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Visit to the “Venice of India” – Alappuzha

AlappuzhaPicture yourself in gods own country, with the Arabian sea in the west, the western Ghats splashing in the east, a long shore line with the serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald back waters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Isn’t that a perfect holiday destination to rewind yourself and indulge in Ayurvedic health spas?
The answer is – Yes! I want to experience the bliss at Kerala – The state having highest literacy rate, world -class health care system and divine cuisine.
As soon as my feet landed on the beautiful city of Kochi, I was completely bowled over by its beauty.
Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala and has one of the finest natural harbour in the world.

 sea-alappuzha


It is also renowned as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. I left for Willington Island to check in the hotel and enjoy the peaceful sunset against the Balmy back waters. The Visit to a Jewish town was what I marveled the most! The Succulent sea food that was offered and red wine made my stay very special at this Paradise. The sunset was breathtakingly beautiful! Next day, I left for Mattencherry Synagogue to say prayers at the Jewish Temple. It is the oldest Synagogue located in the commonwealth.
It is noted for its mid 18th Century, hand-painted, willow crafted floor, tiles from Canton in China, a clock tower, Hebrew inscriptions on stones slabs, great scrolls of the old testament, ancient scripts on copper plates are worth seeing.

shiva-temple

Next I proceeded to Ernakulam shiva temple ( Ernakulathappan ) which is associated with the birth of the name of the city. It is believed that the idols of deities ( Siva and Parvathi ) are self created. In the evening, I went to Marine drive -a scenic stretch that offered a spectacular view of the back waters.
I went on one of the backwater cruise to enjoy the ride. The Rainbow Bridge was one such attraction of this drive which caught my attention.
I left for Alappuzha as “Venice of the east” by tourists all over the world. I must say that the place verifies its name. The vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water crisscrossing it were the first view that was offered to me by the bird eye view from the plane. Bestowed with Nature’s bounty of flora and fauna and the rich paddy fields is truly a tourist’s delight.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race : -

nehru-trophy-boat-race

Walk down the Alappuzha Beach filled my heart with a bliss that cannot be expressed in mere words. The Lighthouse that stands guarding it, appears to have jumped out of old tales to greet the visitors at this fairyland. The Pier extends into the sea is believed to be over 137 years old, and holds the people in awe .I went for a Boat ride on the Backwaters to experience the serenity in solitude. The boat races of this place are much talked about event of this place. One such famous boat race is-Nehru Trophy Boat Race , at Punnamada; which takes place at 2nd Saturday of August every year. Last but certainly not the least, on my list was to visit the Paddy fields of Kuttanad. It is the only place in the world where farming is done 2m below sea level. The ride to the interiors of Alappuzha, the dikes separating the water from land was truly enchanting . It is also called “Rice Bowl of Kerala”. The scenic countryside with its shimmering waterways, rich banana crops was a feast for the eyes. Completely exhausted but not bored, I wanted to stay a little longer in “God’s own country” but time simply flew by and I had to leave for my native place. Bidding adieu to this beautiful place was the hardest part of the entire trip.