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Vallam Kali (Malayalam: വള്ളംകളി, vaḷḷaṃ kaḷi, literally "boat game") is a traditional boat race in Kerala, India. It is a form of canoe racing, and uses paddled war canoes. It is mainly conducted during the season of the harvest festival Onam in autumn. Vallam Kali includes races of many kinds of paddled longboats, the traditional boats of Kerala. The race of Chundan Vallam (snake boat) is the major event. Hence Vallam Kali is also known as the Snake Boat Race and is a major tourist attraction. Other types of boats which do participate in various events in the race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam, Vadakkanody Vallam and Kochu Vallam. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a popular Vallam Kali event held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, India.

Kerala (about Kerala)

Kerala - The Gods own country, is an Indian state in South India on the Malabar coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 following the States Reorganisation Act by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2(15,005 sq mi), it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest state by population and is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state. The region has been a prominent spice exporter since 3000 BCE. The Chera Dynasty was the first prominent kingdom based in Kerala, though it frequently struggled against attacks by the neighbouring Cholas and Pandyas. In the 15th century, the spice trade attracted Portuguese traders to Kerala, and paved the way for the European colonisation of India. After independence, Travancore and Cochin joined the Republic of India and Travancore-Cochin was given the status of a state in 1949. In 1956, Kerala state was formed by merging Malabar district, Travancore-Cochin (excluding four southern taluks), and the taluk of Kasargod, South Kanara.

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Alappuzha is an important tourist destination in India.The Backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters can be booked.It connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Quilon to the South. Alappuzha is the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India.The mullackal chirap is also one of the attractions of Allapuzha which is the festive season held for ten days every year in December. Other attractions in Alappuzha are Alappuzha Beach, offering a views of the Laccadive Sea, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, St. Andrew's Basilica, Arthunkal, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple, Krishnapuram Palace, Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Edathua Church, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church (oldest Anglican church in Central Kerala) and Champakulam Valia Palli.

Alappuzha Beach

Alappuzha Beach(Malayalam : ആലപ്പുഴ ബീച്ച്) is a beach in Alappuzha town and a tourist attraction in Kerala, India.Beach has an old pier which extend to sea is over 150 years old.Alappuzha beach host many events annually like Alappuzha beach festival,Sand art festivaland many more. Alappuzha beach is one of the major tourist spot in Alappuzha town. Alappuzha lighthouse situated near to the beach.Beach is accessible through various town roads and an elevated highway will passing by the beach as part of Alappuzha bypass in order to preserve the beauty of the area.Camel safaris was another attraction in beach which introduced a couple of years ago but it got banned by authorities.

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Edathua Church

This wonderful church was founded on 29th September 1810, which manipulates a profound influence in the spiritual, material, social and educational empires of the thousands of people, which belongs to assorted religious communities who lives in and around Edathua. An enthusiastic and very vibrant community of faithful, comprising of nearly two thousand families have look after it as the apple of their eye, which aids in transforming Edathua in to a prime pilgrim centre in South India. Edathua Church is a very ancient Niranam Orthodox Church, which is to be originally established by St. Thomas himself, known to the disciple of Jesus Christ, in the 1st century AD. This church is just a few km south-east of Edathua.

Chambakulam Church

Champakulam Kalloorkkadu church is one of the most ancient churches in India. It belongs to the Archeparchy of Changanacherry, of the Syro Malabar Church. Champakulam church is the mother church of almost all Catholic Syrian churches in Alleppey district in Kerala State. It was founded in AD 427. The Christian community of Kalloorkkadu originated from the Niranom Church which was founded by St Thomas the Apostle himself. Champakulam comes among the second generation of ancient St Thomas Christian churches in Malabar which were formed from the so called seven first generation churches founded by St Thomas the Apostle himself. Champakulam is a remote village in Kuttanadu Taluk of Alleppey district. The ancient church at Champakulam has a unique place in the history of Christianity in Malabar. It was involved in many historic events. It had a pivotal place in the efforts of reunion of Catholic Syrians and the Jacobite Syrians in the 18th century. Originating from Niranom church, Champakulam had very close relations with the Jacobite Syrian group and many Jacobite Syrian priests and their prelates even the Mar Thoma VI celebrated Holy Offices here.  

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Arthungal Church

Arthunkal is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Kerala.  considered as a holy land by hundreds of thousands of devotees, of Christian as well as other faith. The village is synonymous for its church, The feast of St. Sebastian in Arthunkal is a grand celebration extending for two weeks in January. The main day of this traditional feast is on January 20,  locally referred to as Ettamperunnal. The most important event of the feast is the ceremonial procession, carrying the the statue of St. Sebastian, from the church to the beach and back. Interestingly, an eagle is seen roaming the skies, every year during the time of the procession. This eagle too has become part of the grandmother stories, about the presence of St. Sebastian as a guardian saint for the village.

AmbalapuzhaSree Krishna Temple

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple (Malayalam: അമ്പലപ്പുഴ ശ്രീകൃഷ്ണ ക്ഷേത്രം) is a Hindu temple in Ambalappuzha, Alapuzha district of Kerala, in south India. The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built during 15th – 17th AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran. The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasarthi (പാർത്‌ഥസാരഥി) with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. During the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. It kept safely for 12years. The payasam served in the Ambalappuzha Temple is famous among Hindu devotees. This sweet pudding made of rice and milk has an interesting mythological legend behind it.It is believed that Guruvayoorappan reaches here daily at the time of Palpayasa Nedyam to have it.

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Mannarashala Nagaraja Temple

Mannarassala Sree Nagaraja Temple is a very ancient centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods located in Alleppey district of Kerala.The beliefs and rituals associated with the Mannarasala temple are quite different from other temples. Uruli Kamazhthu in Nilavara is the most popular devotee offering in Mannarasala. Haripad, a culturally renowned ancient town with the prominent role in the history of Central Travancore, is rich with its green paddy fields, coconut palms and serene atmosphere of the adjacent hamlets. The ancient Subrahmanya Swamy Temple in Haripad, which is one of the renowned Subrahmanya temples of Kerala and a testimonial to the glory of the great Kerala temple architecture, is located on the way to the Mannarassala temple.

Alappuzha backwater Cruise

Alappuzha is the hub of Kerala backwaters–Known as the Venice of East. It is the gateway to the backwaters of  Kerala gifted with great natural beauty with the Laccadive Sea on its west. The city has a network of lakes, lagoons, tranquil canals and freshwater rivers. Alappuzha is well-known as the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race–Held on the Punnamada Lake. Punnamada Lake’s snake boat races are a well-known annual event. Other attractions in Alappuzha are Beach–Offering views of the Laccadive Sea, Paathiramanal Island–A beautiful island on the lake spreading over an area of about 10 acres–It’s a home to many rare varieties migratory birds from different parts of the world, Marari Beach–Rated as one of the world’s top five hammock beach by National Geographic survey, Krishnapuram palace–A rare specimen of Kerala style architecture. Today it is an archaeological museum, Karumadikkutan statue–A remnant of Kerala’s glorious past as a Buddhist centre, The verdant Beauty of Kuttanad–The Rice Bowl of Kerala, etc.
Alappuzha is also blessed with many famous temples and churches like, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, St. Andrew’s Basilica, Arthunkal, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple, Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Edathua Church, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church (oldest Anglican church in Central Kerala) and Champakulam Valia Palli, Kalavam Kodam temple and so on. A glide in a “Kettuvallom” (Houseboat) through the enchanting backwaters of Alappuzha is sure to stole your heart. Enjoy your backwater cruise with Punerjeni cruise packages

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