Alappuzha
 
       If you have a penchant for exotic location of nature dotted on the pristine lap of nature, Alappuzha in Kerala, God’s own Country is the most favorable one to pass your most memorable moments of life. Here you can kill your wander lusting, romantic spirit penetrating into the wonderful backwater canals overlooking the heavenly treasures of the idyllic life, lush coconut groves sprawling the entire route. Being tired by the cacophonies of modern surroundings your souls desire for a peaceful escapade, so you can book a Kerala Tour meticulously designed by the Indian Memoirs.

       Outing adds zest to life. Booking a tour to Kerala Backwater Alappuzha you can feel something different. It is indeed a paradise on earth, hence it is known as the Venice of East.  Landing at this backwater you can experience a new world- far from the hustle and bustle of city life. You feel its heavenly beauty kindled in the palm groves, elegant beaches, cliffs and rocky caves. If you are nature voyager in true sense you will get everything here-a romantic boat ride on the houseboats, a delicious Kerala cuisine, a pastoral life, healing Kerala ayurveda, Yoga and meditation, and so on.  If you are an angling enthusiast you can do experience it also. You can explore a new world on own as Alappuzha has store in it so much.

       Tour to Kerala is now most demanding among the tourists of all types. Spiritual, heritage, wildlife and nature enthusiasts can peep into the backwater destination Alappuzha linked to various other exotic location of Kerala by backwater routes. Besides the boat jetty for travelers, boat is a public mode of transportation here, so cruising down the backwater canals with local folks is sure to be a mesmerizing one. A boat ride on the Alappuzha backwater canals can be a sensuous journey as nature unfolds here with its utmost sensuous form. The chirping of the birds will give a wake up call from the lull sleep. The townships located near Alappuzha are also attraction for the tourists due to various hidden treasures.

       If you do travel Alappuzha in the festival time it will be great fun, in festive time Alappuzha wears a new look. You may experience the rural fun of boat race, beach sports, a houseboat cruise, an ayurveda massage and so on. So to experience all these you must visit Alappuzha with Indian Memoirs.
 
Important Places
 
Kuttanad
 

       A place where crops grow 1.5-2 meters below the sea level, Kuttanad is an exotic location with huge green paddy fields. It is a spectacular place where one can have the experience of the agrarian life of the people. One can explore Kuttanad in a backwater cruise through the inland water ways. Kuttanad with its unspoiled beauty has so much to offer to a tourist.       

       This is perhaps the most interesting name for an idyllic tourist spot. Located at Kuttanad in Alleppey district, QST & R Block Kayal is a backwater destination. 

       The rice fields here are four to ten feet below sea level. Extensive track of fertile land is reclaimed from the backwaters, for which, the water is held at bay with the help of dykes resembling those in Holland. This is a unique illustration of the indigenous agricultural engineering skills of the ancients.

       A cruise on the canals and backwaters here on a rice boat (Kettuvallam) is a one-of-its-kind experience. Serene waterways, quiet life on the shores, water fowl, palm grove and paddy fields… there is no other place like Kuttanad. 
 
Alappuzha Beach
 

       Tour to Alappuzha will be incomplete without a visit to the Alappuzha beach. A tourist will be captivated by its serene beauty and the leisure activities. It is located at a close distance from the Alappuzha town; one can enjoy the sunrise and sunset view besides experiencing the entire beach funs.

       With the Arabian sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travellers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. The rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad is perhaps the only place in the world where farming is done below sea level. 

 
Karumadi
 
       Karumadi, one of the most visited tourist destinations in Alappuzha district is visited for its old Buddha Shrine named as “Karumadi Kuttan” dates back to the ninth or the tenth century. The sculpture of the shrine is stunning owing to historical significance.
 
Pathiramanal
 

       One and a half hour drive by motor boat or 30 minutes by speed boat from Alappuzha, Alappuzha district, south Kerala. 
Birding dreams come true at the island of Pathiramanal where various migratory and resident birds frolic in the waters and trees.  One has to cruise down to reach this isolated island decked with natural wonders. Various aquatic species are found here.

