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Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a
large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the
east". These large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline.
Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of
the best known ports along the malabar coast. Even today it retains its
charm as the centre for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. Alleppey
the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits to the
lovely church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of Aranmula, famous
for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which is an annual event.
Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake - boat races held on the
second Saturday of August, every year. This competition - the Nehru boat
race takes its name from India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru,
who inaugurated in 1952. It is excitement all around as snake - boats ,
each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind.
The event is a tremendous success with tourists and the local population
The boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey give one first hand
experience of the life style; toddy tapping, fishing for small fry,
Coir-making, prawn farming etc., which remains more or less unchanged over
It is situated 14 kms. away from Alleppey. In its architectural features,
the Sreekrishna Temple confirms the typical Kerala style. The temple is
famous through out Kerala for 'Palpayasam' a milk porridge of exceptional
sweetness offered to the deity.
Situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha, this village is known for its 10th
Karumadikkuttan statue, a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the
founder of Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to this
The water logged village is
also the place of oldest angadi (market) known as Kalloorkkadu angadi. The
St. Mary Forane Church built in 427 A D is another major attraction famous
for its beautiful mural paintings for both tourists and believers. In
Champakulam you can see Nadubhagum and Champakulam snake boats which take
part in the annual snake boat races.
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