Popularly known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey or Alappuzha is famous for its exotic backwaters, sun kissed beaches, stunning boat races and rich coir industry. Floating across the graceful waterways, fringed with greenery and modest village life, a visit to this place offers you the most mesmerising experiences in your life. Here are a few unique facts about this lovely place:
1. Alleppey is the seventh largest city in Kerala . The total population of this place is 174,164. This is the third largest districts in India which has the highest literacy rate. Not only that, the Centre for Science and Environment rated this place in 2016 as the second most cleanest city in India.
2. Lord Curzon described Alleppey as the Venice of the East while he visited this place during the early 20th century. He was fascinated by the beauty of this place and since then, this district is known as the Venetian Capital of Kerala.
3. Do you know that Alappuzha played a major part in the freedom struggle of the country? It is home to the Punnapra-Vayalar uprising. This uprising was a communist revolt against the feudal system of the British Raj. Thousands of Communist Party members were killed in this uprising.
4. The name Alappuzha means the land located in between the sea and the stream of rivers flowing into it. It’s clear that the place was named after it’s geographical features. The district comprises of total six taluks. This includes Ambalappuzha, Karthikappally, Cherthala, Mavelikkara, and Chengannur.
5. The Portuguese landed in Alleppey in1498 and since then, they played an important part in the development of Alleppey. They began to preach Catholicism and started converting the Syrian Christians into Catholics. During this period, they built the famous St. Andrew’s Basilica. By the 17th century, the power of the Portuguese declined and slowly, the Dutch began to take on the district. The Dutch signed several treaties with the Kings of Karappuram, Purakkad, and Kayamkulam and built warehouses for storing ginger and pepper.
6. Do you know that the first telegraph office of the former Princely state of Travancore was established in Alappuzha? In 1859, the first coir manufacturing unit was also established here.
7. The backwaters and the abundance of wetlands in Alleppey make it a home to exotic migratory bird species. Each year, this place is visited by migratory birds such as Cormorants, Ducks, and Teal.
8. The Kuttanad region of Alleppey is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. This is one of the few places in the world where farming is done in places below the sea level.
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