Alappuzha

Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons. Alappuzha Beach is the site of the 19th-century Alappuzha Lighthouse. The city's Mullakkal Temple features a traditional design. Punnamada Lake's snake boat races are a well-known annual event.

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Alappuzha Lighthouse
Within Alappuzha city limits
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Built in 1862 to provide directions for ships and local fishermen, the Alappuzha Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses on the south-west coast of the country. Located near the Sea Bridge and at the distance of 4 km and a mere a 1. 5 kms away from the Alappuzha Railway Station, one can swing by this place on your way to the city. The view of the ocean waves from the top is absolutely breathtaking.

The place where this candy stripe lighthouse stands, used to be the busiest ports and trade centres of Kerala. Having celebrated its 150th birthday on 25 March 2018, this sight is...

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Allepey Beach
Within Alappuzha city limits
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Alappuzha Beach or the Aleppey Beach is one of the most exotic beach destinations in India. The beautiful and calm charms of Alappuzha have attracted visitors since time immemorial as the place has almost everything to delight the heart of a traveler.

There is an old pier at the beach, which extends right into the sea and is said to be about 137 years old. Also, there is an old lighthouse which shows Alappuzha's long unwinding connection with sea. Beach is accessible through various town roads and an elevated highway will passing by the beach as part of Alappuzha bypass in order to...

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Alleppey Backwaters
Within Alappuzha city limits
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The Alleppey backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. Referred to as the 'Venice of the East' Alleppey backwaters certainly prove their charm.

The peaceful and picturesque palm-lined network of lagoons, lakes, rivers, and canals that run inland from the coast of Kerala, are the perfect way to unwind and relax. Visitors can hire a houseboat 'Kettuvallam' and spend the night in the backwaters and eat the delectable preparation of the freshly caught fish. The lush gre...

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The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built during 15th – 17th AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran. The temple is located at a distance of 15 kms from Alappuzha.

The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasarthi with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. During the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. It kept safely...

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Andhakaranazhi Beach
33.6 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Located at a distance of 33. 6 Kms from Alappuzha, the Andhakaranazhi Beach is only surrounded by the Arabian Sea on its three sides and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.

Andhakaranazhi Beach is a kind of an island beach which is connected to the city from one end, an over-bridge lands the tourists at the grand gated entrance of the beach. It seems to be a carved-out piece of sand land made in between the Arabian Sea, the three sides of the beach island faces gazes into the Arabian Sea and the fourth sides looks upon the dense and lush coconut tree grow...

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Aranmula
53 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Aranmula, which is a renowned temple town in Kerala falls around 53 Kms from Alappuzha. The town has a rich cultural diversity and brings a variety of indulgements in every aspect. Visiting the town one can expect a scene of vivid celebration during festivals and other important dates.

Situated on the banks of the river Pampa, Aranmula is a unique village town with loads of rituals and celebrations around the festive season. The renowned temple town often attracts a large number of tourists during its annual festival celebration. Aranmula is enlisted as one of the heritage sites by...

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Champakulam Kalloorkadu Marth Maryam (St. Mary's) Basilica is a historic Christian Church in Kerala. It belongs to the Syro-Malabar Church under the Archeparchy of Changanacherry. It is a Forane church, with several Parishes under it. The church is at a distance of 4km from the city centre of Alappuzha. Buses and Rickshaws ply regularly.

Champakulam Kalloorkadu Marth Maryam Basilica (also called Champakulam Valia Palli) is one of the oldest Christian churches in India and the mother church of almost all Catholic Syrian churches in Alleppey District. It is the first one under the chur...

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The Bay Island Driftwood Museum located at a distance of 33 Kms from Alapuzzha. A one of a kind museum showcases sculptures made out of driftwood or the washed up roots from the cyclones in the Bay of Bengal, mostly from the Andaman and Nicobar region.

The Bay Island Driftwood Museum, situated in the Kumarakom village in Kottayam is registered in the Limca Book of World Record as the only place in the whole of the country to display a distinctive art form. The museum showcases very high artistic worth of sculptures made of the most superior quality and a rare art form, all this mad...

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Bhagawathy Temple, Chettikulangara
43 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Bhagawathy Temple is among the most popular birds watching spot in the country. It is located at a distance of 43 kms from Alappuzha. Buses and taxies are available outside the station and one can also opt for renting a personal vehicle on per day basis.

Bhagavathi Temple in Chettikulangara is a 1200 years old temple believed to have been established by Lord Parashurama. This temple is the second highest revenue earner in Kerala, next to Sabarimala. It is situated near Mavelikara. The presiding deity is Jagadambika of Chettikulangara, the Goddess of Oodanadu. This temple is now und...

