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The most fascinated tourist attraction of Alleppey is the backwater cruises. Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, backwater tourism and coir Industry. A backwater cruise provides an opportunity to experience the coastal life of Kerala. A voyage through the rural waterways will be a great experience. The lush greenery of well-grown vegetable gardens, coconut palm groves, shrubs, mangrove forests, sprawling paddy fields, flocks of ducks and a variety of birds looking for their prey in the water, and other factors associated with the water will undoubtedly grab your heart. We can not help but be amazed at the happy life of the village folks, who live in tiny lands surrounded by waterways and adopt simple, unpretentious lifestyles. Palm-fringed narrow canals winding through the paddy fields' vast expanse and the neat small hamlets lined up along the side of channels are other sights one can never forget. A Houseboat trip provides us with all the comforts equivalent to five-star hotels. The interiors of most houseboats are reminiscent of rooms in star hotels. Houseboats also have facilities for those who are interested in fishing. A full-day houseboat tour package covers a welcome drink, lunch, tea with snacks, dinner, and breakfast apart from a bath attached airconditioned room where you can comfortably sleep. The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes that run parallel to Kerala's coast along the Arabian Sea. In addition to the five major lakes, the network includes 38 rivers and canals, which are man made and natural and span about half the length of Kerala. The Kerala Backwaters consist of water channels, rivers, lakes, and inlets, forming a system of over 900 km of waterways. Several towns and cities serve as the starting and endpoints for backwater cruises. Vembanad has an area of 2033 km2, making it the largest lake in India. The lake has a unique habitat: freshwater from rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea. There is a barrage near Thanermukom, which prevents saltwater from the sea and keeps fresh water intact. This freshwater is widely used for irrigation. Among the lake's inhabitants are crabs, frogs, and mudskippers; waterfowl such as terns, kingfishers, darters, cormorants; and animals such as otters, turtles. Palm trees, mangroves, pandanus shrubs, and various leafy plants and shrubs grow alongside the lake, giving a greener touch to the surrounding landscape. Alleppey Beach tourism: The beaches of Alleppey play a key role in tourism: tranquil beaches and comfortable beach resorts help beach lovers enjoy their stay.

Houseboat ride on Alleppey backwaters

Alleppey houseboat trip plays a key role in Kerala tourism. A house provide you with all time fresh meals prepared in the kitchen of the same boat, welcome drink, tea and snacks, clean and comfy rooms with attached bath, bottled drinking water, and clean water for your bath. On a backwater cruise, you will see various birds, green and golden paddy fields, mangroves, shrubs, vegetable gardens, coconut palms, flocks of ducks, and the peaceful lives of tribes living in their homes surrounded by water with limited income.

Alleppey houseboat

Small boats' ride on Alleppey backwaters

Small boat cruises can take you through narrow canals, lagoons and inland waterways that are inaccessible to houseboats. To explore Alappuzha and the simple life of the rural villagers in depth, it is best that you use a shikara or other small boat. Such a trip will give you a better knowledge and experience of Alappuzha Lake Tourism, which will motivate you to visit this place again.

Shikkara boating in Alleppey

Ravi Karunakaran Memorial Museum

The museum houses one of the largest collections in the world of Swarovski crystals. The Swarovski display at the museum is the only one of its kind in the world, as it includes several rare items. Over 800 beautiful figurines in the collection will take your breath away with their beauty, craftsmanship, and luster. You can see birds, flowers, animals, photo frames, jewelry, trees, and many more beautiful items in the collection. To tell more about this museum, please visit:

http://www.rkkmuseum.com/

Ravi Karunakaran Memorial Museum, Alleppey

Pathiramanal Island

Pathiramanal, an island in Alappuzha Lake, is home to hundreds of rare migrating birds. From Alappuzha, it is accessible by motorboat or speedboat after an hour and a half drive. Thus, it makes this Green Island a perfect place for a break on a backwater cruise. Alappuzha has an extensive network of lakes, lagoons, and freshwater rivers. It is a district of limitless natural beauty.

Pathiramanal Island, Alleppey

Karumadikuttan, the statue of Sree Budha

Karumadikuttan is a statue of Sree Budha located in Karumadi, a place in the Aleppey District, 17 km from Alleppey city. A small crowd makes their way to this site located throughout the year. It is a Buddha statue made of solid black granite that dates back to the 11th century. The entire site today is under the protection of the Kerala Archaeology Department. Many people from across the nation and abroad come here to pay their respects and seek blessings, because stories about its healing properties have spread far and wide.