       This little island on the backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island is accessible only by boat. 
                      
       Pathiramanal, a small island on the backwaters of Alappuzha, is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world.

       Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam lake, Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat. The green island thus forms an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise.

       The mainland Alappuzha has a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss-crossing it and is a district of immense natural beauty.
 
Ambalappuzha
 
       A symbol of temple culture of God’s own Country, Ambalappuzha Shri Krishna temple has been visited by the Hindu devotees. In between the month of March and April, the festival of Ambalappuzha is celebrated by the natives with great fervor and spirit.
 
Krishnapuram Palace
 

       Sightseeing in Alappuzha includes visit to Krishnapuram Palace. This palace is a worth visiting site in Alappuzha which is located at a distance of 50 kilometers away from Alappuzha. It was built during the rule of Marthanda Varma. The architecture is traditional kerala style and its mural paintings are stunning to steal a glance.

       Kerala tour especially an Alappuzha tour will be mesmerizing one including visits to the aforementioned tourist destinations. Indian Memoirz offers a promising one to this backwater destination of God’s Own Country.

 
Arthunkal Church
 
 
Arts
 
       Gifted by a diverse cultural life Alappuzha in Kerala has its heterogeneous art and culture due to presence of the diverse tribes and people of all religion. The art and culture of Alappuzha is seen in its temple festivals, boat race, martial art show, classical dance form, varied cuisine, etc. Tour to Keralawith Indian Memoirz includes the exploration of the rich cultural life of the Alappuzha people
 
Velakali
 
       A form of martial dance, Velakali is a temple art form performed by men. The artists are dressed up with traditional attires and colorful head dresses to imitate the medieval Nair warriors.  The main features of this dance form are sword play, measure movements, and music of orchestra group. It has been practiced to improve the martial art of the men. In the Shree Krishna temple it is celebrated with great pomp and show.
 
Ottan Thullal
 
       This dance form was originated at Ambalappuzha Temple having 250 years history. It is performed in a satirical manner by the amateur artists. The theme is based on the social elements.  It was initially performed by the veteran artist Kunchan Nambiar, and it has an interesting story behind its origin.
 
Culture
 
       The rich cultural life is witnessed in the celebrations and traditional beliefs of the people. Like other places of kerala, Alappuzha is an abode of secularism where people of all religion take part in a cultural festival and celebration-be it a Christmas or a temple or mosque celebration. The carnivals are celebrated with great celebrations like cultural procession, classical dance competition, martial art show, etc. The boat race is the most spectacular one not to be missed by a tourist.
 

Alappuzha Fairs and Festival

 
       People of Alappuzha do admire a rich cultural life featured by the myriad fairs and festivals. The boat races of Alappuzha are world famous among the cultural freaks due to their unique nature and great mode of celebration. The Alappuzha tour offered by Indian Memoirz meticulously includes the boat festivals of Alappuzha. An extended Kerala cultural tour includes these boat festivals to offer a memorable visit to incredible India.
 
Nehru Trophy Boat Race 
 

       Besides the backwater tourism, Alappuzha is known worldwide for its Nehru Trophy Boat Race which welcomes a large number of foreign tourists. It is celebrated in the month of August where boat racers use snake boats to sing the rower’s song. It is a great carnival celebrated with pomp and show. People do come from various parts of Kerala to shout for their parties. The rhythms of the racers do create a musical sound along with the tune of the fans. The rowers’ song is traditionally known as “Vanchi Pattu”.
There are plenty of sightseeing locations at Alappuzha in Kerala, yet the most exotic ones not to be missed by a tourist are :

 
How to Reach
 
By Air
 
       Kochi International Airport is 64 kilometers away from Alappuzha. It is the most convenient one to reach Alappuzha.
 
By Road
 
       One can reach Alappuzha driving through the National Highway 47 which is linked all other important places as well cities of India.
 
By Rail
 
       The Alappuzha railway station is well-linked to Alappuzha by private vehicles or government bus service. It is just 4 kilometers from the Alappuzha town.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
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