Explore Places to Visit in Alleppey
Find a serene combination of natural beauty and alluring sanity of this Indian place of bliss. Popularly known as the Venice of east, Alleppey, also called Alappuzha is the Indian town located in the state of Kerala. While the breathtaking nature is a reason good enough to visit the town, there are many other reasons for Alleppey to bag the place in being your favorite destination list.
If you want to spend your vacation while riding a little boat through the Kerala backwaters while you slurp fresh coconut water, Alleppey is the place you should definitely visit.
Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple, Mannarasala Shri Nagaraja Temple, St. Mary’s Forane Church, St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal, Karumadikuttan, Krishnapuram Palace and Mullakkal Temple are some of the major attractions in Alleppy.
Lord Curzon, noted Viceroy of India during British Raj called Alleppy as the Venice of the East and surely it has maintained this title, over all these years. Canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons are all that makes Alleppy, India’s very own Venetian Capital.
Endowed with heavenly natural beauty and a quaint living, Alleppey seems to be a paradise’s corner amidst its bustling culture. There are a number of natural tourist attractions in Alleppey that can keep you tied to this backwaters of Kerala. One of the main things to do in Alleppey is to visit its various picturesque beaches such as Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach and Andhakaranazhi Beach.
The Marari Beach is one of the most beautiful Places to visit in Alleppey. It is located in a quiet village known as Maraikulam. Its closeness to the capital city Kochi makes it a very popular tourist attraction. Many beach resorts and homestays serve as beautiful places to spend a day or two here. The main resort here is the Marari Beach Resort. The others include Turtle Beach Resort, Carnoustie Beach Resort and the new Erandia Marari which is a fantastic ayurvedic resort. The Marari Vilas and the Beach Symphony are somewhat boutiques and the ideal places from where you can shop till you drop.
The white beaches, greenish water, and the green coconut trees are like a picture drawn by a painter. The fishermen in their everyday motion are such a happy sight
The Ambalappuzha Shree Krishna Temple is supposed to have been built during the 15th – 17th century by the local ruler called Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran. It is one of the famous Places to visit in Alleppey.
The major attraction here is the ‘payasam’ or the delicious pudding made with rice and sweetened milk which is popular among many Hindus. An interesting mythological legend says that every day when the payasam is distributed among devotees here, Lord Guruvayoorappan visits here around the same time.
The legend behind this payasam says that once Lord Vishnu appeared in the court of the king here and challenged him for a game of chess. The king being a chess enthusiast himself happily agreed to the invitation and told the sage to decide what prize he wanted if he won. The sage very modestly said that his needs were very few and he would only take grains of rice from him in a measure as how much it would be if they placed it on the chess board. They would have to measure it in such a way that the first square would have one grain, the second would have two, third would have four, the fourth sixteen and so on in a way that every square will have the multiple amounts of grains of its predecessor. The king not understanding the trick became upset that the sage asked for such a meager amount when he could happily give away so many other things.
In an obvious manner the sage won the game and now it was time to measure the amount of grain in the decided manner. When the counting started the number of grains started increasing and it went on to more than a trillion and the king realized that he would not be able to fulfill his promise even if he would add all the grains of his kingdom and the neighboring kingdoms put together.
In this moment of crisis, Lord Vishnu appeared in his avatar and told the king that he would not have to pay his prize at once but will have to in time. It is at that time that the payasam with milk and rice is offered to the Lord every day to pay off his debt.
The Ambalapuzha Festival is the main festival celebrated here to mark the commemoration ceremony of the establishment of the temple deity. This festival is also known as the Chambakulam Moolam Water Festival. The other main festival here is the Aarattu Festival.
One of the Best Places to visit in Alleppey, the Alappuzha beach is also one of the well-maintained beaches in India. Originally a historic port, you can still observe the remains of the sea-bridge that enabled the passage of goods.
The beach is best observed during the Sunset. There is a small park for kids and you can enjoy extensive views of the lighthouse.
