St Andrews Church Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple Karumadi
Houseboats Pathiramannal Ambalapuzha Temple Festival Alleppey Beach
Krishnapuram Palace Pandav        

St Andrews Church

St Andrews Church, was started to be built in 1864, and was completed in 1866. This Scottish Presbyterian Church was originally built for the use of Scottish officers, their families, and a few other laymen. This congregation has a long history as well as a well deserved reputation of serving the community. In1881, an impressive pipe organ was installed. The quality of the music that can be played using this instrument is remarkable. In 1891, a clock tower was added to the church. It is possible to visit this historic building that is in the area close to Alleppey.

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race, Punnamada Lake near Alleppey is host to the spectacular snake boat races that are annually held on the second Saturday of August. This competition is named after India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The story goes that when Nehru say his first boat race, he got so into the competition that he jumped right into the boat that won the race, so the event became named the Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race. Each and every 50 meter long wooden snake boat that is in the race is manned by over a hundred oarsmen. Such man power allows these boats to travel at remarkable speeds. The event traditionally commemorates the carrying of idols to their abodes in the state's magnificent temples. The trophy is a silver snake boat mounted on a wooden pedestal.

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

rai ranchodjiAmbalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple Located just 14 kilometers away from Alleppey is the Amabalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple. This temple is one of the few temples in Kerala that have survived time. Sri. Devanarayan, the ruler of Chempakasherri built sometime during 15-17 AD. Later on, the city of Chembakasherri came to be known as Amabalapuzha which was then even later changed to Alleppey. Architecturally speaking, the Amabalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple was built in the style that is typically seen in the state of Kerala. This temple is particularly famous throughout Kerala for Palpayasam, a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered to the deity also called Dwaraka of South. It is Dwaraka of the South that this temple is dedicated to.


Karumadi, Only three kilometers east of Alleppey is the village of Karumadi. There is a large black granite statue there that is very famous. This sculpture is known as the Karumadi Kuttan. This statue is a left over remnant from the days that the Buddha religion was very popular in the region. Historians say that this black Buddha was carved in either the 9th or 10th century. Nowadays, Hindu is the more popular religion to belong to, but that does not change the beauty of this Buddha statue. The fact that it is made from black quartz makes it even more unusual, since quartz is normally associated with a gray color.


rai ranchodjiHouseboats, A boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey is one popular way to experience the entire area, after all, Kerala's network of navigable backwaters covers an amazing 900 kilometers. Honeymooners especially are drawn to the peaceful atmosphere of the waterways. A backwater cruise on a houseboat allows you to see the scenic manmade islands and beautiful sights of coconut and paddy fields. You will want to book a houseboat in advance since they are always in high demand. These giant 80-foot long houseboats are altered traditional boats from the area. These houseboats are luxuriously equipped with all of the modern amenities you would need or even want. There are single-bedroom or even four or five-bedroom houseboats available, with living rooms, bathrooms, an equipped kitchenette, and even air-conditioning. You do not have to maneuver your own houseboat. You get a crew of a cook and a bearer along with two oarsmen to drive your way.


Pathiramannal, Pathiramannal is a small island found in the Vembanad Lake near Alleppey. This magnificent location can only be traveled to on a boat. Its remote location adds to the intrigue for those that especially love to explore. Birdwatchers love to travel to this breathtaking location is hundreds of rare migratory birds like to gather there. It is possible to see such birds as golden-backed woodpeckers, night herons, kingfishers, paradise fly-catchers, egrets, bulbuls, shrikes, morning doves, crow pheasants, and drongos. A visit to this remarkable location will be memorable for the rest of your life.

Ambalapuzha Temple Festival

rai ranchodjiAmbalapuzha Temple Festival, was established during the fifteenth century A.D. At this time, a part of the Travancore, was ruled by the Chembakassery Devanarayana Dynasty. The rulers of this dynasty were highly religious and decided that an idol of Lord Krishna was to be brought to the Amabalapuzha Sree Krishna Swamy Temple from the Karinkulam temple. The celebration in commemoration of the bringing of this idol of Lord Krishna is the origin of the Amabalapuzha Temple Festival, also referred to as the Chambakulam Moolam water festival. This festival is conducted every year on the Moolam day of the Mithunam month of the Malayalam era.

Alleppey Beach

Alleppey Beach, is also frequently referred to as Alappuzha Beach. There is an old character-filled pier located here that is over 137 years old. Alleppey Beach is one of the most popular beaches of the state of Kerala. One thing that draws people to this beach is the facilities at Vijaya Beach Park. The Alleppey beach has the Arabian Sea to the west as well as a large network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers nearby. The beautiful sand contrasts nicely with the color of the water, to make for a truly relaxing atmosphere. Picnicking at the beach is one of the most popular activities to participate in there.

Krishnapuram Palace

rai ranchodjiKrishnapuram Palace, was built during the reign of Marthanda Varma, a Travancore king. This 18th century building was built with two-stories and was created with the traditional Kerala architectural features which include gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors. This particular palace is especially famous for its mural paintings as well as its architecture. One of the biggest mural paintings in all of Kerala is located here. This mural is called Gajendra Moksham, which when translated means The redemption of the elephant. A museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes is also found there at the palace.

Pandavan Rock

rai ranchodjiPandavan Rock, gets its name from the Pandavas of Mahabharata who stayed in a cave here during the time of their exile. Pandavan Para, also known as the Rock of the Pandavas is an ideal picnic spot. It takes walking to get to this location, but it is not a hard climb. Most people that are in good health can easily manage the climb. There are several vantage points with terrific views along the trail. The panoramic view that can be seen when you reach the rocky outcrop at the top is exceptional.