Alappuzha, the Venice of East, is the permanent venue for the annual Coir Kerala Fair. Alleppey (Alappuzha in Malayalam) is the nerve centre of Kerala’s famous Coir industry and the land that brings the best coir to the World. Here, one can see coconut husks being beaten into fibre for making beautiful mats and other coir products.
Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ by travellers from across the world, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Caressed by the Arabian Sea in the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, this backwater country shelters some unique animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed an exclusive place in the maritime history of Kerala. Famous for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry, the singularity of this land is the region called Kuttanad – a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’ and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. This one-time prosperous trading and fishing centre is today a world-renowned backwater tourist destination.
Alappuzha offers a fascinating water world to its visitors and is the most popular backwater destination in Kerala. Besides infinite stretches of backwaters, what makes Alappuzha distinctive is its people, lifestyle and their traditional occupation in coir making. Those who have cruised the waters of Alappuzha may not have missed the villagers, mostly women, enthusiastically engaged in weaving wheels to fabricate fine threads of coir.
Here at Alappuzha, coir making is a way of life. The process has been perfected to an art and is mastered and passed through generations. This is where the finest coir in the world is produced, processed and woven to take form of high-quality products, unique in its utility and artistic value.
Alappuzha has been the proud host of Coir Kerala since its first edition in 2011. The venue for the International expo on Coir and Natural Fibre products will be the EMS Stadium at Alappuzha, located in the heart of the town.
A salubrious climate, the picturesque backdrop and world-class conference facilities etc make Alappuzha the ideal spot for hosting Coir Kerala 2017. Alappuzha is comfortably accessible by road, rail & air.
How to reach Alappuzha
Air: The nearest international airport is Nedumbassery, Kochi (85 km) and is about 2 hours away. Another option is from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at Trivandrum, the Capital city of Kerala, which is 4 hours away (150 kms).
Rail: Alappuzha is a major railway station on the Kochi – Thiruvananthapuram route (Railway Enquiry Ph: +91 477 2253965)
Road: Alappuzha is on NH 66 on the way from Kochi to Thiruvananthapuram (KSRTC enquiry Ph: +91 477 2252501)
Ferry services: Alappuzha can be reached by ferry from Kochi and Kollam (Enquiries Ph: +91 477 2252015. KSWTD (public boat service enquiry) Ph: +91 477 2252510