Alappuzha known as Venice of the East , have a long historical background and strong tourism basement. This beautiful place has caught the minds of tourists, now a days it offers backwater holidays, boat races , home stays etc.
if anyone came to see alappuzha , wiil not return without seeing Alappuzha beach. Here you can enjoy the panoramic view of promontory pier. Another attraction is an old light house, which also fascinating the visitors. Not only the sight sceneries but also you can experience the enjoyment of sea swim and sun bath .
No one forgot house boat journey while visiting Alappuzha. House boats in Alappuzha have the same architecture of old Kettuvalloms. Most of the tourists , mentioning about their remarkable experience on house boat , in their tour reviews.
Paddy harvesting is an interesting and wonderful scenery from the kuttanadu. Kuttanad is the only region in kerala where the paddy cultivation take place at low lying areas ,that is the paddy fields are located below than that of sea level.
The harvesting of paddy is very much interesting . A group of people collecting paddy from the field , with a folk song . The prime attractions in kuttanad is its paddy fields. It attracts thousands of tourists to god’s own country.
One of the remarkable event in life of tourists in India even those on the lowest of budgets is the opportunity to take a boat journey on the kerala’s backwaters. Kuttanad is about 75 km away from kollam . it is located in between the sea and mountains. This place have number of water ways, canals,beautiful rivers, lakes , and paddy fields. The eye catching sceneries are change from beautiful waterways and enchanting greenaries to vistas and dazzling green paddy fields. Farms, homes, churches, mosques ,temples are glimpsed among trees. Pallas fishing eagles fly over the water looking for prey and cormorants perch on logs to dry their wet wings. If your are so lucky enough to be in a boat without a motor , at times the only the music of birds and occasional movies songs drifting across from the shores . Some peoples are live on pockets of land with just one room for a simple house, yard and boat. They wash their cloths and bath certainly their baffalos too, muddy from ploughing the fields at the water’s edge. Kettuvallom , the traditional keralian long boats glide along , derived by gondolier with poles and sails , with the water often lapping perilously close to the edge. Fisherman catch fishes with their boats and Chinese nets on the shore.
Every year kerala’s backwater host the world’s largest team sport event, when scores of stream lines chundan valloms, these vallams are known by the name snake boats, these are run across the waters at impressive speeds, cheered on by an exuberant audience , in a snake boats are governed by four helmsmen , 25 singers, and 100 rowing in unison to the terrific music of the vanchipattu, or ‘ boatman’s songs’. The oldest and most popular event is the champakulam moolam boat race, held in monsoon season, the world famous Nehru trophy baot race held on the second Saturday of august . which is held at the punnamada backwater of alleppy , during onam festival season. About 16 chundan vallams are participating in this boat race which attracts thousands of tourists. The tickets for watching this boat race available from district tourism promotion council office .
Snake boat race context are held in number of places in kerala. but the famous boat races in alappuzha are held during onam festival season. The best known boat race is Nehru trophy boat race. The snake boat race in alppuzha have become a major attraction for foreign tourists. Jawaharlal Nehru the former prime minister of India gave the Nehru trophy to peoples in alappuzha in the year 1952. at the time of Nehru arrival , the peoples in alappuzha gave a grant welcome to him by the race of snake boat. After enjoying the beautiful race , he suggested the idea of annual boat race, and he donated a trophy for the winners of boat race. Enjoy your tour in kerala and see the snake boat race with full of happy and joy.