another interesting fact about Alappuzha is the boat races which are being held every year between July and September, marking the start of the harvest season. Among them, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most famous one held in the month of August. There are a lot of other festivals too that are celebrated in Alappuzha.

The nearest airport to Alappuzha is located in Kochi, about 64 km away. Alappuzha is quite well connected with trains coming in from all major south Indian cities. Excellent road network linking all the major towns and cities exists. An interesting aspect about Alappuzha is that it can even be reached by special boats from the neighboring towns. The town receives abundant rainfall during the monsoons. So the best time to visit this town would be during the months from September to May. Boat races and festivals are held during this time only.

Alappuzha is quite well known for its fish delicacies. Sea food is the prime diet of the people here. The main economy of Alappuzha depends on the tourist industry. A number of churches, temples and mosques adorn this town. The major language spoken here is Malayalam, though people understand English very well. If you are a nature enthusiast, you will love everything about Alappuzha. The whole town is quite small only, but its attractions are endless. The houseboats in the backwaters are so beautiful and irresistible. A good number of splendid hotels and resorts are available here.

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