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A Rendezvous with Alleppey
Ritco ToursThe backwaters or interconnected inland lakes happen to be a feature of tourism unique to Kerala. And Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is one of the most magnificent backwater destinations of the state. Interlocked by a number of canals and bridges, Alleppey is also called 'Venice of the East'. The place has also shot into international fame for the annual boat festival held during August-September. The coir industry of this place produces coir products of a very high quality. But there is more to Alleppey than backwaters, boat races and coir products. Alleppey is also known as the rice bowl of Kerala and boasts of a diverse variety of fauna. From a historical point of view, Maharaja Marthandavarma, the medieval ruler who had ruled the place was credited of bringing major development to the place.

Things You Can Do in Alleppey
» Sightseeing : Alleppey has immense opportunity to offer its tourists. Tourists generally come here for backwater cruise, which captivates the visitors most. Besides, Alleppey is dotted with temples, highly revered throughout the country. Krishnapuram Temple, Ambalapuzha Temple, St. Andrew's Church, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, The Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Kottamkulangara Mahavishnu and Devi Temple are the places of worship here.

It also has many churches and museums, and yes, the most famous boat race to witness - Punnamada Kayal, held during August-September.

» Shopping : The coir products and carpets of Alleppey are of a very high quality. It has become routine for tourists to pick up the various attractive products of coir while visiting Alleppey.

» The Backwater Cruises : The backwater cruise in exotic houseboats is the tourist favorite. The cruises from Alleppey to some of the other backwater destinations of Kerala through a network of interconnected lakes enables tourists to enjoy the lush green countryside and witness village life from close quarters.

Sightseeing in Alleppey
» Punnamada Kayal : It is the place where the famous annual boat festival of national fame is held. The boat race has been christened as the Nehru Trophy. Thousands of spectators crowd the backwaters during the months of August-September from all over the country to witness this breathtaking event. The boats are built in such a way that they resemble snakes. Each boat accommodates up to 120 competitors who neatly seat in two rows of 60 each.

Ritco Tours» Alleppey Beach : The stunning beauty of Alleppey beach enthralls all tourists coming to the place. A beautiful garden and a few charming buildings of the colonial era overlook the shore. There are also two public parks on the shore-Vijay Park and Sea View Park. The boating facilities in the parks are a craze among tourists. Dense palm groves and an old light house on the two ends of the beach further adds to the beauty of the beach.

» Krishnapuram Palace : The attractive Krishnapuram Palace in Alleppey displays some typical characteristics of Kerala architecture. The gabled roofs, windows and narrow corridors are some of these typical features.It was built in the 18th century during the rule of Marthanda Varma. But the palace is best known for Gajendra Moksham, the largest mural painting that is housed here. There is also a small museum in the palace complex.

» Ambalapuzha : Situated 14 kms. from Alleppey, the architectural feature of the Sreekrishna Temple at Ambalapuzha is a fine example of typical Kerala style architecture. The temple is famous through out Kerala for 'Palpayasam' a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered to the deity.

» Karumadikkuttan : Karumadikkuttan is a small village situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha, known for its 10th century Karumadikkuttan statue, a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to this idol.

» Champakulam : This is a water logged village which is known for its oldest angadi (market) known as Kalloorkkadu angadi. The St. Mary Forane Church built in 427 A D is another major attraction famous for its beautiful mural paintings for both tourists and art lovers.

Excursions from Alleppey
Tourists coming to Alleppey should not miss the opportunity of visiting a few other picturesque backwater destinations of Kerala like Kottayam, Changanasseri, Kollam and Kumarakom. From Alleppey, both ferry and houseboat cruises are available to these destinations. Almost all of Kerala is linked by a network of inland waterbodies, which are the major attractions for the outsiders, also providing soothing backwater cruises. But once you are through with this, you can head towards other attractions in the state like - the wildlife at Periyar or hill station trips to Munnar, etc.

Most Ideal Time To Visit
The temperature ranges from 22°C-35°C in summer and 20°C-32°C during winters. Though the summer heat is bearable, the best time to visit Alleppey is between August-March when the climate is most ideal.

Getting There
Ritco Tours» By Air : Alleppey can be accessible by all the means of communication. Kochi at a distance of 85 km is the nearest airport from Alleppey. The Trivandrum airport is located 159 km south of Alleppey. From both the airports or cities one can easily book with a tour operator or hire a taxi or auto rickshaw to reach Alleppey. Kochi or Cochin and Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram, both owns domestic as well as international airport which connects them to the rest of the country and the world.

» By Rail : Alleppey is connected to all major cities of the region and India with express trains. Cities like Cochin, Chennai, Howrah, Bangalore and Bokaro are well connected to Alleppey by a rail network.

» By Road : As the national highway 47 passes through Alleppey, the place has good road connectivity with rest of the state and elsewhere. Cochin is the nearest big city from Alleppey at a distance of 85 kms. The distance could be covered in 2 hours time. The place is served by both state and private bus services. Frequent bus services will bring you to Alleppey from Kollam in 2 and 1/2 hours. KSRTC operates several buses from various cities of India.

» By Ferry : State Water Transport department operates boat services connecting Alleppey or Alappuzha with some other places. It is important to note that Alleppey is connected by waterways to Cochin, Kottayam (2.5 hrs), Kevalam (1.5 hrs), Chengannur and Changanassery (3 hrs). One can easily take a boat cruise to reach Alleppey from any of these places.

Anchoring in Alleppey
Alleppey is a quiet coastal town of Kerala away from the din and bustle of crowded places. Setting foot in Alleppey, tourists immediately fall in love with its scenic beauty and serene ambience. Tourists would also appreciate the hospitality of its people. Once you are there, you will never feel like leaving the place. The alluring atmosphere will pamper you and the eye soothing sights will completely revive and refresh you. The backwater cruise will take you to the remote villages, which otherwise you can never see. As you cruise through the network of inland waterways, you will get to see the rich and distinct culture and tradition of Kerala very closely.

Being a major backwater destination, adequate facilities are there place for helping and guiding tourists. The Alappuzha Tourism Development Cooperative Society arranges interesting backwater cruises for tourists between Alleppey and Kollam on request. The District Tourism Promotion Council also organizes cruises for tourists. The popular Alleppey-Kollam cruise departs at 10:30 hrs and takes approximately 8 hours.

The offices are located at Boat Jetty near the Central Bus Stand.

Punnamada Lake Resort and Kayaloram Lake Resort are two of the top-end hotels of Alleppey. Budget and mid-range hotels are also available in plenty.

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