the town with the same name, see 'Alappuzha.
Alappuzha is one of the 14
districts in the state of Kerala
Alappuzha district and town in
was formed as Alleppey District
on August 17,
1957. The name of the district was officially changed to Alappuzha
in 1990. The district is a widely known tourist destination, and is
well-known for its coir
factories. Most of
Kerala's coir industries are situated in and around Alappuzha. The
district is also known for its communist
traditions. It is home to the Punnapra Vayalar strikes
against the British and also the
revolt against feudal raj. Alappuzha is strongly connected by
waterways to various other parts of Kerala, including the famous
tourist destination, Kumarakom.
It has the highest population
among all districts of the state. It is 29.46%
For administrative purposes, the district is divided into two
revenue divisions viz
panchayats in the district are Arookutty, Aroor, Aryad, Chennam
South, Ezhupunna, Kadakkarappally, Kanjikkuzhi, Mannanchery, Mararikulam
South, Kodamthuruth, Kuthiathode, Muhamma, Thaikattussery, Thanneermukkom, Thuravoor,
Panavally, Pattanakkad, Perumbalam, and Vayalar.
Alappuzha, the district headquarters, is a town with
picturesque canals, backwaters and lagoons, was described as the "Venice of the East" by
Snake boat races
- Alappuzha division comprising Cherthala, Ambalapuzha and Kuttanad taluks with 47
- Chengannur division comprising Karthikapally,
Chengannur and Mavelikkara taluks with 44 villages.
most significant traditional event in Alleppey. These spectacular
are usually held between August and
October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen.
The most famous snake boat race is the Nehru Trophy
was filmed in two villages in
Alappuzha. In the opening credits, a written statement in Malayalam
thanks the people of both
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||2,109,160 - 6.61% of the population of the state (2001)
||1050 females/1000 males
The church located at Kokkamangalam
Kokkothamangalam was one of the seven churches founded by
St.Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ
. Another church in Edathua
attracts thousands across the country. St. George Ferona church is
believed to be a centre for so many miracles.
The picturesque CSI Christ Church in Alappuzha town was built in
1818 by the first CMS (Church
) missionary to the erstwhile state of
, Rev. Thomas Norton. It was
the first Anglican Church
to be established in Travancore
Alappuzha is one of the most important tourist centres in the
state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the
sobriquet "Venice of the east". These large network of canals
provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alappuzha was one of the busiest
centres of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along
the Malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre
carpet industries and prawn farming.
the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits
to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race
which is an annual event.
Alappuzha is also known for its spectacular snake - boat races held
on the second Saturday of August, every year. This competition -
the Nehru boat race takes its name from India's first prime
minister Jawaharlal Nehru
inaugurated in 1952. It is excitement all around as snake - boats,
each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like
wind. The event is a tremendous success with tourists and the local
The boat cruise along the backwaters of Alappuzha give one first
hand experience of the life style; toddy tapping, fishing for small
fry, Coir-making, prawn farming etc., which remains more or less
unchanged over the years.
or Kuttanadu is an area of
Alappuzha District, densely covered with waterways. Kuttanad is
famous because of its paddy fields
farmers dedicated to the growth of paddy. It was once called the
"Keralathinte Nellara", which means "rice bowl of Kerala". Many
factors such as expense, labour shortage etc. seriously affected
the agriculture in this region. Many former rice fields are now
used for other crops which require much lesser investment.
Kuttanadu is the birth place of literary legend Thakazhi Sivasankara
The biggest college in Alappuzha is Sanathana Dharma College;
popularly known as S.D College
St. Joseph's College
exclusive college for girls; it is run by the Canossian Sisters.
The Carmel Polytechnic
at Punnapra has been instrumental in the formation of
thousands of technicians during the past 50 years; Rev. Fr. Gilbert, C.M.I.
was its founder.
The Carmel International
at Punnapra is a recent addition to the educational map
of Alappuzha; Rev.
Fr. Cyriac Thundiyil, C.M.I.
is the present principal of this school.
A grand annual festival is celebrated at the unique 'Nagaraja
Temple' here in October/November. 'Chirappu Mahotsavam' is a big
occasion at Mullackal Temple in December. Another festival
celebrated by the temple is a one-day Thaipooyan Kavadi
. The famous Chandanakudam is celebrated at the
Kidangam-Parampu Temple during December every year. Kottamkulangara
Temple in Alappuzha have two festive seasons in February and March,
because of two deities with separate flag masts in same compound
The churches here celebrate grand annual feasts, an occasion to
regale and rejoice. The 'Arthunkal Perunnal' is celebrated at the
Arthunkal Church. The famous regatta forms part of many festivals
here at many places. Annual Vallam Kali
(Nehru Trophy Boat Race
held in the backwaters
in the month of
September associated with the Onam
The main attraction is the Chundan
(Snake Boat) race, in which a number of contestants are
in the run for the famous Prime Minister's trophy, a trophy donated
by Jawaharlal Nehru
, the first
Prime Minister of India. Another important celebration in Alappuzha
is "Beach Festival" held from December 30 to January 2.
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