Alappuzha
 
ALAPPUZHA
n Area: 1,414 Sq. Km
n Population : 1,990, 603 (1991 census) 
n Rainfall (Annual): 299 cm

n Altitude: Sea level
n Climate: Tropical humid
n Tourist Season: August to march
n Telephone access code: 91 477

  
With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousand of foreign tourist each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the the region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
 
GETTING THERE & AWAY
 
Air
Nearest international airports: Thiruvananthapuram (150 km); Kochi (Nedumbassery - 85 km) 
 
Rail
Well connected to major cities. Railway enquiry Ph: 253965 
 
Road
An excellent road network links the district to all major towns and cities in India. KSRTC enquiry: Ph: 252501There are frequent bus services to Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kottayam. Bangalore: 1400 hrs (17 hrs) Coimbatore: 0615 hrs(7 hrs) Kollam: All buses going to Thiruvananthapuram pass through Kollam. 
 
Ferry services

  • Enquiries: Ph: 2520I5

  • SWTD (public boat service enquiry): Ph: 252510