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1 Mar 2003

Alappuzha (Alleppey )

Alappuzha is the centre for backwater cruises and coir products in Kerala. It has a large network of canals which pass through the town and provide its lifeline. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race - the most colourful snake-boat race in Kerala, is held here on the second Saturday of August every year.


Alappuzha Beach

Champakulam Church


Chavara Bhavan (6 Km.) - Ancestral home of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara

Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple

Pathiramanal - This little island is a favourite haunt for rare migratory birds

Sea View Park 

Vijaya Beach Park - A picnic spot with Children's Park and boating facilities.


Ambalapuzha (14 Km.): The Sri Krishna temple at Ambalapuzha is one of the most important temples of the state

Arthunkal (22 Km.): It is known for the St. Andrews Church also known as St. Sebastian Church established by the Portuguese Missionaries

Edathua Church (24 Km.): Established in 1810, the church is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments.

Haripad (33 Km.): is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya. Payipad near Haripad (5 Km.) is the venue for a Snake Boat Race during Onam festival

Mannarsala (36 Km.): known for its temple dedicated to Nagaraja (King of Serpents)

Krishnapuram Palace (47 Km.): This 18th century Palace is a double storeyed structure which houses one of the largest mural paintings called the "Gajendra Moksham".


Area : 46.78 Sq.Km. Altitude : Sea Level.

Temperature : Summer Max: 35.0 Deg.C. Min: 22.5 Deg.C.

Winter Max: 32.0 Deg.C. Min: 22.0 Deg.C.

Rainfall : 254 Cm. Season : October to May. STD Code : 0477.


Air : Nedumbasserry Airport in Kochi (64 km.) is the nearest airport which is connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities in India.

Fare: Mumbai-Kochi: Rs. 5990/- (Y) & Rs. 8685/- (J).

Rail : Alappuzha is connected by rail with various cities/towns in India.

Fare: Mumbai-Alappuzha II A/c. Rs. 1943/- & II Class: Rs. 449/-

Road : Alappuzha is connected by road with Changannassery 26 Km., Guruvayur 173 Km., Kaladi 112 Km., Kanniyakumari 247 Km., Kappad 303 Km., Kochi

64 Km., Kollam 87 Km., Kottayam 50 Km., Kozhikode 287 Km., Munnar 192 Km., Palakkad 224 Km., Sultan Battery 386 Km., Thekkady 164 Km.,

Thrissur 144 Km and Thiruvananthapuram 159 Km.

Ferry Services: Alappuzha is well connected by ferry services with Changanassery (3 hrs.), Kollam (8 hrs.), Kottayam (3 hrs.), Kumarakom (2 hrs.). Surface Water Transport Dept. of Kerala operates Publlic Ferry Services from Alappuzha to Kottayam at 0730, 1000, 1130, 1300, 1430 & 1730 hrs.; to Changanassery at 1000, 1300 & 1730 hrs.

Conducted Tours

The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Tel:253308 conducts Backwater trips from DTPC Boat Jetty to Kollam (8 hrs. Dep: 1030 hrs. Daily, Fare: Rs. 150); Alumkadavu (Fare: Rs. 100/-); Kumarakom (Dep: 1030 hrs. Daily, Fare: Rs. 75/-.)

ACCOMMODATION (*Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)

Single Double

*Kayaloram Lake Resort-Heritage Rs. 1890/- Rs. 2520/-

Punchiri Bldg., Tel: 232040, 231573. Fax: 252918.

*The Marari Beach*** A/c. -- Rs.6095-10350/-

Mararikulam North (16 Km.), Tel: 863801-09. Fax: 863810.

* Alleppey Prince Hotel** A/c. -- Rs. 880 -2000/-

A.S.Road, Tel: 243752-57. Fax: 243758.

Coir Village Lake Resorts Rs. 2000- 2500/- Rs.4000-4500/-

Thrikkunnapuzha, Tel: 243462, 483111. Fax: 243462.

Keraleeyam Heritage Home & A/c. Rs. 900/- Rs. 1125-1350/-

Ayurvedic Resort, Thathampally, Tel: 231468/236950. Fax: 251068.

Other Hotels

The tariff of the following hotels range from Rs. 200-500/- for a single room and Rs.600-900/- for a double room.

Hotel Arcadia, Near KSRTC Bus Stn., Tel: 251354; Brothers Tourist Home,Near M.C. Hospital Jn., Tel: 251347/653; Cherukara Nest, Near KSRTC Bus Stand, Tel: 251509; Green Palace Health Resort, Chempumpuram, Telefax: 736262; Enkey's Tourist Home, Pathirapally, Tel:258462; Hotel Komala, Thathampally, Telefax: 243631; Hotel Muttael Holiday Inn, Nehru Trophy Road, Tel:242365; Narasimhapuram Lodge, Mullakkal, Tel: 262662; Padipura Residence, Near District Court, Tel: 244978; Palmgrove Lake Resort, Punnamada, Tel:235004.

Other Accommodation

Yatri Niwas (KTDC), Motel Araam Compound, Tel: 244460, Fax: 244463 (Tariff: A/c. Rs. 400-750/-, Non A/c. Rs. 250/- & 6-bedded Room Rs. 750/-); Motel Araam (KTDC), A. S Road, Tel: 244460 (Tariff: A/c. 250-300/- & Non A/c. Rs. 100-150/-)

Travelogue from Alleppey:

The beautiful state of Kerala in India known as the gods own country for its natural beauty, but I feel gods abode in this beautiful state is Alleppey, with its lush green paddy fields and backwaters, beauty is in such abundance to behold ones eyes.

With lush green paddy fields and nice backwaters, Allepey is beuatiful place within the beautiful state - Kerala (God's own country).

Catch bus or train from Cochin, the rail route from Cochin goes over some bridges crisscrossing the water canals. Then train start tracing sea shor and enjoying the beauty of nature is only thing that you will be on your mind. Getting in town you will the colonial touches with old buildings and churches transversed by canals connecting the sea and backwaters built for trade purpose during the colonial era.

It has one of the cleanest beaches with an old sea bridge stretching nearly one kilometer with light house on other side.

Stroll down  Mullackal that is a market place lined by shops on both sides and a very old temple called Mullackal temple. Buy umbrellas from Popy or Johns one of the finest manufacturers of umbrellas at there factory store. One can enjoy boat rides across the back waters or can rent a houseboat itself to stay in.

Come august and its harvest festival time called Onam in Kerala and Alleppy is host to the snake boat race it’s a spectacular event to watch and enjoy. You can enjoy driving along the road to Chagnacherry with paddy fields on one side canal on the other. Dotted along the road side one can find coconut Toddy shops, so on the drive you can stop over for a few bottles of fresh Toddy with typical Kuttanadu food. If you are a Food lover then no stopping you can enjoy different varieties of fishes (freshwater as well as sea water ones), mussels, crabs, lobsters, squids etc cooked in spices coconut milk.

Alleppey is famous for its coir products or can say only place in the world manufacturing coir carpets and other coir related things.

It’s a beautiful place with warm weather through out the year yet September to March being the nice time to visit.


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