Online reservations for hiring houseboats for trips/ rides in the backwaters of alappuzha a.k.a alleppey, vembanad lake, punnamada lake and kumarakom in kottayam district of Kerala state. Alappuzha or Alleppey district in the southern most state of kerala in India is a sandy strip of land with Arabian Sea to its west has a number of lagoons and an array of rivers , canals ,backwaters and lakes which is ideal for a boat cruise. Alappuzha district was formed on 17 th August 1957. Alappuzha district (see map)is celebrating its Golden Jubilee (50 years) of formation..
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He has penned about 2300 songs for over 238 malayalam films. Has also wrote drama songs for the famous drama company K P A C.
He is considered a legend in the field of malayalam film song writing in Kerala.
He has produced a number of hit songs with music directors like Devarajan. Other well known personalities in the field of art are sreekumaran thampi, kavalam narayana panicker,dakshinamurthy, m g sreekumar, balachandra menon., vayalar sarath chandra varma
Snake Boat race is stated to be the sport event having the highest number of members in a single team. Usually, a snake boat is manned by four helmsmen, 25 cheerers /singers and 100-125 oarsmen, who row in unison to the fast rhythm of `vanchipattu'or boatmen's song....
Thakazhi Sivasankaran Pillai, (1912-1999) is a novelist and short story writer in Malayalam. Has written about 35 novels and 600 short stories.His famous works are Chemeen and Kayar. He won the highest literary award instituted by the Indian goverment, the Gyanpith.
. Alappuzha kollam boat trip resumes operation
. See kuttanad boat cruise
. Thiruvandoor elephant festival may 18th 19th 2015
. International Museum Day
..Ride in a country boat (vanji)similar to Gondola, in the canals of the Venice of the East
.See the largest mural painting in Kerala.
Snake boat races
Champakulam Moolam Boat race
.Taste the local delicacy Karimeen (pearl spot ) fish.
.Alappuzha/ alleppey a leading cinema / movie shooting location in India
. Ride a houseboat in the backwaters and lakes of Alleppey
.Visit a ramsar convention wetland site
.Birding / bird watching
. Pancha Pandava temples, mahavishnu temples, consecrated by Pandavas
. Raja Keshavdas the architect of alappuzha
.Photography: Better Photography, a leading photography magazine has selected Alappuzha as one of the top 10 destinations for landscape photography in India
.Ambalapuzha sree krishna temple well known for world famous ambalapuzha palpayasam
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The local language spoken here is Malayalam the mother tongue of the people of Kerala known as keralites or Malayalees
The vembanad lake covering an area of 204 sq kms stretches from Alappuzha to kochi and the Kayamkulam lake covers an area of 59.57 sq kms and extends into Alappuzha and Kollam. The backwater country has been an important trading and commercial center since time immemorial. Today Alappuzha/ Alleppey is well known for its boat races, beaches, marine products,coir, backwaters, house boats, coir and carpet industry and also called the venice of the east..
In the sixth annual international survey of destination stewardship conducted by the National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations the results of which appeared in the Nov 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveller magazine, The Backwaters of Kerala has a score of 60 and has been ranked 23 rd in the list of 133 destinations, incidently the Taj had a score of 52
Alappuzha/alleppey district is surrounded by Ernakulam district towards the north, Kollam district towards the south and Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts towards the east