Alappuzha or Alleppey, with its labyrinth, of canals, bridges along silver beach, makes for a memorable holiday. Its cheerful people add to the town’s charm. Alappuzha offers enjoyable boat cruises to Kollam along the scenic Vembanad Lake. The never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, shimmering water and long canals around Alappuzha make a delightful setting for the town.
During the 16th century small principalities like Kayamkulam (presently Karthikappally and Mavelikkara taluks), Purakkad which was often called Ambalappuzha or Chempakasseri (present Ambalappuzha and part of Kuttanadu taluk) Karappuram comprising two principalities called Moothedath and Iledath (present Cherthala taluk) emerged into power. In the same period, the Portuguese came into prominence in the political scene of this district and they built several churches of which churches located at Purakkad and Arthungal are wellknown.
In the 17th century, the Portuguese power declined and the Dutch had a predominant position in the principalities of this district. As a result of several treaties signed between the Dutch and the kings of Purakkad, Kayamkulam and Karappuram, the Dutch built factories and warehouses in various places of the district for storing pepper, ginger,etc. In course of time they interfered in the political and cultural affairs of the district. It was at that time Maharaja Mathandavarma, the ‘Master of Modern Travancore’ interfered in the political affairs of those principalities.
Today, Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old.
Entertainment facilities at the Vijay beach park add to the attractions of the beach. This beach has a long stretch of shore that is laden by dense palm groves. The landscape around the beach is very fascinating as is the rest of Kerala. A towering lighthouse overlooks the beach which is greatly fascinating to visitors.
Facilities at the Vijay Beach Park:
- Rs.2 per person for Adults
- RS.0 Free entry for Children
- Rs.5 for Still Camera
- Rs.25 for Video Camera
Vijay Beach Park Alleppey Phone and Address