18 Facts About Alappuzha


The Backwaters of Alappuzha are one of the most popular tourist attractions in India which attracts millions of domestic and international tourists.

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Alappuzha is considered to be the oldest planned city in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the city is the first of its kind along the Laccadive Sea coast.

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Alappuzha was home to the Punnapra-Vayalar uprising against the Separate American Model independent Travancore proposal and the revolt against the Feudal raj.

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History says Alappuzha had trade relations with Greece and Rome in the Middle Ages.

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Further, the temple on Lord Ayyappan, in Mukkal vattam near Muhamma in Alappuzha District, is called Cheerappanchira, for the Kalari from which Lord Ayyappa learnt his martial arts.

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Alappuzha found Alappuzha as an ideal location and constructing a well planned port city in Travancore.

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Alappuzha was most suitable, because of the geographical and oceanic reasons.

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Alappuzha constructed two parallel canals for bringing goods to port from backwaters and offered infrastructural facilities to merchants and traders from Surat, Mumbai and Kutch to start industrial enterprises, trading, and cargo centres.

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Alappuzha attained progress and became the financial nerve centre of Travancore during his time.

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The city of Alappuzha is crisscrossed by a system of canals, which is a part of the National Waterway 3.

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The richness of the coastal Alappuzha waters is expressed annually in the blooming and consequent deposit of a huge quantity of fishes and prawns on the Alappuzha coast called '[Chakara]'.

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Alappuzha is linked by Ernakulam–Kayamkulam coastal railway line and connects to cities like Trivandrum, Kollam, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi, Bokaro and Mumbai.

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Since Alappuzha is a prime destination, trains from important cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kozhikode and Amritsar pass through this station.

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The first higher secondary school in Alappuzha was the Leo XIIIth Higher Secondary School, which was opened on 1 June 1889 by Portuguese Bishop John Gomes Pereira of Cochin.

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The first polytechnic college in Alappuzha was the Carmel Polytechnic College, established by Fr.

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Colleges in Alappuzha offer both graduate and postgraduate courses for their students.

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Alappuzha is globally famous for snake boat races, especially the Nehru Trophy Boat Race held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha.

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In 2015, the Kerala Cricket Association inaugurated the KCA Cricket Stadium Alappuzha, which is an A-class cricket stadium.

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