Home to vibrant festivals like the annual Alappuzha beach festival which is held on New Year’s Eve pulls large crowd adding to the liveliness of this pretty beach. The Sand Art Festival held here also saw a lot of local as well as international artists display their art!
One of the Best Places to visit in Alleppey and also one of the oldest, Kerala Kayaking offers the exciting range of activities to explore the pristine backwaters of Kerala. Be it a canoe ride, a motorboat tour, a kayaking expedition or a laid-back house-boat extravaganza, Kerala Kayaking is the best pick for a perfect backwater exploration.
Visit one of the oldest temples of Kerala that has gained its popularity not only within the state but beyond its geographical boundary. History says that this temple is around 3500 years old and was established by Lord Parashurama. Popularly known as Dakshina Palani (Palani of the south), this temple is devoted to Lord Subrahmanya.
As you wander around the temple premise, you will come across many Tamil inscriptions engraved on the temple’s walls. Another unique fact of this temple is its idol. The idol of Lord Subrahmanya was said to be built in a sculptural style that was followed in Buddhist era. So, the idol is very large in size with four arms.
Till date, many unique rituals and ceremonies are celebrated in this temple. So, visit the temple during one such celebration to watch the rituals. Also, it is one of the famous Places to visit in Alleppey.
Amongst all the places of serpent worship in India, there is no match for the Mannarasala Shri Nagaraja Temple. It is a legendary temple that is said to have been blessed by Lord Parasurama himself. Lord Parashurama is said to be the creator of Kerala. This temple is renowned to bless couples who do not have children. Many couples come here and perform the rare rituals and offer this to the Lord Nagaraja.
According to the temple rules, the rituals are only to be performed by the couples who are married since long but could not beget any children. It is one of the famous Places to visit in Alleppey.
One of the Best Places to visit in Alleppey, Its a family collection museum built in the memory of Revi Karuna Karan- a prominent coir industrialist and art enthusiast. The museum houses the art collection maintained over three generations and includes silverware, crystals, precious and semi-precious stones and furniture. Home to the world’s largest private collection of Swarovski crystals, the museum is spread over 28,000 square feet and is a must-visit place in Alleppey.
One of the famous Places to visit in Alleppey which is Situated near the sea bridge and the Raja Kesavdas swimming pool, this mighty lighthouse dates back to 150 years. It served as the path guider for the ships that frequented Alleppey, a then busy business port.
Its construction began in the rule of Travancore King, Marthanda Varma-Ii and was completed in the rule of King Rama Varma.
The structure is cylindrical in shape and has alternate red and white bands painted on its exteriors. 30 meters in height, the lighthouse looks striking in the panorama of the beautiful beach of Alleppey.
Champakulam Kalloorkadu St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church is an ancient church in Kerala and one of the Best Places to visit in Alleppey. It belongs to the Syro- Malabar Church and is under the supervision of Changanacherry.
This is the Mother Church of almost all Christian churches in Alleppey and is also called Champakulam Valia Palli locally. It is believed to have been built in the early 5th century. This church has been broken down and built many a time. The rock inscription and the ancient cross here tells us all about its history and that it was last rebuilt in the 12th century and from then is standing strong here.
The Champakulam church was once under the Niranam Church that was founded by the devotee of Christ himself, St. Thomas. The Champakulam church had very friendly relations with the Jacobite Syrian Group and has been a part of many reforms and social work starting from the 18th century.
How To Get To St. Marys Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Champakulam by Public Transport
Located in the heart of the city, this temple is one of the popular holy shrines of Alappuzha city. The name ‘Mullakkal’ means ‘Jasmine Flower’ in Malayalam. History says that Goddess Raja Rajeshwari (the other name of Goddess Durga) appeared at this spot to take care of this jasmine flower. That’s why this temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Two major Hindu festivals are celebrated in this temple – Navratri and the Thaipooyakavadi. The last two days of Navratri is said to be the most important days of the festival. On this day, colorful processions with nine elephants take place. Along with this, cultural programmes like Ottanthullal and Kathakali are staged in the temple’s premise. Thousands of devotees come here to watch this grand celebration.