Industrial visit to traditional home of coir industry in Kerala i.e. Alappuzha will be an interesting experience, apart from coir industry and Coir Research Institute, Alappuzha also has number government promoted establishments such as, Keltron Controls, Cattle Feed Plant, and Central Products Dairy which are worth visiting. There are some traditional industries based on coir and coir products, marine products, handlooms, different types of handicrafts, toddy tapping, have been dominating the scene from the very early times and can be visited through out the year.
This laid-back market town Alappuzha, previously known as Alleppy, is built on canals that form a web, which serves the coir industry. All around are coconut palms, and obviously, coir making, boat building, toddy tapping and fish farming are mainstays of the village economy.
Every August, Alappuzha comes to life with an adrenaline-pumping event that sees huge, low slung chundan vellams (snake boats), rowed by up to 100 people, compete for the Nehru Cup. Alappuzha’s attraction does not, however, lie solely in its natural aspects. Apaprt from the Poomkavu Church, other well-known religious sites in and around Alappuzha are Mullackal Raja Rajeshwari Temple, Mannarasala Temple and Salafi Juma Masjid Mosque.
Sights to See
According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanadu lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating the enchanting island of (sands of midnight) Pathiramanal . This little island on the backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundred of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat.
These regions are wonders of the indigenous agricultural engineering kow-how of Kerala and remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland. Extensive areas of Land have been reclaimed from the backwaters and are protected by dikes built all around. Here cultivation and habitation are made possible four to ten feet below Sea Level. A leisurely cruise along the Canals that surround these Kayals is a memorable experience.
Saradha Mandiram, Mavelikkara
A.R Rajaraja Varma was a great poet and grammarian, The Malayalam literature is much indebted to Sri. A.R Thampuran. Saradha Mandiram was built by him as his residence. Now it is bought by the State Govt. & kept as his memorial.
Built by Marthandavarma, this place at Karthikappally in Kayamkulam is famous for its mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. Dating back to the 18th century, this exquisite piece of art is one of the largest murals in Kerala. This palace museum houses antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes.
- Keltron Controls
- Central Products Dairy
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attractions of the beach. There is also an old light house which is greatly fascinating to visitors
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- 191 km from Munnar
- 64 km from Kochi
- 143 km from Thrissur
- 150 km from Thiruvananthapuram
- 385 km from Wayanad
- 50 km from Kottayam
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