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Alappuzha is one of the exotic
backwater sites in the state of Kerala. This city of south India is situated
close to the Arabian Sea and is interlocked by a number of canals and
bridges. Alappuzha city is also famous for its Nehru Trophy boat race held
every year. Alappuzha is not only known for its natural beauty but also its
locally made coir products that are of a very superior quality.
The backwater cruises in the exotic houseboats of Alappuzha serve the best
of the cuisines of the state of Kerala.The festivities of the Mullakal
temple in Alappuzha city are highly recommended for the performance of some
of India's finest temple musicians. Besides this, the locally made coir and
carpets of coconut fibers in Alappuzha are great attraction among tourists
these days. There are several places of tourist interest in and around
Alappuzha.Punnamada Kayal is the must-visit place of Alappuzha where the
annual Nehru Trophy boat race takes place. During the month of
August-September, the backwaters become crowded with thousands of spectators
and a large number of competitors come to participate in the famous Nehru
Trophy boat race.
Krishnapuram Temple in south India is a two-storied building in Alappuzha,
which displays the typical Keralan style of architecture. The largest mural
painting, Gajendra Miksham, has been displayed in a museum here. Ambalapuzha
Temple, where Lord Krishna is worshipped, is also an important place to
visit in Alappuzha. Surrounded by thick-green forests, Mannarasala Sree
Nagaraja Temple of Alappuzha is a holy place where the king of serpents is
worshiped. Number of devotees from all over India and abroad visit this
place every year. The Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple of Alappuzha is
believed to have miraculous powers and hence many people who visit Kerala
take a tour to Alappuzha. Kottamkulangara Mahavishnu Temple and Devi Temple
are the oldest temples of Alappuzha city and are sites worth visiting,
especially during the time of festivals.
Kochi, the commercial and industrial
capital, is situated on the west coast of south India in the beautiful state
of Kerala.The state of Kerala, is one of the most prosperous states of south
India, flanked by the Arabian Sea on the western side and the western ghats
on the eastern side. Kochi city is the most important city in Kerala.It is
the second most important city on the western coast of south India.
Kochi is known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea and the Queen of the
Adriatic. It is also referred to as the Gateway of South India.
Kochi is the center for shipping and trade related transactions in the
region. Its prime location on the west coast, its fine bay and protected
harbor makes it popular with seafarers and merchant ships who make frequent
stops to stock up on spices, coffee and wood for export to rich markets of
Europe and West Asia. With time the city of south India has prospered as a
busy port city and commercial center.
Malayalam, the youngest in the Dravidian family, is the official language
of the State of Kerala. While English is widely used in business circles.
Kochi is palm-green commercial town of Kerala and the Kochi city consists
of the mainland Ernakulam, which is one of the modern cities of south India
where shopping market, bazaars etc are located. The Chinese fishing nets
swaying in the breeze over backwaters, the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace,
Portuguese architecture, Boghatty Palace in Kochi enrich the heritage of
The festivals like the Great Elephant Race, Onam, and Thrissur Pooram are
celebrated all over Kerala, but Kochi is known for the Cochin Carnival,
which is celebrated to trace the New Year celebrations.