Alappuzha

About Alappuzha:

The word Alappuzha is derived from the two words namely, Ala and Puzha. Where the Ala means broad and Puzha means river.In Alappuzha, there is a beautiful Beach and is also referred as the Venice of the East. Alappuzha Beach is famous for boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is one among the very popular picnic spots. The Entertainment facilities available at the Vijaya Beach Park added more to the attraction of the beach. An old lighthouse is also greatly fascinating to visitors there. In Alappuzha, there is a houseboat cruise which attracts the visitors more. The original  Kettuvallams or rice barges were there to carry tons of rice and spices. Later, the Houseboats have come with all facilities including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. However, it will be a very nice loving experience when one can enjoy uninterrupted views of backwater life while staying in a houseboat.

Places of interest in Alappuzha  

* Pathiramanal:

The Pathiramanal is an island on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds coming from different parts of the world. The Pathiramanal island lies in between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessable only by boat.

* Q S T and R Block Kayals:

Q S T and R Block Kayals are there in the Kuttanad popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala. Here cultivation and habitation are made possible at four feets to ten feets below the sea level. Moreover, a leisurely cruise along with the Canals that surround these Kayals are a memorable experience

* Karumadikuttan:

Karumadikuttan is one of an ancient Buddhist statue in Kerala and is loacted in Karumadi, a small village near Ambalapuzha. Many fascinating legends are associated with this 11th century Karumadikuttan statue of Lord Buddha. 

* Kumarakodi:

Kumarakodi is the final resting place of Mahakavi Kumaranasan, one of the greatest poets of modern Kerala. The Kumarakodi  is located 20 km far from the south of Alappuzha.

* Saradha Mandiram:

The "Saradha Mandiram" was located at Mavelikkara and built by the Malayalam grammarian and rhetorician A.R Rajaraja Varma as his residence. The Malayalam poet had contributed a lot to malayalam and so that the house of him named "Saradha Mandiram" is  now maintained as his memorial by the Government of Kerala. 

* Krishnapuram Palace:

The Krishnapuram Palace was built in the years 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma (during the periods 1729 AD to 1758 AD), the Travancore kingdom. The palace was costructed in the architectural style of Kerala with gabled roof, narrow corridor and dormer windows. The Krishnapuram Palace is located in Kayamkulam and very near to the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram in the Alappuzha district, Kerala. Now, the palace is maintained by the Archaeological Department of Kerala as an archaeological museum and contains exhibits that belonged to the Palace and its former occupant, the Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma.

* Alappuzha Beach