Alappuzha, 'The Venice of East ' is always a favourite destination for the both domestic and international tourists. When one thinks about enjoying his holidays in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, immediately his mind will fly and will rest upon the backwaters of Alappuzha, where he will find everything, which he will be longing for, in his holiday trip.
The beautiful palm fringed backwaters, the endless canals, the houseboat cruising, the cool atmosphere makes Alappuzha the ideal tourists destination to make you rejuvenate and relaxed and get freed from the busy life schedules. Alappuzha is a land of backwaters, land of beaches, land of houseboats and also the land of boat racing.
Alappuzha is derived from two words 'Ala ' and 'Puzha'. The former means 'broad' and the later means 'river'. This was defined by German Lexicographer, Dr. Herman Gundert and it was none other than Lord Curzon, the viceroy of India, who addressed the beautiful destination as the 'Venice of East'. He was driven by the beauty of Alappuzha.
Being at Alappuzha, you have endless choices to engage yourself and of course the foremost one is the backwater cruise here. Alappuzha is blessed with the stunning beauty of backwaters. Houseboats, which depicts the beauty of traditional 'Kettuvallams' are available for you. You can select packages of your choice. A cruise through the backwaters of Alappuzha will definitely be a unique experience, which you will never forget ever in your life. Enjoy the backwaters, comfortably sitting in the luxurious houseboats, enjoying the traditional food served here for you.
Do not miss the beautiful beaches of Alappuzha. The Alappuzha beach is one of the most wanted tourist destinations. You can sight here a pier, which is 137 years old. This pier will help you to recollect the good old times of Alappuzha beach in the maritime history of Kerala. Stand aside the shore, enjoying the waves kissing your feet and also experience the beauty of dawn and dusk. A park is also there, nearby the beach for children, to entertain themselves.
Another beach at Alappuzha is the Marari Beach. Compared to other beaches, which has changed their face through various development activities, Marari stands unique with retaining its pristine beauty. The beach is placed in a small fishing village 'Mararikulam', where you can go through the daily lives of the fisherman community. You can also move on to the island Pathiramanl; the 11th century statue of Buddha, 'Karumadikuttan'; Kuttanad (the rice bowl of Kerala); parks like Vijaya Beach park, Sea View park; Ambalapuzha temple; Mannarashala temple; Edathua church etc.
The Nehru boat race at Alappuzha is the one which attracts people around the world. If you are at Alappuzha during the month of August, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular sites of snake boats competing in the Punnamada Lake of Alappuzha district. Apart from all these, Alappuzha is also a flourishing land of coir industry.
Highlights: Palm fringed backwaters, attractive beaches, a rejuvenating backwater cruise through traditional 'Kettuvallams', snake boat races, traditional food.
Places to visit: Backwaters, Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach, Pathiramanal Island, Karmadikuttan statue, Vijaya Beach park, Sea View Park, Ambalapuzha temple etc.
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