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Around Cochin

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Tips for Visitors

Alapuzha (Alleppey)

Situated 65 kms away from Cochin, Alapuzha has a long, sandy and spectacular beach. It is known as the 'Venice of the East' due to the intricate network of canals and backwaters. Alapuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products, umbrella manufacture and coir A houseboat ready to be hired out to touristsindustry. The singular most colourful event of this land is the Nehru trophy boat race organised every year on the second saturday of August. It is held on Vembanad Lake to the east of the town. Each snake boat is as long as 130 feet and is manned by over a hundred rowers.Tourists in a hired houseboat on the backwaters at Alleyppey

Bordered by dense palm groves at one end and an ancient towering lighthouse at the other, the Alapuzha beach is a delight for one's eyes. The bus stand and boat jetty are in close proximity to most of the hotels. The railway station is 4km south-west of the town centre and the Bank of India is on Mullakal Road, which will encash travellers cheques. The other places you can visit when in Alapuzha are the Kidangamparambu Devi Temple, Mermaid Statue, Mullakal Devi Temple, and the Boat Jetty.

Kalady, a piligrim centre is 45 kms from Cochin,on the banks of river Periyar. The well known Ramakrishna Adwaitha Ashram is located here. Kalady is the birthplace of Saint Shankaracharya, the monotheist Hindu philosopher and one of the greatest Hindu reformers. He lived in the 8th century AD and died at an early age of 32 years. He traveled throughout India, on foot, debating with scholars and spreading his theory of Advaita or monotheism.

Kodungallore (Cranganore)
Kodungallore is 35 kms from Cochin by road and is a seaport town on the west coast of India. It is believed that St Thomas, the Apostle, landed here in 52 AD. The world famous port here was destroyed by a flood which later led to the formation of the well known Kochi Harbour. The first mosque of India, Cheraman Juma Masjid, is situated here built in the form of a Hindu temple in 629 A.D.

Kottayam (Kumarakom)
This unique backwater destination is situated on the eastern side of the vast Vembanad Lake and is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kuttanad. It is 88 kms from Cochin and takes two and a half hours by road. The lake provides facilities for boating, yachting, fishing, surf riding & swimming.

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Paniyeli Poru

A milky waterfall that would allure you even from a distance; beautiful rivulets with lucid streams of water that would wash away the worries and weariness of everyday life; pebbles that will surpass the charm of precious stones... tempted aren't you? Then don't waste much time visualizing it in your mind. Fix your next trip to Paniyeli Poru an untouched picnic spot on the outskirts of Kochi.

Getting there:

Nearest Railway Station: Aluva, about 35 km
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport about 35 km

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