Alleppey district formed on August 17, 1957. The name of Alleppey changes to Alappuzha in 1990. It is popular for backwaters and coir industries. Alappuzha is also famous about its natural beauty which attracts lots of tourist people. It takes an important role in the area of tourism, especially in backwater tourism. It is said that Alappuzha has trade relation with ancient Rome and Greece in B.C and Middle ages. Kuttanadu the rice bowl of Kerala, located in Alappuzha district. The rulers of Chera dynasty had their home in Kuttanad, called as kuttuvans. The district with total areas of 1414 sq km is without any mountains or hills
Alappuzha takes the boarder of the Arabian Sea and large number of rivers flowing into it. Lord Curzon made a visit to Alleppy. He was very much impressed by the beauty of Alappuzha. He called it as the Venice of the east. In the second half of the 18th century Diwan Rajakesavadas made certain rules and regulations to set the town in a better way. Cherthala, Ambalapuzha, Kuttanad, Karthikappllly, Chengannur and Mavelikkara are the exisiting taluks in Alappuzha district
Kuttanad was the famous town, even from the Sangam age. Cheras resided in Kuttnadu as called as Kuttuvans. Monuments and stone inscriptions on temples and caves reveal the history of earlier periods. The famous book "Unninili Sandesam" gives more details about that period. Pliny and Ptolemy were the famous travelers of the first and second centuries they have mentioned about Purakkad or Barace in their writings. Christianity emerged during the first century by the arrivals of St.Thomas. The famous church in Kokkamangalam or Kokkothamangalam is built by St.Thomas who is one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. The second Chera Empire changed the face of Alappuzha in the area of religion and culture. Ascharya Choodamani happened during the period which was written by Sakthibhadra who was a scholar of Chengannur gramam.
16 the century paved way to western rule in India. The Portuguese came to take the rule over in Alappuzha district by conquering native principalities Moothedath and Iledath. Christianity started to increase in nature by building so many Churches in the district. Purakkad and Arthugal are the famous churches among them.
17th century Dutch dominates the power of the Portuguese. They made warehouses and factories in various areas for storing Cardamom pepper, ginger, etc. later they started include in political and cultural affairs of those prinicipalties. In this situation Maharaja Marthandavarma came in to the rule. He set back Dutch people. Marthandavarma made a significant role to the development of Mavelikkara as an administrative and commercial centre. The Krishnapuram palace made during this time. Kunjan Nambiar emerged as
Total Area: Alappuzha cover 1414 square Kilometer.
Which cover the 3.64 % Kerala state.
Literacy Rate: 93.4%
Work Participation rate: 34.3 % of the state.
North Latitudes – 9 ° 05° and 9°54'
East Longitudes - 76°14'30"and 76°40;
Boundaries of Alappuzha District
North –Ernankulam district
West- Arabian Sea
Alapuzha is sandy strip land of lagoons, rivers and canals. The district is out of mountains and hills, but there are scattered hillocks between Bharanikkavu and Chengannur in the eastern part of the district. We can't find forest areas in the district.
It is having slightly cool and dry in the interior of the district but it is most and slightly in the coast areas. 25° C is the average temperature of the Alappuzha. The average rainfall in the Alappuzha district is 2763 mm.
Snake boat races are the most important and famous cultural program in Alappuzha. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the famous boat race happens in punnamada Lake during Onam season which is the festival of Kerala. Previously it was known as the president trophy when Nehru came to visit the match.
Nothing made, but everything was there to attract the people .It is natural beauty; we can find Divine creation that is why it is called as the Venice of the east. It is having unique features of backwater tourism to enjoy the beauty of the nature. There are lots of house boats to give enjoyment for the tourist people.
It is an island located in Alappuzha district. It will offer you vision of different kinds of migrating birds.
The historical statue to revel the history of Buddha presents in the soil of Venice of the east.
It is resting, place of Mahakavi Kumaranasan who is one of the greatest poets of modern Kerala..
It is located in Mavelikkara. Saradha Mandiram is the home of a great poet and grammarian of Malayalam language, A.R Rajaraja Varma
A historical wonders made by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma in the 18th century. It will tell you the pride history of Alappuzha.
Alappuzha is more than backwater tourism. It is also having attractive beach locations to add its list of unique features.
It is called as "Keralathinte Nellara" in malayam means rise bowel of Kerala. It is the main center of rice cultivation in Kerala. You can see lot of paddy fields in Kuttandadu. But now, rice fields are using for other crops due to expense, labor shortage etc. It is the home place of literary legend Thakazhi Sivasankara Pilla
The 'Arthunkal Perunnal' is one of the famous and important festival in Alappuzha. Thousands of people come for the fest. And there will be beach festival from December 30 to January 2 in every year.
Chettikulagara Bharani is one of the famous festivals in Alappuzha district. It occurs in the month of February/March. 'Kuthiyottam' and 'Kettukazcha' are the main rituals of the festival. Mullackal Temple witness the big occasion of 'Chirappu Mahotsavam', in Alappuzha.