Saturday, December 31, 2016

Venice of the East Alappuzha kerala India

Alappuzha also called Alleppey, is in Kerala state in India.  Alappuzha town is located 70 kilometres south of Cochin.

 It is often called the Venice of the East because of the canals that connect the backwaters.

One of the most important tourist attractions is the kerala houseboat , cruising on which, tourists can enjoy the beauty of the backwaters.


Mannar the bell metal town declared as a heritage village

Snake boat racing season 2016

Edathua church festival

Things to see and do

 Take a houseboat ride

Religious places

Arthunkal Church

Chettikulangara sree bhagavathy temple Kumbha bharani festival


Vayalar Rama Varma

Thakazhi Siva sankara pillai


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Snake boat races in alappuzha kerala

Snake boat racing season 2016

The Champakulam Moolam boat race on June 20  will be the first race of this season..
Other races coming up  are
 Nehru trophy boat race at Punnamada
Races at Aranmula, Kumarakom, Payippad, Neerettupuram, Karuvatta, Haripad, and Mannar. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Chettikulangara sree bhagavathy temple kumbha bharani festival

Kettukazhcha’, an assemblage of huge temple cars and chariots at the annual Kumbha Bharani festival
UNESCO is planning to include the festival on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Sunday March 13 th 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

P. Padmarajan malayalam film director

P. Padmarajan a malayalam author, screenwriter, and film director.

Padmarajan made some of the landmark films in Malayalam cinema, including masterpieces like Oridathoru Phayalvaan (1981), Koodevide (1983), Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil (1986), Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986), Thoovanathumbikal (1987), Moonnam Pakkam (1988), Innale (1989), Season (1989) and Njan Gandharvan (1991).

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Arthunkal church St. Andrew’s Basilica festival

St. Andrews Basilica at artungal cherthala in alappuzha district  is one of the famous pilgrim centres in the state of kerala. Though the church is named after St. Andrew the Apostle, the feast of St. Sebastian is well known.

The statue of St. Sebastian will be carried in the procession as part of the feast of St. Sebastian on January 20th 2016. The festival will end on .January 27th 2016.

History of the church:

The church was constructed in wood in the 16th century. It was renovated in stone in 1602. Arthunkal rose to fame when the statue of St. Sebastian was brought from Italy.
 St. Sebastian had been the captain of the bodyguards of Roman emperor Diocletian. He became a martyr after he was brutally killed on account of his faith in Christ.

 It is said that people afflicted with epidemics got relief after they offered prayers to St. Sebastian. The feast of St. Sebastian began to attract thousands of people to the church. Gradually, the church became a pilgrim centre for the faithful, irrespective of caste or creed.

Traditions:  One of the interesting traditions followed in the church is that Hindu devotees of Lord Ayyappa who visit Sabarimala pay homage to St. Sebastian on their return from the hill temple.

The church was renovated again in 1870. Later, a new church was built in granite. It took 60 years to complete the new church, which was opened in 1967. Basilica status was granted to the church at a pontifical mass in 2010. The church has high potential to be developed as a pilgrim-cum-tourist destination. Many of the pilgrims visit the beach nearby.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Film on Katha Thakazhi's wife

A docu-fiction is  based on the life and times of Katha the wife of Thakazhi siva sankara pillai.

Thakazhiyude Katha’,has been  picturised in and around Thakazhi’s house in Kuttanad

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Alappuzha district/ jilla Agri-Horticultural Society

Alappuzha district/ jilla Agri-Horticultural Society has organised Agrex 2015, an exhibition on agriculture, floriculture and industry .

From 10 day exhibition from 19th december 2015 at   SDV grounds alappuzha