Places To Visit In Alleppey...
Amongst the many popular places to visit in Alleppey a few popular places are
Rice is the important agricultural product of this region and so it is known as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala'. It is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done below sea level. The boat trip to Changanacherry passes through this beautiful and fertile region. Scenic countryside, glittering waterways and lush farms greet visitors at every turn.
The major occupation in Kuttanad is farming. Crops grown in Kuttanad include rice, bananas, casava and yams.. Seven rivers flowing from Western Ghats forms into a river network and an estuarine system at the low-land of central Kerala to make the Kuttanad wetland. It includes 250 square km Vemband Lagoons, thickly populated 50 villages, and 55000-hector paddy fields
Krishnapuram Palace is one of the finest and rarest examples of a typical Keralite style of architecture, protected monument by the archeological department. It is complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows and contains exhibits that belonged to the Palace and its former occupant, the Travancore Maharaja Marthanda Varma.
Krishnapuram Palace is also famous for a large pond within the palace. It is said that an underground escape route runs from the bottom of the pond as a possible escape from enemies.
The Gajendra Moksham, mural painting in the palace is the largest in Kerala. Literally, the salvation (Moksha) of the elephant king (Gajendra), the theme of the mural is mythological and depicts an elephant saluting Lord Vishnu in devotion while the other gods, goddesses and saints are watching it. It is said that Lord Vishnu was the family deity of the Kayamkulam rajas. This mural was placed at the entrance to the palace from the pond to enable the rajas to worship the deity after their bath.
The famous Kayamkulam Val also can see in the museum. The significance of this weapon is, its both sides are very much sharpened than any other marshal weapons. Believing it was used by Kayamkulam king and it was the special attraction to him.
Other attractions here are the beautifully landscaped garden in the palace compound where you have a variety of flora typical of Kerala, and a newly erected Buddha mandapam, where a recently recovered statue of the Buddha is housed. Other collections at the museum include rare antique bronze sculptures and paintings.
This 11th century black granite statue of Lord Buddha known as Karumadikuttan is the source of many wonderful legends from Keralite history. Just two miles east of town, a visit to this site is worth a quick stop, as the atmosphere is positively magical.
Travencore rajas lived in this magnificent Kanakakkunnu palace dating from the 1800s. The red brick exterior with its gables and pagoda shape can be best experienced after dark when lights turn the palace into a work of art. Crystal chandeliers and ornate furniture will transport you back to the luxurious days of these Keralite kings.
Eddakal caves are located in the Ambukuthis hills. These fascinating caves were formed by a massive split in the side of a cliff. The two natural rock formations that resulted are a repository of well-preserved pictographs dating back to ancient times, and widely considered to be amongst the finest in the world. They can only be accessed by walking half a mile along a trail, ensuring a degree of solitude.
Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple
Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple is very famous in Kerala, as it is believed that the deity of the Bhagawathy temple has miraculous healing powers. The temple is situated in Mavelikkara. This temple has a massive oil lamp made from granite. More than 1,000 wicks can be held in this lamp.
In February and March the temple is teeming with life, as the festival of Bharani takes place during this time. The temple comes alive with activities and grand feasts. The Bharani festival celebrated in the month of Kumbham is quite an event to the people of this locality and neighboring places. This festival celebrated with pomp and gaiety is now been widely known as the Kumbhamela of South. Lakhs of people from different parts of Kerala and abroad visit Chettikulangara to participate in this event.
Highlight of the festival is Kuthiyottam and Kettukazha. Kuthiyottam is performed as an important offering to the deity. This is a ritual dance practiced and perfected through several centuries. It can be witnessed in several houses of Chettikulangara and in neighboring areas. The houses are decorated, and the portrait of the deity is installed in temporary structures. Kuthiyottam starts a week before Bharani day. It is a type of folk dance performed by youths with the support of folk music and other musical instruments.
The event is an offering of the people of Chettikulangara to their beloved deity known for her spontaneous blessings on true devotees as a mark of gratitude, devotion, unflinching faith, and for showering prosperity and protection to their lives. ‘Kettukazhcha’ displays deftly sculpted and decorated forms of ‘ six temple cars known as ‘Kuthiras’, five Therus’ (Chariots ) and icons of Bhima and Hanuman. All the temple cars, chariots and the icons are all incredibly gigantic in size and are many times larger than any other similar Kuthiras and Therus built during the festivities at other temples in the Central Travancore region.
Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple
Mullakkal Temple located in the heart of Alappuzha city, dedicated to the goddess Rajarajeswari. Mullakkal Chirappu is one of the main festival times for Alappuzha people. Devotees throng the temple in large numbers to seek the blessings of the Deity. The major attraction of the temple is its top opened Sreekovil, specially made for Vana Durga. The nine day Navarathri festival is celebrated with all festivities in Alappuzha, particularly the last two days, Mahanavami and Vijayadasami. Another important festival of the temple is 'Thaipooyakavadi'. About fifteen 'Kavadis' take part in the procession of 'Thaipooyakavadi' festival.
There are many stories behind this temple. Some say that the idol seen here was brought by the soldiers of the Thekkumkur king. They were supposed to have kept it in a Jasmine Garden. The idol got permanently fixed at this spot and later a temple was constructed by the king Devanarayana of Chembagasery.
Payasam, Vada, Appam are normally offered to the Goddess as Naivedyam. Uniqueness of this temple is that every first Sunday of December is celebrated as a women's festival. On that Day all functions of the temple are carried out by women only.
It is a beach in the Allepey district of Kerala. Alappuzha Lighthouse stands near the beach which is also a curiosity for tourists. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.
The St. Mary's Church is one of the oldest church in Kerala. It is said to be one of the seven churches established by St.Thomas. The annual feast is held on the 3rd Sunday of October. The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19th.
Pathiramanal meaning sands of night is a 10 acre island on the backwaters and is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below. Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi, Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom.
The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of the island makes Alleppey an ideal location for a perfect honeymoon.
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