Alappuzha and Alleppey are Same

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Alappuzha (pronounced in Malayalam), also known as Alleppey, is a popular tourism town in the State of Kerala in the southern part of India. This town is packed with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons which form the primary attraction for tourists worldwide. In the famous List of Important Places by Lord Curzon he described this area as the Venice of the East. Thereby it can be noted that the city of Alleppey has a wonderful past.
Though the present town owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas who ruled Kerala in the second half of 18th century, the district of Alappuzha figures in classical Literature. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms, was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age.
History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in the early B.C and in the Middle Ages, as also with other parts of India.

Commerce and Tourism

Alleppey is the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer duration or packaged trips to take visitors on the exquisite waterways. These house boats in general have 2/3/4/5/6/7 bed rooms with attached bath rooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. Routine trips include food cooked on board in traditional Kuttanad style. The leisurely cruise show a microcosm of life on the water side with breath taking views of the water, land, birds and human habitations. Alappuzha is also the centre for coir industries.
The unique distinction of Alappuzha is that, it is the only district in Kerala without a forest.
The Poomkavu Church is situated on the outskirts of Alleppey. Snake boat races are the most significant traditional event in Alappuzha. These spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and participated by long thin boats powered by around 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat race is the “Nehru Trophy Boat Race”.
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Carved out of erstwhile Kottayam and Kollam (earlier Quilon) districts, Alleppey district was formed on 17th of August 1957.The name of the district Alleppey, the anglicized form, was changed as Alappuzha as per GO(P) No.133/90/RD dated 7.2.90. It is assumed that the name of Alappuzha was derived by the geographical position and physical features of the place which means” the land between the sea and the network of rivers flowing into it". As per GO (MS) No.1026/82/(RD) dated 29.10.1982, Pathanamthitta district was newly constituted taking portions from the then Alappuzha, Kollam and Idukki districts.
The area transferred from the erstwhile Alappuzha district to Pathanamthitta district is the Thiruvalla taluk as a whole, part of Chengannur and Mavelikkara Taluks. Thus the present Alappuzha district comprises six taluks namely Cherthala, Ambalapuzha, Kuttanad, Karthikappllly, Chengannur and Mavelikkara.

Educational Institutions

Social and Cultural Institutions

Alappuzha district has a proud educational history. The district has more than ten Arts and Science Colleges and One Medical college (T.D. Medical College) in government sector, Engineering colleges and Polytechnics. In the case of IT Orbit computers is the leading training institution of C-DAC Gist Pace ( Govt: of India) and KCSM centre in Alappuzha town. The District of Alappuzha is the place where the Kerala State Library Council was born on September 14, 1945. The council was formed in a meeting of all Libraries of Travancore conducted at the P.K Memorial Library Ambalappuzha. The library council in Alappuzha district is the cultural energy source of the district conducting wide variety of socio-cultural programs in the district.
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The district of Allapuzha consist of 06 taluks namely Karthikappllly Chengannur Mavelikkara, Ambalappuzha, Kuttanad and Cherthala.
ALAPPUZHA - popularly titled as the Venice of the East is enclosed by the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons, and fresh water rivers intersecting it. Alappuzha has been a district of Immense Natural Beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world, this backwater destination is also home to a 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 grows in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Here, one can see coconut husks being beaten into fiber for making beautiful mats and coir products. A part or this land is the region called Kuttanad or the Rice Bowl of Kerala. Kuttanad holds a prime historic spot where it is perhaps the only place in the world where farming is done below sea level.
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 makes for a delightful view of the sun set at town.
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Climate in Alappey

The average monthly temperature is 25o C. The district also gets the benefit of two outstanding monsoons as is case with other parts of the state.
  • The Hot / Summer season begins during the month of March which extends up to May.
  • Thereon the Southwest Monsoon (termed Edavappathi) - begins from June to September
  • Then the Northeast Monsoon (termed Thulavarsham) - between October to November
  • And the Dry weather – starting December extending to February
Alappuzha has a flat unbroken sea coast of 82 Km in length which is 13.9 % of the total coastal line of the state. An interesting phenomenon of this seacoast during the month of June is that there is a periodic shifting of mud bank popularly known as "Chakara" within a range of 25 Km in Alappuzha-Purakkad coast due to hydraulic pressure when the level of backwater rises during southwest monsoon.

Rivers in Alappuzha

Manimala River
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This river originates from Mothavara hills in Kottayam district enters the district at Thalavadi village in Kuttanad taluk and passes through Edathua and Champakulam villages and joins the Pamba river at Muttar...
Pamba River
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Pamba, the third longest river in Kerala is formed by several streams originating from Peerumedu plateau in Idukki district, it enters Alappuzha district at Chengannur and flows through Pandalam, Veeyapuram...
Achankovil River
This river often known as Kulallada river, originates from Pasukida mettu, Ramakkal Theri and Rishimalai of Kollam district enters the district at Venmony and has a catchment area of 1155.14 Sq.Kms...

Topology - Alappuzha at a Glance

District Head Quarters-Alappuzha (Alleppey) Area- 1,414 Sq.Km.
No. of Revenue Divisions 2 Population size- 2,105,350(Approx)
No. of Taluks 6 Altitude- Sea level
No. of Villages 91 Area-1414.00 sq. km
No. of Blocks 12 Temperature (Mean Max, Mean Min) Summer 35 c Winter 32c ,20c
No. of Panchayats 73 Rainfall- Annual 299 cms.
No. of Assembly Segments 11 Best time to visit August to March Clothing Tropical cottons
No. of Parliament Segments 1 Languages spoken Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English.
No. Municipalities 5 Boundaries Arabian sea on the West

Reaching 'Alappuzha'

Alappuzha is accessible by all the means of communication. The nearest airport to Alappuzha is Kochi which is at a distance of 64 km north. The Trivandrum airport is located 159 km south of Alappuzha...

16th Century

During the 16th century small provinces like Kayamkulam (presently Karthikappally and Mavelikkara taluks), Purakkad which was often called Ambalappuzha or Chempakasseri (present Ambalappuzha and Kuttanad taluk)...

17th Century

This river often known as Kulallada river, originates from Pasukida mettu, Ramakkal Theri and Rishimalai of Kollam district enters the district at Venmony and has a catchment area of 1155.14 Sq.Kms...
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Modern Alleppey

During the reign of the Dharmaraja the district was improved in all means. Raja Kesava Das, the then Diwan of Travancore who was known as the 'Maker of modern Alleppey' made Alappuzha a premier port town of Travancore. He constructed several roads and canals to improve communications and built warehouses. He extended all facilities to merchants and traders from far and near.
During the reign of Balaramavarma Maharaja, Velu Thampi Dalava took keen interest in the development of the town and port. He brought the whole area of the island Pathiramanal under coconut cultivation and large tracts under paddy cultivation. The role of Velu Thampi Dalava in the development of Alappuzha is worth mentioning. In the 19th century the district attained progress in all spheres. One of the five subordinate courts opened in the state in connection with the reorganization of the judicial system by Colonel Munro was located at Mavelikkara. The credit of having the first post office and first telegraph office in the erstwhile Travancore state goes to this district. The first modern factory for the manufacture of coir mats and matting’s was also established in 1859 at Alappuzha. The town Improvement Committee was set up in 1894.
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