Kerala

Kerala is an enchanting kaleidoscope full of breathtaking surprises. It is a small strip of land sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the mighty mountains of the Western Ghats. Kerala State was formed on 1st November 1956, with Thiruvanthapuram its capital city.

Kerala is gifted with exotic ingredients-For beach lovers, the choice of beaches are many where you can swim and surf on peaceful beaches. If you are Nature lover, cool high mountains, boating through the silent lake, a walk through plantation are waiting for you. Kerala, the land of lagoons, long stretches of lush vegetation, wildlife sanctuaries, cool enchanting backwaters and so on makes it a perfect vacation paradise.

Apart from exotic scenery, Kerala is famous for its colourful festivals and events. The Nehru Boat Race held at Alappuzha has attained popularity all over the world. Onam is the most important festival of Kerala; children go around collecting flowers for the decoration in front of their house. It’s an occasion for family get-together for the Keralites.

Kerala has enriched the cultural heritage of India in the field of Arts, Music and Dance. Kathakali is the famous classical dance drama of Kerala. The Ayurvedic treatment and yoga are the added attractions of Kerala. Soak your soul and mind in the ecstasy of celestial blessing of nature, rejuvenate your body and mind.

Keralas tempting cuisine is mildly flavoured and gently cooked. The breakfast menu starts with pootu, dosa, idilli, palappam etc. For lunch the items are served on banana leaf starting with rice, sambar, pachadi, aviyal, pickles, pappad and so on. Desserts (Payasam) are essential part of the meal. Payasams are thick fluid made of milk, coconut milk, nuts and raisins. No lunch is complete without having a banana.

Kerala is an ideal place for shopping. You can take home ivory carvings, eye-catching handloom sarees, gold ornaments, spices etc. The handicrafts of Kerala are known for the unique style. Kerala is also a busy exporting factor of tea, rubber, cardamom, coffee, and cashew nuts. No wonder Kerala is known to be God's Own Country.

Alleppey

Built in the 9th century AD, Alleppey, called Alappuzha lies on the edge of the great Ashtamudi Lake. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast labyrinth of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty.

Related to the Venice of the East by travellers from around the world, this Backwater Country is also home to diverse range of animals and birds. It has always been honored a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala for its proximity to the sea. Alleppey has earned fame in the commercial world as the world's premier supplier of coir.

Today, Alleppey has emerged as a Backwater Tourist Centre, beckoning thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alleppey is also famous for its Boat races, Houseboat Holidays, Beaches, Marine Products and Coir Industry. Every year, during August-September, Alleppey wakes up to the pulsating Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race, a water sport unique to Kerala.

Tourist Places in Alleppey

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Ambalapuzha (Pilgrim Centre)

The Sri Krishna Temple at Ambalapuzha, 14 km from Alleppey is among Kerala`s more famous ones boasting of the typical temple architectural style of the State. It is equally famed for its palpayasam -a sweet milk porridge offered to the diety. The temples main festival occurs in March/April. It was in this temple that the 16th century poet Kunjan Nambiar staged his first Ottan Thullal, a solo dance performance with high social content.

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Pathiramanal (An Island)

This is a small beautiful island in the Vembanad Lake and is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma.

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Karumadi

Close to Ambalapuzha, the village of Karumadi is famous for its Karumadi Kuttan, a black granite figure of Budha said to belong to the 9th or 10th century.

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Krishnapuram Palace

The 18th century Krishnapuram Palace built during the reign of the Travancore monarch, Marthanda Varma, is a double storied structure which displays typical characteristics of Kerala architecture-gabled roofs, dormer windows, narrow corridors. It houses one of the largest mural paintings in Kerala called the Gajendra Moksham. It measures 14 feet by 11 feet and is at the western end of the ground floor, a walking distance from the Palace Pool. Inside is also a museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes. Situated 47 km from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam, Krishnapuram is easily accessible by bus from either town.

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Marari Beach (Mararikulam)

Set amidst ample tranquility and beauty is the Marari beach, a destination one of its kind. Situated between Cochin and Alleppey, Mararikulam, though a small fishing village, is an excellent escape to tranquil environment. The Marari Beach, located here is one of the finest beaches of South India. Marari originates from the name of this village where life remains the same for the people. Mostly fishermen, they venture out to the sea to earn their livelihood. Mararikulam, just 60 kms south of Cochin is one of the finest villages on the western coastline of India. Close to another major tourist hangout Alleppey, Mararikulam is perched away behind a line of dense palms that makes for a soothing shelter for the tourists.

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Alleppey Beach

Close to Alleppey Railway Station, the Alleppey beach is long and has thick palm groves on one end. This is an ideal place to sit and relax.

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Alleppey Backwaters

Alleppey - Kuttanad - The enticing backwaters and the amazing backwater house boats attracts thousands of tourists to this place. Get on these boats and rub shoulders with a colourful and varied group of locals. Or take a ride into Kuttanad through lush green fields and watch coir workers soak, beat and weave coconut fibres into long ropes on spindles as you pass the endless stretch of coconut trees.