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About Alappuzha

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Temples & Religious Places

1. Mullakkal Temple
The temple is also known as Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple, and Mullakkal Bhagwati Temple. The temple is accessible for devotes from all castes and religions.

Positioned on one of the main streets of Alleppey, “Mullakkal theruvu”, Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple is structured in old Kerala architectural style.

Being surrounded by well-maintained wall and a beautiful pond inside, the premises has plenty of trees and jasmine plants (after which the place may have been named, since ‘mullai’ in Tamil and ‘mulla’ in Malayalam mean jasmine).

2. Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built during 15th – 17th AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran.

The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasarthi with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. During the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. It kept safely for 12 years.

3. Chakkulathukavu Temple
Durga is one of the most popular deities in the area. Pilgrims from all over South India visit and worship the Devi.The temple was less known even to the local residents and lay as a family temple of a local resident. This remained until it was renovated a few decades before.

Located on the banks of the holy Pampa River, this temple has attracted pilgrims all over Kerala and became one of the most popular pilgrim centre of the state, thanks to the excellent promotional strategy of the temple management.

4. Kurakkavu Temple
Kurakkavu Devi Temple is located at Krishnapuram. It is in Allappuzha District about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Kayamkulam town. It is famous for offering vettila (betel leaf) to Devi. Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of Kiratha Moorthy.

5. Sree Lakshmi Narasimha temple
Thuravoor thirumala Sree Lakshmi Narasimha temple is one of the famous temples in southern kerala is renowned for its history and glorious past. The Sri Lakshmi Narasimha the presiding diety in this centuries old temple.

The temple is a venue for the famous pallivetta which is held in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May) which is attended by hundreds of devotees from Gowda Saraswat Brahmins (GSB) community members even from far away places. The annual festival with rituals and poojas of eight days becomes resplendent on the seventh day night.


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Crops

Cash Crops like coconut, rubber, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom, areca nut, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon etc. and food crops paddy tapioca etc. gives the agricultural sector of Kerala a distinct flavour. The agro climatic conditions in Kerala suite the cultivation of a variety of seasonal and perennial crops.

Offices & Industries

The economy of the district is based on agriculture and marine products. The agricultural activities predominantly revolve around Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala. Though the district is industrially backward, some traditional industries based on coir and coir products, marine products, handlooms,

different types of handicrafts, toddy tapping have been active from the very early times. The district is known as the traditional home of coir industry in Kerala.

Coir is the most important commodity manufactured in Alappuzha, Kayamkulam, Kokkothamangalam, Komalapuram, Mannancherry, Muhamma and Vayalar, Coir products are available in Cherthala and Mannancherry, Lime shell in Arookutty and Kodamthuruth, Plywood in Chengannur, Keltron controls in Aroor, Potassium Chloride in Mavelikkara and coconut in Thanneermukkom. The other important commodities manufactured in these towns are copra, coconut oil, glass, mats and matches.

In recent times, tourism has become a major source of revenue. This is mainly due to the presence of houseboats that provide the tourists a view of the scenic backwaters of the town. Another reason is the proximity to other popular tourist spots like Munnar and Varkala.


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Schools

Schools
1. LEO XIII English Medium School
Address: Avalookkunnu P.O, Kalath ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688006
Phone: 0477 224 5788
2. Tirumala Devaswom Higher Secondary School

Address: Anantha Narayanapuram, Alappuzha, Kerala 688011
Phone: 0477 223 9738
3. St. Joseph’s Girls Higher Secondary School
Address: Sea View Ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688001
Phone: 0477 224 1107
4. Thiruvampady Higher Secondary School
Address: Chandanakkavu Road, Pazhaveedu, Alappuzha, Kerala 688009
Phone: 0477 223 0043
5. SDV English Medium Higher Secondary School
Address: Sanathanam Ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688001 >
Phone: 0477 226 3446


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Colleges

Colleges-
1. Sanatana Dharma College
Address: Kanyakumari – Panvel Road, Sanathanapuram P. O, Alappuzha, Kerala 688003
Phone: 0477 226 6704
2. St. Joseph’s College for Women
Address: NH 47, Convent Square, Alappuzha, Kerala 688001
Phone: 0477 224 4622

3. Carmel Polytechnic, Punnapra
Address: Salem – Kochi – Kanyakumari Hwy, Punnapra, Alappuzha, Kerala 688004
Phone: 0477 228 7825
4. Carmel College of Engineering and Technology
Address: Punnapra, Alappuzha, Kerala 688004
Phone: 0477 228 7248
5. T. D. Medical College
Address: National Highway 47, Dist Alappuzha, Vandanam, Kerala 688005
Phone: 0477 228 2611

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Festivals

1. Chettikulangara Bharani is the most important festival in Alappuzha district. The festival is one among the important temple festivals of Kerala. A Chettikulagara Bhagavathi Temple, a temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhagavathi is about four kilometers from Mavelikkara.

The festival occurs on the Bharani asterism in February/March. The main rituals of the festival are the ‘Kuthiyottam’ and ‘Kettukazcha’. The ‘Kuthiyottam’ features a procession of young boys who have observed rigorous ritual penance. Traditional drums, music and glittering ornamental parasols accompany this procession of boys who dance in a trance.

2. ‘Chirappu Mahotsavam’ is a big occasion at Mullackal Temple in December. Christmas comes in between the festival and Alappuzha town is a really happening place at the time. The streets are full of wandering markets and entertainment ventures like circuses and exhibitions. The streets are crowded throughout the month and there is a ‘Shiveli’ or the magnificent display of nine Tuskers accompanied by the ‘Chenda’ and the ‘Panchavadyam’ music.

