Places to Visit in Alleppey
Alleppey (Alappuzha) is the district in Kerala with an urban population of 174,164 and having highest literacy rate in South India region. In 2016, Alappuzha district ranked as the top cleanest town in India followed by Panaji & Mysore. It is the most popular destination to visit in Kerala because of the backwaters, houseboat cruise, oldest temples, and a lot more other attractions that are worth visit.
The iconic Alleppey beach is the perfect place to relax in a quiet and subtle evening. The waters of the Arabian Sea look majestic from the white sandy shores. If lucky, one can also view the dolphins from the beach. Nevertheless, the waters are not safe for swimming due to the strong currents, especially during the monsoons.
Located almost 11 kilometres from Alleppey, Marari Beach is famous for its Ayurvedic centres and stylish beach resorts. The Shoreline is covered with long rows of coconut trees and is a perfect place to tie a hammock and spend the afternoon beside the clean and calm waters.
Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma built the iconic Travancore style castle, The Krishnapuram Palace in the 18th century. Today the Palace is a major tourist attraction and also contains a small museum maintained by the Archaeological Department of Kerala. Do visit for witnessing the breathtaking Kerala style architecture and several antiquities from the Travancore era.
Spread over an area of 75kms, the Kuttanad, also known as the “Rice bowl of Kerala”, is well known for its green paddy fields clubbed with lively backwaters that add to the charm. Vast expanses of water surround this scenic landscape. A houseboat tour along the picturesque Vembanad backwaters is the best way to enjoy the surreal beauty of the place.
The Mannarshala Temple is a Nagaraja temple (snake temple). While the origins of the temple are shrouded with Hindu legends, it is one of the major pilgrim spots with a typical Kerala temple architecture. The amazing design and the 30,000 images of various mythical snakes, makes it a must visit spot.
Once popular as a Buddhist centre, now most of the remnants of the Buddhist culture are spread throughout the state. The place is delightful in its own right, for people with a taste for ancient monuments and architecture.
A well-managed and well-protected sanctuary for native and infrequent migratory birds, located in Vembanad, this island is a Birdwatchers paradise. This lovely island is placed between Thannermukkam and Kumarakom. You can hire a speedboat to reach the island.
Devoted to Lord Krishna, The Ambalapuzha Temple is aptly called the “Dwaraka of South”. Popular for its magnificent mural paintings and the “Ambalapuzha Palpayasam” (porridge made out of sweet milk), the temple knows how to attract devotees of different sects. The temple premises also became a witness to ‘Ottan Thullal’, a satirical art form performed by Kunjan Nambiar. The temple certainly reflects the southern architectural style and could be a delightful experience for the ones with a fascination of art and culture.
Arthunkal Church is also known as the Saint Sebastian Florance Church. This church is the most sought after Christian holy place in Alleppey. It attracts thousands of devotees every year. The Arthunkal Church is located from about 1.2 km from Cherthala Town. The Portuguese built this church in the 16th century, and it is famous for holding a 10 days festival out here annually. The festival is called as Arthunkal Perunnal.
A temple that is located near Alleppey with a black colour granite statue of Lord Buddha. Karumadikkuttan is the name of an icon present here. There is a unique thing in the icon that its left side is entirely missing from the statue. The statue was recovered by the Archeological Society of India and is now kept in a protected enclosure near the Karumadi Canal. It is believed that the statue has some powers of severe healing and it is sought after by the locals there is Karumadi. However, It is still going to be the protected because of its withered condition.
Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeswari a form of the Hindu deity Shakti, the Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple is built in a style that distinguishes it from the other temples in Kerala. The roof is absent over the image of the deity, and it also contains an elephant house. The temple is a unique architectural marvel, which is worth admiring.
The longest Lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, the Vembanad Lake is known by the name Punnamada Lake in Alleppey. The lake covers an area of 2033.02 sq km, making the largest wetland system in India. The lake enjoys rich biodiversity and is home to several marine, bird and animal species. The lake is also home to the annual snake boat racing which must be witnessed.