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Alappuzha Backwaters

Alappuzha (Alleppey) 'Venice of the East' is one of the exotic backwater location, which lies in south Indian state of Kerala in India. Alappuzha offers a kaleidoscopic overview of the natural beauty, with the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it. More than 400 houseboats ply the backwaters of Alappuzha.

Best time to Visit :
The temperature of Alleppey is generally hot and humid during the summer season, while during the months it is more pleasant. The average temperature ranges from 22°C to 35°C in summer and 20°C to 32°C during winters. The best time to plan out the holiday trip to the Alappuzha backwaters lies between the month of August -September and February to March.

Alappuzha Backwaters Tourists activities :

Village Visit :
Tourists can make a visit to the local villages to witness a completely different lifestyle of the people that you have never experienced before. You may find men holding meetings in the village, women busy with their home managements, fishermen anxiously searching for the fishes, and the tourists enjoying the backwater cruises.

Yoga and Meditation : On the tour to the Alappuzha Backwaters rejuvenate yourself with the various herbal massages. You can also attend the early morning session of the Yoga and Meditation organized by the team of experts.

Fishing and angling :
Tourists can avail the service of fishing and angling at the Alappuzha backwaters and experience the exotic life of the Kerala's Backwaters, and indulge in nature walk. You can also visit the home of the local keralite family for tea or for the private cooking class. People in Kerala are really warm hearted people.

Wildlife Adventure :
Apart from all this, wildlife lovers can make a trip to the Alleppey Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the best place to see the wilds in their natural habitats. You can also visit the Pathiramanal Island, which is the famous birding site among the tourists. It is home to the hundred of domestic and migratory birds.

Popular Tourists Attractions :

Alappuzha Boat Races :
Alappuzha Backwaters is the picturesque setting for the colourful Nehru Trophy Boat Race conducted at the Punnamad Lake in the month of August every Year. It is the most popular boat races in the Kerala attracting thousand of visitors around the globe. Boats of all the size compete in this prestigious events. It was first started in the year 1952 when the first Prime Minister of India Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, visited this place. It trophy is names as the Nehru Trophy as it was donated by the Pandit Nehru to the winners of the first boat race. The boats are beautifully decorated with the umbrellas. Champakulam, Kavalam, Karichal, Jawahar Thayangari, Kallooparamban, Pacha, Pulincunnu, Nedubhagam, Cheruthana, Kandangari and Paippad are the main competitors of this race. The resembles the unity among the people of Kerala on this occasion.

Kuttanad in Alappuzha :
Popularly known as the ' Rice bowl of Kerala', Kuttanad, is one such few places in the world where the farming is done below the sea level. Kuttanad, provides you the deep insight of the Kerala life style. It is one such place where you may glimpse vast lands of lush paddy fields and where you can find the rich crops of Bananas, Yams, and Casava. Kuttanad is one of the most beautiful backwater regions, sandwiched between the sea and the hills. It presents the marvelous example of the indigenous agriculture engineering.

Alleppey Beach :
One of the most popular attractions in the Alappuzha is the Alleppey beach, built by the Captain Hugh Crawford in the year 1862. This pristine beach is also the most popular tourists spots in Alleppey. Tourists can avail the boating facilities in its water or can explore the near by destinations. An old light house is the prime attractions of this place.

Krishnapuram Palace : Than the tourists can make a visit to the Krishnapuram palace, which was built by the Travancore Kings in the 18th century. The palace houses on of the greatest mural panels of Kerala – the Gajendra Moksham and boosts of antique sculptures, paintings and artifacts in bronze.

Alappuzha Temple :
Another major attractions of the place is the Alappuzha temple famous for its architectural work. The temple is dedicated to the lord Krishna. Than you can move out to the Champakulam Church, which is one of the oldest church in Kerala.

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