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Alappuzha includes a huge network of lakes, lagoons and rivers criss crossing it and is known as a district of vast natural beauty. The name Alappuzha comes from 'Aal(Sea)+ puzhai(River-mouth)(The connecting place of a river and also the sea)' Alappuzha is one among the foremost vital tourist centres within the state, with an outsized network of canals. Fascinated by its scenic beauty and richness the Lord Curzon the Viceroy of Indian Empire aptly nicknamed Allapuzha "Venice of the East" and giving it the deserved place in world tourist map. The giant networks of canals offer Alleppey its lifeline. It was one among the busiest centres of trade the past being one among the most known ports on the Malabar Coast. Even these days it retains its charm as it is the centre for fibre carpet industries and prawn farming.

Alappuzha is additionally best-known for its snake-boat races persisting on the second Saturday of August, every year. The boat race competition; the Nehru race takes its name from India's initial prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, which was inaugurated in 1952. There is a wave of excitement around all the snake-boats, which are manned by over 100 oarsmen, cross the waters like wind. The event is a tremendous success with tourists as well as the native population. It's ideally located near to the city of beautiful churches Kottayam, and also the city of Aranmula, which is known for its historic Snake boat race that happens yearly. .

TOURIST SPOTS IN ALAPPUZHA

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Krishnapuram Palace:- The palace and museum of Krishnapuram situated in Kayamkulam close to Allepey in Alappuzha district of Kerala. It was constructed in the eighteenth century by ...

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Krishnapuram Palace

The palace and museum of Krishnapuram situated in Kayamkulam close to Allepey in Alappuzha district of Kerala. It was constructed in the eighteenth century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma (1729–1758 AD), of the Travancore kingdom. It is built in the signature architectural style of Kerala with gabled roof, slender passageway and dormer style windows, close to the Krishnaswamy temple. The Palace was named after this Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram, which is a serene village, which is about two kilometres (1.2 mi) south of Kayamkulam city. Placed on the hillock it is encircled by terraced garden with fountains, ponds and lawns. The Krishnapuram Palace is known as one of the best and rarest samples of a typical Keralite style design; proverbial within the native language as Pathinerakettu is a fine example of Kerala’s architectural design. It’s a miniature model of Padmanabhapuram Palace, which was the headquarters of Travancore Rajas. The palace houses several other buildings, that is a mixture of ancient and western design of architecture.

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Kuttanad- R Block:- Kuttanadu region within the Alappuzha district in the state of Kerala is known for its picturesque vast paddy fields and its geographical peculiarities. it is the region with all-time low altitude in India, and ...

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Kuttanad- R Block

Kuttanadu region within the Alappuzha district in the state of Kerala is known for its picturesque vast paddy fields and its geographical peculiarities. it is the region with all-time low altitude in India, and one among the few places within the world wherever farming is applied below water level. The major occupation in Kuttanad is farming. Rice is that the vital agricultural product, giving Kuttanad the designation of "The Rice Bowl of Kerala". It’s additionally one among the traditionally vital places in the ancient history of South India.The Kuttanad region is broadly speaking classified into 3 divisions - Lower Kuttanad, Upper Kuttanad, North Kuttanad. QST & R Block Kayals (backwaters) remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland. A striking example of the indigenous agricultural engineering know-how, here cultivation and habitation are made possible at four to ten feet below the sea level. For this purpose extensive land has been reclaimed from the backwaters and is protected by dikes built around it. A cruise along the canals here is a memorable experience. Currently 3 crops are full-grown yearly rather than the standard 2 per annum. Giant farming areas close to Vembanad Lake were truly saved from the lake. The history of the paddy cultivation in Kuttanad is carried back to centuries.

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Edathua Church:- Edathua a well known place in Kuttanad of Alappuzha district is situated 12 kilometres from Thiruvalla city. Edathua is legendary for the St. George Catholic church also referred to as 'Edathua Palli'.

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Edathua Church

Edathua a well known place in Kuttanad of Alappuzha district is situated 12 kilometres from Thiruvalla city. Edathua is legendary for the St. George Catholic church also referred to as 'Edathua Palli’. The Church celebrates its major feast from April 27 th to 7 th may of every year. It’s a well famous destination among the Christian and non Christian Pilgrims. Initially Edathua Palli was designed by Thomas Olakkapady, vicar of the Church. The two hundred year old church resembles the similar architecture to that of the medieval Europe.People from various parts of the state and various other parts of the world visit the place during the Church festival. Throughout the Edathua Church feast, the sculpture of St. George, decked out in gold regalia, is placed on the podium at the middle of the basilica. Devotees from other States are the most contributors to the current Church feast and that they mostly stay at the residence near to the church. In fact, the feast, referred to as "Edathua Perunnal" helped Edathua to develop in concert of the foremost vital industrial centre for the rice farmers and agricultural employees in Kuttanad region.

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Boat Races:- The boat race or the Vellam Kali of the Alapuzha is one to the main attractions of Kerala's cultural heritage. The most pioneered one of the boat races is the Nehru Trophy conducted during ...

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Boat Races

The boat race or the Vellam Kali of the Alapuzha is one to the main attractions of Kerala’s cultural heritage. The most pioneered one of the boat races is the Nehru Trophy conducted during the second Saturday in the month august in every year. The rain-drenched earth along with the magnificently ever flowing backwaters burst into song as over hundred thousand men and women gather on the banks to witness a spectacular regatta gala of the SNAKE BOAT . Race crews starts there practice months before the fine day of the competition. They live along, eat along, toil alongto figure themselves into a co-ordinated team. A splendid procession unfolds with all sorts of 'Kali-Vallangal' or sport BOATS, Led by the most important and therefore the most majestic of them, the 'Chundan'. As the rowers sing songs of ' Vanchi pattu ' to the rhythmic movement of the oars it creates a spell bounding a feast for the eyes and ears of the audience.The latest addition to the boat race is the one in connection with the GREAT ELEPHANT MARCH held on 19th of January every year. 'Champakkulam', 'Kavalam', 'Karichal', 'Jawahar Thayangari', 'Kallooparamban', 'Pacha', 'Pulinkunnu', 'Nadubhagam', 'Cheruthana', 'Kandangari' and 'Paippad' are the chief competitors for the trophies in the boat race .

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ARTS & ATTRACTIONS

ARTS & ATTRACTIONS :- The numerous art forms of Kerala have always made its impact on the rich culture of Kerala.

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FOOD ITEMS IN KERALA

FOOD ITEMS :- The cuisines of Kerala are inspired by its cultural heritage and the generous availability of seafood, poultry and coconut.

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