The Venice of the East is how this small town of Alleppy or Alappuzha is known as. With its beautiful backwaters and lagoons, endless canals, swaying coconut palm trees and cashew plantations, it is but no wonder that this district of immense natural beauty has won every tourist’s heart.
Besides its breathtaking natural beauty, this headquarters of backwater tourism is also known for its spectacular snake boat races (on the Punnamada Lake) that are held on the second Saturday of August every year. A small race for the benefit of the tourists is held in
One of the most spectacular events in God’s own Country, the annual snake boat race is said to induce a spirit of comradeship as well as a sense of unity and fraternity amongst those participating in the race and those watching it. The race is indeed a sight to behold with long serpentine boats -135-104 feet long being rowed by around 100 men to the rhythm of drums and to the cheers of the crowd. The prize of the race being the coveted Nehru Cup .
A replica of a snake boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus, the cup is said to be instituted by the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru when he toured the town in the 1950s and was given a thunderous welcome .
August – September is the best time to visit
Places for visit:
Pathiramanal : For bird lovers, this small island on the backwaters of Alappuzha is a must visit. About a 1½-hour drive by motorboat from Alappuzha, Pathiramanal is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world. Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat as it is surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam Lake .
Sea view Park : For those who love enjoying themselves by water, the Sea View Park is a place to visit while in Alappuzha. The park has a swimming pool and offers boating facilities .
Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple : A visit to this temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, will enable you to witness the typical temple architecture of Kerala. You can also get the glimpses of the town culture and taste payasam, if you happen to visit this place during the festival time of March .