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The Punnamada Kayal is a must-visit place in Alappuzha where the annual Nehru Trophy boat race takes place. During the month of August-September, the backwaters become crowded with thousands of spectators from far and wide, and a large number of competitors who come to participate in the famous Nehru Trophy boat race. The long boats called chundan vallams, designed to resemble snakes, accommodate hundreds of enthusiastic rowers, all racing for a finish. The energy, coordination, and the feeling of getting ahead in the competition make this game quite engrossing.
Krishnapuram Temple, the two-storied building, displays the typical Kerala style of architecture. The largest mural painting depicting the puranic tale of Gajendra Moksham wherein the Lord comes to the rescue of His ardent devotee, is displayed in a museum here.
Ambalapuzha Temple, where the all attractive Lord Krishna is worshipped, is also an important place to visit. Here one can see the typical temple architecture and culture of Kerala along with a chance to taste the Kerala delicacy, Palpayasam, which is served to the visitors during the festival times of March/April.St. Andrews Church, established by the Portuguese missionaries, celebrates the feast of St. Sebastian in a fun-filled, festive way.Situated in the heart of the town, Mullackal Temple, dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeswari, is also a place worth visiting.
Surrounded by thick-green forests, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is a holy place where the king of serpents is worshiped, especially by those wishing to have children.A large number of devotees from all over the country visit this place every year.The Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple is believed to have miraculous powers and hence visited by a number of pilgrims every year.
Alappuzha is also known to serve a variety of lip smacking sea foods including prawns, lobsters, oysters etc which are available as karimeen pollichathu, neymeen varuthathu, and chemmeen curry which are deliciously devoured by the foreigners.
For further information on the Venice of the east, log on to alappuzha.com
For interesting information on Nehru Trophy boat race, visit nehrutrophy.com
For more details on Aleppey backwaters, click backwater kerala
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