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Chakkulathukavu Temple, Alleppy
30 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Located at a distance of around 30 Kms from the town of Alappuzha, the Chakkulathukavu Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga, the story of the temple dates back to more than 3000 years back which in turn makes this holy establishment immensely popular among the worshippers and devotees of the Goddess.

Built around the banks of the river Pampa, the Chakkulathukavu Temple has a very rich and ancient history tagged with its name. According to one of the legends, Sumbha and Nishumbha, two demonic characters who were rigorous devotees of Lord Brahma were granted a wish by the Lord th...

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Situated at a distance of around 28 Kms from Aleppy, the Edathua Church is a holy site held in high regard. Edathua itself is a small village in the town of Kuttanad in the district of Alappuzha.

Built in the year 1810, the St. George Forane Church or known commonly as the Edathua Church lies on the banks of the river Pampa. The church was built in the style of medieval European architecture and boasts beautiful arches and pillars all over. Edathua church is famous for it's magical healing powers and it is believed that praying at the church can miraculously cure patients suffering...

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International Coir Museum, Kavaloor
9.6 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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The treasure trove of Allepey, the International Coir Museum in Alappuzha is a wonderfully educational experience for its visitors, established by the Coir Board of Kerala Government. The Coir museum is at a distance of 9. 6 kms from the Alappuzha railway station.

Coir is the fibre from the outer husk of the coconut, used in potting compost and for making ropes and matting. The museum extends the definition in an effort to promote eco-friendly material of coir (as against plastic and other stuff). The Coir Board established this Museum in its Diamond Jubilee year. It depicts his...

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Jain temple, Alleppey
Within Alappuzha city limits
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This ancient Jain Temple, also known as Swetamber Jain Temple, is located in a quiet lane in the heart of Alleppey town. It is the only jain temple in Allepey. The temple gives a glimpse of the Jain culture. It is around 2. 5 km from the city centre.

The temple was built by members of the forty-two Jain families brought from the Kutch district of Gujarat. They were brought to Alleppey over a hundred years ago during the reign on Dewan Raja Kesavadas for the industrial development of the township of Alleppey. There are two shrines, one over 100 years old and the newer one was bu...

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Kanichukulangara Devi Temple
19 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Kanichukulangara Devi Temple is a historic Hindu Temple located near the Alappuzha city. It is located at a distance of 19 kms from Alappuzha.

Kanichukulangara Devi temple in Alappuzha is dedicated to the mother goddess. It is an ancient temple of Kerela and perhaps the oldest temple near Aleppy. The temple has been open to all irrespecive of their caste, religious or socio - economic affillilations. In fact this temple has the unique distinction of being one rare edifice that had a christian on its governing body and a non-nambooth in the household as having its ownership. Nestled...

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Karumadikkuttan Shrine
3 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Karumadikkuttan Shrine, Around 3 kms away from Alappuzha in Kerala.

Situated in the village of Karumadi, around 3 kms away from Alappuzha in Kerala, is the shrine of Karumadikkuttan; the name literally translating to the 'boy from Karumadi'. Set on the banks of Punnamada lake in the backwaters, the temple houses a three feet high, black granite statue of Buddha and is a venerated religious site among the Buddhists. The statue dates back to the 10th century AD and is believed to have been abandoned in the nearby stream called 'Karumadi thodu' from where it was later recovered in the...

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Kayamkulam Lake
41.8 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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The Kayamkulam Lake or the Kayamkulam Kayal is a brackish water lagoon located in between Panmana and Karthikapally. It lies around 41. 8 Kms from Alappuzha.

Kayamkulam lake is one of the busiest and important routes for both trade and tourists to enjoy the beautiful backwaters. The lake got its name as it flows through the town of Kayamkulam connecting Kollam with Alappuzha. Kayamkulam is believed to have been a lush green patch protected by a barrier from the Arabian Sea, the Kayamkulam Raja in the fury of being defeated by Marthanda Varma, the Travancore King at that time, order...

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Kidangamparambu Sreebhuvaneswary Temple is one of the ancient and primordial shrines in Kerala. The temple is situated at a distance of 1km from the city centre.

Kidangamparambu Sreebhuvaneswary Temple temple has a majestic Rajagopuram or Vimanam which is not found anywhere in Kerala other than Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvanandapuram. The temple is one of the rare temples in Kerala with Shadadhara prathista which is said to provide the devotees affluence, wealth and prosperity. The various Poojas are performed in the temple throughout the day including Sree Krishna Pooja, M...

