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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

India : Kerala : Alappuzha : Attractions & Excursions - 6

Guys, now we must move towards Alappuzha, a last destination of our tour here. Following are the attractions and Excursions of Alappuzha. Just take a look.

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(Alleppey) Alappuzha has a large network of canals and is the center for backwater cruises in Kerala. It is also known as the Venice of the East, it's famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and fiber products industry.

Kuttanad :

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It is called the rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad is at the very heart of the backwaters. This is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2m below sea level. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region.

Slide Show : Kuttanad

Alappuzha Beach :

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A 137 old pier, which extends into these and an old lighthouse are the attractions here. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the beach.

Pathiramanal :

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This is a small beautiful island in the Vembanad Lake and is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma. The enchanting island on the backwaters is a favorite is a haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.

Krishnapuram Palace (47 kms) :

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The 18th century Krishnapuram Palace built during the region of the Travancore monarch, Marthanda Varma, is a double stored structure which displays typical characteristics of Kerala architecture-gabbled roofs, dormer windows, narrow corridors. Its houses one of the largest mural paintings in Keralal 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.

Ambalappuzha (Pilgrim Centre) :

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The Sri Krshna Temple at Ambalappuzha, 14 kms from Alleppey is among Kerala's more famous ones boasting of the typical temple architectural style of the state. It is equally famed for tis palpayasam - a sweet milk porridge offered to the deity. The temple's main festival occurs in March/April.

Karumadi :

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

Arthunkal (Pilgrim Centre) :

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Arthunkal known of the St. Andrews Church established by Portuguese missionaries is near Sherthallai, 22 kms north of Alappuzha. The feast of St. Sebastian is held here in every January.

Punnapra :

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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.

Boat Races :

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Alappuzha district can be proud of being the cradle of boat races. All the important boat races, namely the Nehru Trophy Boat Race a Punnamada, the Pulinkunnu Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race, the Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, the Payippad Jalotsavam, the Thiruvandoor, Neerettupuram Karuyatta and Thaikkottam boat races are held on or around the Onam holidays at different parts of the district. Thousands of people from all parts of the world came and witness these races.
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