A Brief History
A Brief History
The district was formed in the year 1957. But the place was already in the map due to its trading history with cities like Greece and Portugal. The Portuguese started preaching Catholicism and converted many of the natives before the Dutch influence started increasing in the 17th century.
please refer to Ancient alappuzha to know more about the history of Alappuzha
Geography of Alappuzha
Alleppey is hands down best known for its backwaters, rivers, canals and lagoons. The district stretches some 546 square meters.
One of the most beloved attractions of Alleppey is Vembanadu lake which has an area of 847 square meters. Alleppey is the most beautiful during the season of rice cultivation.
The west side of the district is the coastal area where the Laccadive sea is situated.
Alleppey is hot and humid during summer while it is rather cooler in the months of November and December.
Like any other districts in Kerala, Alleppey has two monsoons running between June and September and then October and then between October and November.
Major Attractionsof Alappuzha
The traditional dance of Kerala, “Kathakali”, an art form that is deeply rooted in the highest forms of acting and art works is another main attraction of the venice of east. Alleppey is also the center of coir (strings made from coconut husk) manufacturing. Some of the other main attractions are
Major Attractions of Alappuzha
The list of few of the Major attractions are listed below
The city is flooded with shops that sell these organic products you want to decorate your home with. Also there are shops for those who seek aromatic spices that are only found in Kerala.
Festivals in Alappuzha
Since the Catholic community is large in number, there are several catholic festivals that are celebrated by all.
The annual feasts of Arthunkal Basilica, Edathuva and Thumpoly Church are some festivals the natives never miss. A non-religious communal experience where the whole of Kerala celebrates is “Nehru Trophy Boat Race” held in the Punnamada lake. It is one of those games in which even a blink of an eye would cost you a magical brtath taking moment.
Alleppey fish curry, varutharacha Kozhi curry (Chicken), with steamed Tapioca and Kerala beef fry are some other traditional spicy dishes. For the vegetarians,
Alleppey has to offer snacks like hot banana chips, kurukku kalan, several types of thoran, bonda, vada, various types of dosa, appam, idly, puttu and several other dishes that make you crave for more.
How to reach Alappuzha?
District Profile at a Glance
Population as per 2011 Census
Location & Boundary
Rivers, Lakes & Canals
The Major rivers and lakes are listed below