3. Padanilam Sivarathri is another important religious event in Alappuzha district. This festival is held every year in the Padanilam Parabrahma Temple. The temple is situated in the small town of Padanilam. Padanilam is situated ‘about 16 km from Mavelikkara town. This place can also be called the festival Village of Alappuzha because Padanilam witnesses a large number of festivals every year including vrischika mahotsavam and irupathiyetttamonam. Padanilam is a place of religious unity.

4. A grand annual festival is celebrated at the unique Nagaraja Temple in October/November. Another festival celebrated by the temple is a one-day Thaipooyan Kavadi. The famous Chandanakudam is celebrated at the Kidangam-Parampu Temple during December every year. Kottamkulangara Temple in Alappuzha has two festive seasons in February and March, because of the two deities with separate flag masts in the same compound wall.

5. The churches here celebrate grand annual feasts. The ‘Arthunkal Perunnal’ feast is celebrated at the Arthunkal Church. The famous regatta forms part of many festivals here in many places. The annual Vallam Kali (Nehru Trophy Boat Race) is held in the backwaters in the month of September associated with the Onam festival.

The main attraction is the Chundan Vallam (Snake Boat) race, in which a number of contestants are in the running for the famous Prime Minister’s trophy. Another important celebration in Alappuzha is the “Beach Festival”, held from December 30 to January 2. The annual festival conducted in Champakulam “Valiya Palli” is another big festival.


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Places Around

1. Vembanad
Several groups of small islands including Vypin, Mulavukad, Vallarpadam, Willingdon Island are located in the Kochi Lake portion. Kochi Port is built around the Willingdon Island, and the Vallarpadam island.

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted in a portion of the lake. High levels of pollution have been noticed at certain hotspots of the Vembanad backwaters. Government of India has identified the Vembanad wetland under National Wetlands Conservation Programme.

2. Alappuzha Beach
Alappuzha beach is one of the major tourist spot in Alappuzha town. Alappuzha lighthouse situated near to the beach. Beach is accessible through various town roads and an elevated highway will passing by the beach as part of Alappuzha bypass in order to preserve the beauty of the area. Camel safaris was another attraction in beach which introduced a couple of years ago but it got banned by authorities.

3. Pathiramanal
Pathiramanalis a small island in Muhamma panchayat of Alappuzha district and border of Kottayam district also . The name Pathiramanal means ‘sands of night’. The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of the island is mind blowing. It is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world.

4. Krishnapuram Palace
The palace is maintained by the Kerala State Department of Archaeology and contains exhibits that belonged to the Palace and its former occupant, the Travancore Maharaja Marthanda Varma. It is also famous for a large pond within the palace complex. It is also said that an underground escape route runs from the bottom of the pond as a possible escape route from enemies.

5. International Coir Museum
It is a museum featuring exhibits on the history of the coir industry, plus unique coir-made objects.


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Transportation
Rail

Alappuzha is linked by Ernakulam–Kayamkulam coastal railway line and connects to cities like Trivandrum, Quilon (Kollam), Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi, Bokaro and Mumbai.

The railway station is about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the heart of the city. A total of four trains originate from Alappuzha to cities like Kannur, Chennai, Dhanbad and Tatanagar. There are a lot of local trains running throughout the day, which connect Alappuzha to other towns near by.
Since Alappuzha is a prime destination, trains from important cities like Banglore, Mangalore, Kozhikode and Amritsar pass through this station.

Air

Cochin International Airport, which is 78 kilometres (48 mi) to the North, is the closest airport. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, 159 kilometres (99 mi) to the South, is the other airport that links the district with other countries. International tourists use these airports to reach Alappuzha. The other nearest airports are located at Kozhikode (236 kilometres (147 mi)) and Coimbatore (254 kilometres (158 mi)). A helipad in the town is reserved for government uses.

Major Roads

National Highway 66 (India) is one of the longest national highway in India. It connects Panvel to Kanyakumari and criss-crosses through Alappuzha town. National Highway 66 (India) connects Alappuzha town to other major cities like Mumbai, Udupi, Mangalore, Kannur, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Kollam, and Trivandrum. There is a plan to upgrade State Highway 11 (Kerala) to national highway to help connect Alappuzha to Kodaikanal as part of promoting coastal-hill tourism project.


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Facts

1. Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India, called it the Venice of the East.
2. Kuttanad is also called the Rice Bowl of Kerala.
3. It has trade history with the Greeks and the Portuguese.
4. It is believed that Pandavs visited here while their exile and stayed for a couple of months.
5. Alleppey is the seventh largest city in Kerala . The total population of this place is 174,164.

This is the third largest districts in India which has the highest literacy rate. Not only that, the Centre for Science and Environment rated this place in 2016 as the second most cleanest city in India.
6. The name Alappuzha means the land located in between the sea and the stream of rivers flowing into it. It’s clear that the place was named after it’s geographical features. The district comprises of total six taluks. This includes Ambalappuzha, Karthikappally, Cherthala, Mavelikkara, and Chengannur.
7. Do you know that the first telegraph office of the former Princely state of Travancore was established in Alappuzha? In 1859, the first coir manufacturing unit was also established here.

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Important Contacts Nos.

Police Control Room- 100
Fire Brigade- 101
Ambulance- 102

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