Munnar Gate Tourism
 

Munnar Hills station

  munnar Munnar is the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days.  
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Thekkady wild life sanctuaries

  tekkady Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife. .  
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Kumarakom Backwaters

  kumarakam Little islands on the Vembanad Lake..! Small water world!. .  
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Cochin

  cochin Cochin is indeed the " Queen of the Arabian Sea  
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Alleppey Beach

  alleppy The name Alappuzha is derived from the geographical position and physical features of the place.  
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Kovalam Beach

  kovalam Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South".  
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Varkala Beach

  varkala Varkala Beach has wonderfull location in Kerala. The wooden architecture in its own style back dropped by the stunning views of coastline.  
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Thattekkad Birds sanctuaries

  thattekkad located in the Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam district on the northern bank of the Periyar river.  
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Guruvayoor Temple

  guruvayoor Introduce yourself to a land that sways to the rhythms of nature.  
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Thiruvananthapuram

  tiruvanandapuram Thiruvananthapuram, the Capital City of Kerala.  
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  Munnargate Welcomes You
 

ABOUT ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA)

   
 
 

Alappuzha the “ Venice of the East” welcomes you to the backwater city of Kerala; it is emerging as a hot spot of Kerala 
 Currently Alappuzha has emerged 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 land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the rice bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
 
Krishnapuram Palace

 The 18th century Krishnapuram Palace built during the reign of the Travancore monarch, Marthanda Varma, is a double storied structure which displays typical characteristics of Kerala architecture-gabled roofs, dormar windows, narrow corridors. It houses one of the largest mural paintings in Kerala called the Gajendra Moksham. It measures14 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. Situated 47 kms from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam, Krishnapuram is easily accessible by bus from either town..
 
 
Pathiramanal (An Island )
     
This is a small beautiful island in the Vembanad Lake and is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma.
 
Ambalappuzha ( Pilgrim Centre)
 
The Sri Krishna Temple at Ambalapuzha, 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 its palpayasam - a sweet milk porridge offered to the diety. The temple's main festival occurs in March/April. It was in this temple that the 16th century poet Kunjan Nambiar staged his first Ottan Thullal, a solo dance performance with high social content.
 
Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple
 
15 kms. south of Alappuzha, built in the typical Kerala architectural style, this temple is famous all over India for the Palapayasam, the daily offering of deliciously sweet milk porridge. It is also in this temple that Palipana is performed by Velans (sorceres) once every twelve years. Paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are on display on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam. Ottan thullal, a satiric art form originated by the poet Kunchan Nambiar, was first performed on the premises of this temple.
 
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple
 
32 kms. south of Alappuzha situated near Harippad, this is a serpent shrine under the patronage of a 'Brahman' family, headed by a priestess. The ancient shrine is an internationally renowned pilgrim centre dedicated to the Serpent God Nagaraja. Sarpa Yakshi and Naga Yakshi are the beloved consorts of Nagaraja. It is believed that Nagaraja as the installed deity is endowed with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and the spirit of Lord Shiva. Legend has it that the first priestess of Mannarasala gave birth to a five-headed snake, which is believed to reside in the ancestral house to safeguard the family. At Mannarasala barren women are believed to be blessed with children and a special turmeric paste available at the shrine is credited with powers to cure even leprosy.
 
 
Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
 
The Kettukazhcha festival at this temple draws large crowds of devotees. Processions of all decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make a spectacular pageant.
 
 
Karumadi
 
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
 
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.These are the memorial of the martyrs located in Alappuzha near Kalarcode.
 
Kuttanad
 Kuttanad, is called the rice bowl of Kerala because of its wealth of paddy crops. It lies at the very heart of the backwaters. The scenic countryside of Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways also has a rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. This perhaps the only region in the worked where farming is done 1.5 to 2 ms. below sea level. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region.
 
Alappuzha Beach
 
This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya beach park add to the attractions of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse which is greatly fascination to visitors.
 
Vijaya Beach Park
 
Picnic spot with children's park & boating facilities (Open 15.00-20.00 hrs). Entrance fee Rs. 2 per person; Free entrance for children below 5 years. Boating charge: Rs.10 for 10 minutes. Other facilities for children: Toy train, bicycles.
 
Sea View Park
 
The park offers boating facilities and a swimming pool. Boat rentals for 10 minutes: Round boat (4 seater): Rs. 10. Pedalboat (2 seater): Rs. 15. Pedalboat (4 seater): Rs. 25. Video permit Rs. 15, Camera permit Rs. 100 respectively.
 
Chavara Bhavan
 
Chavara Bhavan (6 kms. from Alappuzha, accessible only by boat) is the ancestral home of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It is now a holy shrine and spiritual resort where thousands of devotees gather for prayer, receive favours and feel amply gratified. Here, a 250 year old historically important beacon of light is preserved intact in its original and primitive form.
Arthunkal
 
22 kms. north of Alappuzha, the St. Sebastian's Church is an important Christian pilgrim centre. Annual festival - Arthunkal Perunnal - the feast of the patron saint. (January).
 
Edathua Church
 
Situated 24 kms. away from Alappuzha, on the Alappuzha - Thiruvalla Road . Established in 1810, the church is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments. During the annual feast (5th, 6th, 7th of May) pilgrims from all parts of South India , irrespective of caste and creed, visit the church and seek the blessings of the saint.
 
How to reach Alleppey:

By Air: The nearest airport
Kochi, 64 km away from  alleppey
Trivandrumi,152 kms away from alleppey

By Rail: Kochi is the nearest railway station, which is connected to all the major cities in India.   However there are trains connected to alleppey
By Road: Alleppey is accessible by road from most of the cities and town in Kerala.
You can also reach Alleppey from cochin by 1.5 hrs

Travel in Alleppey Local transport available in  Alleppey includes taxis, autorickshaws, bicycles and buses. There are frequent buses run by the State Transport Corporation. Hired cycles and motor boats are also a fun way to explore Alleppey
Climate:  Alleppey, being a coastal area, has a dry and humid weather during summers in March to May with maximum temperature reaches to nearly 37°C. June to September are Monsoon season with heavy rains and December- February are winters with pleasant climate of temperature between 22°C to 30°C.

Onam the famous festival of Kerala is in the Malayalam Shravan Month (15th August to 15th September) and the celebrations are very attractive. Alleppey is renowned for the Snake boat races, especially the Nehru Trophy boat race in Punnamada Lake which coincides in the month of August.

With moderate climate and many festivals around August to February makes the best season to visit here. Avoid travel during rainy days; water clogging on the roads will make your travel tedious

Bus timings from Alleppy

To Bangalore at 14.00 ( Journey time -17 hrs)

To Coimbatore at 06.15 (Journey time  - 7 hrs)

To Kochi there are frequent buses (Journey time -1½ hrs)

To Thiruvananthapuram there are frequent buses (Journey time - 3½ hrs)

To Kollam - The Buses which are running towards Thiruvananthapuram passes through Kollam (Journey time - 2 hrs)

 

Buses to Kottayam, Thrissur, Palghat and Kozhikode are also frequently available.

Ferry
Alappuzha is linked by boat service through the backwaters to Kollam, Changanassery, Kottayam, Kochi, Kumarakom, Kovalam and Chengannur.  The ferry station (Phone : 0477 - 2252015) and the bus station are close to each other. The ferry boats from Alappuzha passes through scenic backwaters. 

 

Ferry Timings

Kottayam : 07.30, 10.00, 11.30, 14.30, 17.30 (3hrs)
Changanassery : 10.00, 13.45, 17.30 (3 hrs)
Nedumudy : Frequent (1 hr)

 

 

 
 
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