Alappuzha has a distinct lifestyle owing to the overwhelming presence of water in the form of canals and backwaters. The region has in store, some of the picturesque natural settings in Kerala. Interspersed with vast stretches of paddy fields, avenues of coconut trees, islets and villages, Alappuzha is also famous for coir making and coir-based industries. Historically, Alappuzha was once an important trading centre and was popular among foreign traders as the ‘Venice of the East.’ Renowned for its any boat races, Alappuzha also has beautiful stretched fishing villages and is also one of the few places in the world, where farming is done below sea level.
Kuttanad, called the rice bowl of Kerala because of its wealth of paddy crops, is at the very heart of the backwaters. This is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea level. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region.
Cruising in a houseboat on the backwaters of is really a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Present day houseboats are in fact reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times. The original kettuvallams were used to carry tons of rice from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. The houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cosy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. A houseboat ride offers the breath-taking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala. Kerala Cuisines made from the freshly caught fish is another attraction of the cruise.
Alappuzha Beach, 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 fascinating to visitors.
Pathiramanal is a small island on the backwaters between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom. It is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island is accessible only by boat.
International Coir Museum is established by the Coir Board for showcasing the coir industry over the ages with the latest developments which has brought in a revolution. The museum also show cases the traditional processes and development of coir industry, including retting and fibre extraction, advent of mechanization in coir sector etc. A short video film takes the visitors through the world of coir over the ages and gives information on the origin and growth of the industry and the latest developments made through research and development. This will give sweet memories on coir industry. There is souvenir shop attached to the Museum where visitors can have the joy of shopping a wide range of coir handicrafts, coir doormats, coir ornaments etc.
Andhakaranazhy beach, Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swami Temple, St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal, St. Mary’s Forane Church Revi Karunakaran Museum etc. are also places of interest to tourists.
- Guests will be seen off at Cochin International Airport.