Karumadikuttan Alleppey

Arthunkal Church

In 1647, Arthunkal became famous for bringing the marvelous statue of St. Sebastian from Italy. St. Sebastian was the captain of the bodyguards of the Roman emperor Diocletian. He was brutally murdered for his faith in Christ and martyred in 286 AD. People of all religions, who were suffering from epidemics, prayed to St. Sebastian, who cured them all. In January, the feast of St. Sebastian began to attract thousands of people from every walk of life. Gradually, Arthunkal became a place of pilgrimage for people of all faiths. The church, built in stone in 1602, was renovated in 1870 with a new facade and bell tower. The granite church was built shortly after 1900, and the first services were held there in 1967. The new church took 60 years to complete. Devotees of the Hindu deity, Ayyappa, continue to revere St. Sebastian even to this day on their return from Sabarimala, the abode of Lord Ayyappa.

Arthunkal church, Alleppey

Sree Krishna Temple, Ambalappuzha

The Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple is one of seven great Vaishnava temples in Kerala. In this holy shrine in the Alappuzha district, Lord Vishnu appears as Parthasarathy, the charioteer of Arjuna from the epic Mahabharata.
Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran, ruler of the erstwhile Chembakassery kingdom, built the temple during the 15th - 17th centuries.
Chuttambalam (the building that encircles the Sanctum sanctorum) is decorated with beautiful wall paintings. This temple is known for its sweet milk porridge, Ambalappuzha Palpayasam, in local language.

Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Chettikulangara Bhagavati Temple

Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is one of the five temples established by Lord Parashurama. The temple locates at Chettikulangara, 45 km from Alappuzha city. The temple dates back over 1200 years. 
The main deity of the temple is Goddess Jagadambika of Chettikulankara. The Chettikulangara Shree Bhagwati Temple is currently under the control of the Travancore Devaswom Board, the second-highest revenue-earning body next to Sabarimala. more at: https://www.chettikulangara.org/

Chettikulangara Bhagavathi Temple

Marari beach

At Mararikulam village in Alappuzha district, 16 km from Alleppey City, lies Marari beach, a tranquil spot for sunbathing. You will see here many coconut palms. This charming seaside was declared one of the world's top five hammock beaches by the National Geographic survey. 
Marari Beach is among the best serene beaches in Kerala where you can relax most obviously. You can sunbathe in your bikini and get the best tan on this uncrowded beach fringed with coconut trees, white sand, and clean water.

Marari-Beach, Alleppey

Krishnapuram Palace

Krishnapuram Palace is a rare example of Kerala-style architecture, rich in gabled roofs, narrow corridors, and dormer windows. The residence and age of the palaces of the rulers of the kingdom of Kayamkulam are unknown. As an archaeological museum, today's palace was renovated sometime in the 18th century and again recently according to scientific techniques for protecting heritage buildings. There is a beautifully landscaped garden in the palace compound, where you can view a variety of typical flora of Kerala. You can also see a newly constructed Buddha Mandapam housed with a recently recovered Buddha statue. Rare antique bronze sculptures and paintings are in other collections in the museum. Visit Time: 09.00 to 16.30 hrs, closed on Mondays and national holidays.

Krishnapuram-palace-Alleppey

Kuttanad, a must-see spot 

It is Kerala's central rice granary, where vast extents of green paddy farmlands combined with charming backwaters create some extraordinary sights. Kuttanad is all about a rural community. With its farming below sea level (about 4 to 10 feet), Kuttanad's land occupies a socio-cultural foundation in all of its own. Four major rivers of Kerala flow into this region. During the harvest season, the vast extent of paddy fields will be full of farmers immersed in different farming activities; done traditionally. Early morning, one can see women carrying their lunch boxes and sickles to the paddy fields. Farmers are already sowing seeds, removing weeds, diverting waterways, etc. The Kuttanad region is also abundant in the avian population. You can easily find many parrots flying in the paddy fields, especially in those areas with rice stalks in bloom. You can also see a black blanket spread across the sky, revealing another flock of birds at a closer look. Don't forget to stroll along the canals surrounding Kuttanad lining with tall coconut palms that swing in the wind as you explore the villages. During most of the day, these canal ranges would be abuzz with several activities. Here you can see merchants on the boat selling vegetables, groceries, and fish to families on these canals' banks. You can find country boats transporting bulk goods to nearby markets, such as coconut husk, rice grains, etc. Here at Kuttanad, the most fascinated sight is the ducks, who quack together in large numbers and move across the backwaters in large numbers, controlled by men in small boats. Men can be seen collecting lime shells from the depths, others fishing with nets and traditional cane baskets called Ottal. Visit the small, traditional roadside eateries for backwater fish delicacies and tapioca if you want to try some local dishes. Many people enjoy Toddy because of its unique taste and availability. You can see Kuttanad a little more exciting if you rent a boat. You can hire motorboats, houseboats, shikkara, etc., from the jetty operated by the government or the private agents available at the nearby locality. Places worth visiting in Kuttanad include Nedumudi, Kavalam, and Champakulam.

Kuttanad, a must-see spot in Alleppey