(ആലപ്പുഴ), also known as Alleppey
, is a town in Alappuzha District
state of southern India
. A town with picturesque canals
, and lagoons
, it was described as the List of places known as Venice of the East
by Lord Curzon
. It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District
. Alleppey has a wonderful past. Though the present town owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas
in the second half of 18th century, district of Alappuzha figures in classical Literature. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms , was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in B.C and in the Middle Ages, as well as with other parts of India. Alappuzha has a lighthouse
, which is a major tourist attraction.
As of 2001
, Alappuzha had a population of 177,079. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Alappuzha has an average literacy rate of 84%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 49% of the males and 51% of females literate. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Commerce and Tourism
Alleppey/ Alappuzha is the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer duration to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bed rooms and attached bath rooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kuttanad style. The leisurely cruises show a microcosm of life on the water side with breath taking views of the water, land, birds and human habitations. Alappuzha is a centre for coir industries. The unique distinction of Alappuzha is that, it is the only district in Kerala without forest.
The Poomkavu Church is situated in the out-skirts of Alappuzha, and is a famous destination for Christian Pilgrims. Other Famous religious destinations are
1. Mullackal Raja Rajeshwari Temple
2. Mannarasala Temple
4. Champakulam Church
5. Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
6. Edathua Church
7. Salafi Juma Masjid Mosque
8. Kottamkulangara Vishnu and Devi Temple
9. Kalarcode Major Mahadeva Temple
10. Pathiyamkulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple
11. Pazhveedu SreeKrishna Swami Temple
Snake boat races are the most significant traditional event in Alappuzha. These spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat race are the Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Champakulam Moolam Boat Race.
district has a proud educational history. The district have more than ten Arts and Science Colleges,One Medical college (T.D. Medical College) in government sector, Engineering colleges and Polytechnics.The first Higher secondary school in Alleppey was Leo X11th Higher Secondary School(Formerly known as Leo X11th English Medium High School)started at the lag end of 18th century ie,1888. University Institute of Technology (U I T)
and Sanathana Dharma College (S D College)
are the institution for common people to study under Kerala University
Social and Cultural Institutions
District of Alappuzha is the place where the Kerala State Library Council was born on September 14 1945
. The council formed in a meeting of all Libraries of Travancore conducted at P.K Memorial Library Ambalappuzha. The library council in Alappuzha district is the cultural energy source of the district conducting wide variety of socio-cultural programs in the district. In the case of computer education
Our Library : First village library having website and internet magazine in Kerala.www.our-library.org.
Places in Alappuzha
Our Library : First village library having website and internet magazine in Kerala.www.our-library.org
AIR AM/MW Relay station
Alappuzha - 576 kHz
Following are the other radio stations available in Alleppey:
♦ FM Rainbow + Vividh Bharti(Cochin-02) @ 107.5 MHz
♦ Anathapuri FM (Trivandrum-01) @ 101.9 MHz
♦ Cochin-01 FM @ 102.3 MHz
♦ Devikulam FM @ 101.4 MHz
♦ Radio City (Coimbatore) @ 91.1 MHz
♦ Asianet Best FM (Kannur) @ 95.0 MHz
♦ Radio Mango (Manorama; Kannur) @ 91.9 MHz
- In order to get all the stations, you need a properly earthed antenna so as to avoid the interference.
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