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Rightly called as the "Venice of the east", Alleppey is a must visit spot not just in Kerala but in the country. With a refreshing setting, untouched nature and soothing climate, Alleppey is perfect holidaying destination. Quite famous for its houseboats, the places offer mesmerizing scenic beauty. It has a large network of inland canals which act as its lifeline and add on to its beauty.
Used to one of prominent ports in the Malabar Coast and busiest trade centers, Alleppey still presents a glimpse of its glorious past. Once at Alleppey there are various interesting options in and around the place which keeps you entertained throughout your stay. Along with famous boat cruise along the backwaters, there are few worth visiting places situated near by. While on the boat cruise one can have first hand experience of the life style, toddy tapping, fishing for small fry, coir-making, prawn farming etc.
Ambalapuzha which is situated at a distance of 14 km from Alleppey presents amazing sightseeing options. Sreekrishna Temple, built in the traditional Kerala style attracts tourists not just because of its religious association but also for its marvelous architectural features.
Another interesting tourist spot is Karumadikkuttan which is located 3km east of Ambalapuzha. The Karumadikkuttan statue here which is apparently built in 10th century makes for an interesting visit. This black granite figure of the Buddha is something worth watching.
Champakulam is also a place worth visiting. It is a water logged village and has famous St. Mary Forane Church which has been built in 427 A D. Nadubhagum and Champakulam snake boats famous for their participation in the annual snake boat races can also be seen here. 22 km from Alappuzha near Cherthala is the St. Andrew's Church which is popularly known as Arthunkal Church. At Kayamkulam, there is Krishnapuram Palace built by Travancore King, Marthanda Varma in 18th century.
For shopping at Alleppey, there are options such as coir products along with pepper, coconut oil, areca nut, cardamom, sugar, etc .
For reaching Alleppey, one take flights to Kochi. Kochi at a distance of 64 km is the nearest airport to Alleppey. It is also well connected through waterways. There are boats as well as ferry services linking the Alleppey with Cochin, Kottayam, Kavalam, Changanassery and Chengannur. Alleppey is connected to rest of the osith India via NH 47.