A ‘Venetian’ beauty in contradictions.

2 Posted by - March 1, 2015 - Overview

Large Blog ImageALLEPPY (ALAPPUZHA)

Kerala

Flanked by the Vembanad Lake that witnesses the magnificent union of six major rivers, is Alleppy. Most unique to this town is an interweaving network of canals that is spread across its center. Country boats float along leisurely, under suitable arches formed by trees. Tranquil lagoons, lakes and canals are beautifully juxtaposed against the shores bustling with glimpses from day to day country life: from women washing clothes to men fishing with rods made from bamboo shoots.

While the town in itself is small and chaotic, treading closer to the backwaters one enters a completely different world- the watery world of villages, canoes, toddy shops and houseboats. A recent addition to the tourism of Kerela, the houseboats offer an exhilarating experience of cruising along the emerald waterways and add to the Venetian charm.

Nickname: Venice of the East

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Seafood is found in abundance here and is a local speciality. Prawns, squids and shrimps are cooked in different styles and there’s a hint of coconut in most of the dishes. The staple diet here is fish and rice cooked in coconut oil Dishes like Tapioca with fish curry is quite famous in this area.

The literacy rate of Alleppy stands high at 96.26% The population is predominantly Hindy and Christian, and there are sizeable numbers of Muslims, too.

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple Secretbeach, Marari Beach, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Alappuzha Beach, St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal

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