Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the List of places known as Venice of the East by Lord Curzon. It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. Alleppey has a wonderful past. Though the present town owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century, district of Alappuzha figures in classical Literature. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms , was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in B.C and in the Middle Ages, as well as with other parts of India. Alappuzha has a lighthouse, which is a major tourist attraction.
Major Tourist Attraction Alappuzha
Alappuzha Beach: Alleppey Beach is also frequently referred to as Alappuzha Beach. There is an old character-filled pier located here that is over 137 years old. Alleppey Beach is one of the most popular beaches of the state of Kerala. One thing that draws people to this beach is the facilities at Vijaya Beach Park. The Alleppey beach has the Arabian Sea to the west as well as a large network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers nearby. The beautiful sand contrasts nicely with the color of the water, to make for a truly relaxing atmosphere. Picnicking at the beach is one of the most popular activities to participate in there.
Pathiramanal (An Island): This is a small beautiful island in the Vembanad Lake and is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma
Champakulam Church : One of the oldest churches in Kerala, the St. Mary’s Church is believed to be one of the seven established by St. Thomas. The annual feast at this church falls on the 3rd Sunday of October every year.
Punnapra: A short distance from Alappuzha is Punnapra, a village which has gone down in history as the scene of a bitter and heroic fighting between the communists and Travancore State Police in the Punnapra Vayalar Communist uprising of 1946.
Arthunkal Palli (Pilgrim Centre) : Arthunkal Palli known for the St. Andrews church established by Portuguese missionaries is near Sherthallai, 33 km north of Alappuzha. The feast of St. Sebastian is held here every January.
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.
By Air : The closest airport from Alappuzha is in Kochi, around 90 km away. Prepaid taxis are available to fetch you to Alappuzha. .
By Rail The train station is about 4 km south-west of the town centre. The 57km journey to Ernakulam takes one hour. Important trains that run from here include Jan Shatabadi, Ernakulam Express, Netravati Express and Allepey Express.The first three connect to Trivandrum and Ernakulam both. Allepey Express runs to Chennai daily.
By Road Buses operate regularly on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam- Alappuzha- Ernakulam route. From Thiruvananthapuram, it`s about 3¼ hours to Alappuzha by superfast / express bus. It takes l¾ hours to reach Ernakulam from Alappuzha.
By Boat Like Kollam, Alappuzha is another point from which to explore the backwaters