Alappuzha is a beautiful city located on the western coast of India. It is the sixth largest city in Kerala and is known for nostalgic natural beauty, rich history, Nehru Trophy boat race, and coir. Visit the city for a fun holiday and pick from the best hotels in Alappuzha.
Alappuzha, or Alleppey as it is often called, is a beautiful backwater country. It is the place in Kerala where meets the Indian mainland and the vast Arabian sea. It is the sixth largest city of the state and is the district headquarter of Alappuzha. The population is roughly two million consisting of Keralans and people from other regions of India. It is believed that the city is the oldest planned city in Kerala. Kochi is about 62 k.m. to the north and Trivandrum is 155 k.m. to the south of Alleppey. Amongst the chief industries in the city include: coir, carpet, producing coconut oil, copra, and agriculture. The city alone houses around 4000 production units including a few large factories having mechanized looms.
Besides, fishing and maritime are the two small but significant industries. The land of the city and its surroundings are most suitable for harvesting rice. Thus, rice is grown in a large volume, and it is for this fact that the city is sometimes referred as the “Rice bowl of Kerala”. The city is filled with a large number of backwater canals and fresh rivers and they form a network of water bodies that are the lifeline of trade and livelihood in Alleppey.
The nearest airport from Alleppey is the Cochin International Airport. It is about 60 k.m. away and connects the city to all major Indian cities and destinations across the world. The good thing is that almost all luxury hotels in Alappuzha offer airport transfer facility. Besides, the Ernakulam Railway Station is the nearest railhead with frequent trains from different South Indian cities.
The history of the city is dates back to 16th Century. Raja Kesavadas, who was the Dewan of Travancore, founded the city in 1762. During the time, there was just one canal that connected Vembanad Lake to the Arabian Sea. However, it didn’t take long for the small town to turn into a bustling waterway with several shops and factories established on both banks of the canal. The ports of the city soon grew into chief trading centers that attracted merchants from all across the world. The British took coir industry of Alleppey to new heights. They established the first Coir factory of Alleppey in 1859. It was then followed by the establishment of multiple weaving factories owned by the British government. They also built the first Anglican Church in 1819 and established the first post office in 1851.
Alleppey is also known for its rich culture. There are people from different regions following different religion and traditions. The richness of the city culture reflects in its folk songs, dance forms, festivals, temples, rituals, and cuisines. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is one of the most popular events of the city. It is a huge tourist-puller and one of the biggest boat races organized across the world. If one is a culture buff and an enthusiast about history, Alleppey is the place to visit.
Amongst the most popular places to visit in Alappuzha include: Pathiramanal, Champakulam, Pathiramanal, Alleppey Beach, Mannarasala, Krishnapuram Palace, Karumadikkuttan Temple, Arthunkal Church, Kuttanad, Pathiramanal, Punnapra, and QST and R Block Kayal.