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Krishnapuram Palace, Alappuzha
47 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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The Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha in Alappuzha district, Kerala in southwestern India. The palace was built in the 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma who ruled from the years 1729 AD to 1758 AD, the Travancore kingdom. It is located at a distance of 47 kms away from Allepey City Centre on the way to Kollam.

The Krishnapuram Palace named after the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram, a serene village, is situated about 2 kilometres south of Kayamkulam town. It is situated on the top of a small hillock encircled by terra...

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Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is a very ancient and internationally known center of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods (Nagaraja). With over 30,000 images of snakes, the Mannarasala temple is nestled in a forest glade and located about 31 kms from Alappuzha. The nearest railway station is Kayamkulam Junction (about 20 kms away) and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport (115 kms away).

Believed to be a place where all wishes are granted, this place has several specific rituals followed, which are believed to help out people suffering from incurable ailme...

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Marari Beach, Alappuzha
Within Alappuzha city limits
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Little-known Marari beach, not far from Alleppey in Kerala, is ideal for anyone who's exploring the Kerala backwaters and feels like some time at the beach as well. This beach is an undeveloped "hammock beach" that's perfect for lazing around. The name Marari is shortened from Mararikulam, a small and sleepy fisherman's village. The nearest major train station is at Alleppey, about 30 minutes south of Marari.

Accommodations at Marari beach consist mainly of pricey resorts and villas, and budget-friendly homestays. They're spread out right along the beach. Some are bang on the beach...

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Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
15 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva temple is a century old important temple situated at Alleppey district in between Alleppey and Cherthala, 15 kms from Alappuzha. The name of place Mararikulam originated from the word Mararikkalam, which means place of enemy of Kamadeva.

Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple is a very powerful temple where self originated idols of Goddess Parvathi and Lord Parameswara sits face to face. Maheswara is in a Marari Bhavan and Parvathi in a Swayamvara Bhavan. This temple has acquired an important position amongst the Shiva temples in Kerala and a rare phenomenon ...

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Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Latin Cathedral is a prominent Catholic church located at convent Square at Alappuzha, close to the city center. It is one of the most popular churches in the region.

Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Latin Cathedral is a large white building located half way up a hill. The historic church was rebuilt in the year 2000. The beautiful church, accessible both by a road and a waterway. The famed Parish auditorium is also located within the church premises. Toilet facilities are available inside the Cathedral. The various festivals celebrated at the church include...

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Mullakag Bhagavathy temple, or the Mullakal Rajeswari temple is a century old Hindu temple situated at the heart of the Alleppey city. This is one of the foremost pilgrim attractions of the land of backwaters, Alleppey. The temple is known for its deity, goddess Bhagavathy. The temple is located within the city limits of Alappuzha.

The temple premises has a large quadrangle area with vast corridors and chambers for different gods and goddesses. Of this the post pivotal one is the Bhagavathy chamber, a pious inner sanctum where the idol is kept. The temple ground holds a large banya...

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Pathiramanal Island, Alappuzha
17 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Pathiramanal is a small island, in the backwaters of Vembanad located in Muhamma panchayat of Alappuzha district. The name Pathiramanal means 'sands of night'. It is at a distance of 17 kms from Alappuzha.

Pathiramanal is spread across twenty-five hectares of land in Vembanad Lake accessible only by boat. You can easily cover this island by walk. The island was earlier leased out to private entrepreneurs but now falls under the Tourism Department of Kerala. The Island is famed for nurturing plants with medicinal properties. The very air in Pathiramanal is said to have healing prope...

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Pattukalam Sree Rajarajeswari Temple is a very popular and old temple in Pathirappally of Alappuzha district in Kerala. It is about 7 kms away from the centre of Alappuzha city.

There are two main shrines in Sree Rajarajeswari Temple – one is of Sree Rajarajeswari and the other is of Goddess Bhadra Kali. Many other small temples inside the main temple areas are also present which belong to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Sreemuruka, Lord Ganesha, Ayyappa, Nava Graha and Naaga temples are also seen. The atmosphere of the temple is calm and quiet. Even though the architecture of the te...

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Punnamada Kayal
38 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Punnamada Lake, popularly known as Punnamada Kayal is an extension of the Vembanad Lake, the biggest lake in Kerala. As Vembanad lake spans across many districts, it is called by different names in each district. It is called as Punnamada Lake when is reaches Kuttanad district. The lake located at a distance of 38 kms from the city of Alappuzha.

The lake is renowned for the famous boat race called Nehru Trophy boat race. This breathtaking lake spread over the Kuttanad region in the Alappuzha district attracts a large number of tourists during the festive month of Onam celebratio...

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Punnapra Beach
9 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Punnapra is a small village in the district of Alleppey in the state of Kerala. The beach at Punnapra is detached from the hectic and fast city life. It is also known as Challi beach. It is situated near to Punnapra shooters soccer club at a distance of around 9 kms from the Alappuzha city.

