Alappuzha or Alleppey is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes. Alappuzha remains prominent on the tourist trial of Kerela as one of the major centers for backwater boat trips.Alleppey or Alappuzha is also known as the "Venice of the East" its was here that traders from across the seven seas came in search of black gold and souvenirs.
Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. As per 2001 census Alleppey is the sixth largest city in Kerala with an urban population of 177,029. Alleppey is situated 62 kilometres (39 mi) to the south of kochi and 155 kilometres (96 mi) north of Trivandrum. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters,beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon . It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. Malayalam is the most spoken language. Hindi, English and Tamil are also widely spoken in the town.
Alleppey is an important tourist destination in India. Backwaters of Alleppey are world famous and is the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin towards north and Quilon to the South. Alappuzha is also the access point for the annualNehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India. Apart from Backwaters some other attractions in Alleppey are Alappuzha Beach offering one of the most beautiful views of the Arabian Sea, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Edathua Church, Krishnapuram Palace also attracts lot of tourists.Coir is the most important commodity manufactured in Alappuzha. The Coir Board was established by the Central Government under the provisions of the Coir Industry Act, 1955. There is also a Coir Research Institute functioning at Kalavoor.
History of Alappey
Alappuzha town was built by Diwan Raja Kesavadas. Before joining in to Thiruvithamkoor state, Alappuzha was small provinces. Alappuzha and Ambalappuzha were under Chembakasery Province. Mavelikkara and Kayamkulam were under Odanadu. The other name of Odanadu is Onattukara. The capital of Chembakaserry was at Ambalappuzha. And the capital of Onattukara province was at Kandiyoor near Mavelikkara. Later it shifted to a place named Eruva and then shifted to Krishnapuram near Kayamkulam.
Regular water transportation is carried out by Kerala State Water Transport Department.
Alappuzha is now the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala. Houseboats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available for hire on a daily basis as well as for longer durations to take visitors on the old waterways. These houseboats in general have two bedrooms and attached bathrooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kuttanad style. Alappuzha is unique in that it is the only district in Kerala without forest.
Cultural events in Alappuzha include the Chambakkulam Moolam boat race, Chettikulangara Bharani and the Nehru Trophy boat race.
Snake boat races are a traditional event in Alappuzha. These spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat races are the Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Champakulam Moolam Boat Race.
Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple
Proposed Alappuzha Municipal Corporation
There is a proposal to upgrade Alappuzha Municipality to a municipal corporation.
The proposed Alappuzha Municipal Corporation comprises:
- Alappuzha Municipality (villages of Alappuzha West, Alappuzha East, Mullakkal, Pazhaveedu, Kalarkode)
- Aryad panchayat (villages of Komalapuram, Aryad North, Aryad South)
- Mannancherry panchayat
- Mararikulam South panchayat (villages of Mararikulam South, Kalavoor, Pathirapally)
- Mararikulam North panchayat
- Punnapra North panchayat (villages of Paravur, Punnapra North)
- Punnapra South panchayat
- Ambalapuzha North panchayat (villages of Ambalapuzha North, parts of Karumadi)
- Ambalapuzha South panchayat (villages of Ambalapuzha South, parts of Karumadi)
Total area: 169.64 km2
Total population (1991 census): 403,463