Due to its beauty, the Punnapra Beach never fails to lure the tourists that seek some relaxing time from the busy noises of the city. It is a secluded beach and also and an appropriate holiday spot for the tourists. It is a huge fishing harbour. So many boats are seen on the shore and the tid...

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Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum is a privately owned museum located at Alappuzha, Kerala, India that displays decorative art and artifacts, including a large private collection of Swarovski crystals and ivory.

Revi Karunakaran was the architect of the modernized coir industry of Kerala. After Revi's death in 2003, his wife Betty Karan built this museum in his memory. The objects displayed at this museum were collected by his family over three generations and feature unique artistic pieces from across the world. In 2003, Betty Karan built Revi Karuna Karan memorial museum at Alappu...

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One of the oldest temples in Kerala, the Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple in Haripad is dedicated to Subrahmanya Swamy also known as Dakshina Palani (Southern Palani). The temple complex in an area of 1. 75 acres, is located at a distance of 3 Km east from Mavelikara in Thazhakara village. At a mere 5. 2 kms from the Alappuzha Railway Station, the Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple is a one of the most prominent religious pilgrimage centers in the region.

The presiding deity of the temple is Murugan in four armed form with Vel in one hand, Vajrayudha in another hand, one hand bestowing...

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At a distance of 35. 7 Kms from Alappuzha, the Sri Vallabha Temple is a historic temple situated at the Temple Road in Kizhakummuri in Thiruvalla. The temple is a pilgrimage site in the state of Kerala and is held as an important establishment which attracts many tourists and devotees all the year round.

The Sri Vallabha Temple is built in a typical Kerala Architecture style on the banks of the River Manimala, it is surrounded by tall 12 feet walls and encompases a red granite compound, the main building is in a shape of a two storied tower. Sri Vallabha Temple is believed to be mo...

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The largest shrine of St Sebastian in the world, the church known as Arthunkal St. Andrew's Basilica and St. Sebastian's International Shrine in Alappuzha, was constructed by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. It is about 22 kms north of Alappuzha town.

Originally constructed by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century, the church was rebuilt in 1584 under the priest Jacomo Fenicio who was believed to possess powers to heal body and mind; and was popularly known as 'Arthunkal Veluthachan' translating to 'fair-skinned father'. Eight years after the vicar died, th...

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Thottappally Beach
22 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Facing the Arabian Sea, the Thottappally Beach is one a of a kind beach in the whole of the country due to its blacking sand owing to the high content of Zircon. It is located at a distance of 22 kms from Alappuzha city center.

Thottappally Beach spreads close to the National Highway 47 between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram. The beach is renowned for its black sand and is a rarity which makes it a tourist location. Apart from the dark coloured sand, the beach has a very calm and serene surrounding with thick plantation of palm trees, the coast ends up draining into the Arabian S...

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Thumpoly Beach
6 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Thumpoly is a coastal town located in the Alappuzha District of Kerala and this must visit destination is blessed with alluring sandy beaches. Facing the Arabian sea, Thumpoly beach is a place of great interest in Alappuzha, located less than 6 kms away from the centre of city.

The Thumpoly beach is bordered with rocky cliffs and towering palm groves that add more charm to the place. This beach lures a great tourist crowd due to its serene ambiance and natural environment scattered by many birds. It is a huge habitat of some rare avifauna which is why unique species of birds are...

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Vembanad Lake, Alappuzha
38 kms from Alappuzha city limits
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Vembanad Lake, commonly known as Vembanad Kol, is the longest lake in India and the largest lake in the state of Kerala. Being a constituent of several districts in the state of Kerala, it is known as Vembanadu Lake in the area of Kottayam Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad district and Kochi Lake in Kochi district. The lake is situated at a distance of 38 kms from the Allaphuza City Centre

Several groups of small islands including Vypin, Mulavukad, Vallarpadam, Willingdon Island are located in the Kochi Lake portion. The famous Kochi Port is built around the Willingdon Island and the Vallarp...

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Vijay Beach Park, Alleppy
Within Alappuzha city limits
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Vijay Beach Park, located at a distance of around 2. 5 Km from the town of Alappuzha is the only amusement park around the region. The beach park is frequently visited by families along with their little ones to spend some time off from their daily routine, it offers an excellent spot around the beach for picnicking and relaxing.

The town of Alappuzha is a majestic wonder in itself as every nook and turns seems to be draining off into the beautiful Arabian Sea, this small town is famous among the tourists for its serene and breathtaking backwaters. Vijay Beach Park which was later ...

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