Major Pilgrimage centers In and around Alleppey Area
Alleppey is visited for the backwaters and lakeside experience. However there are a number of significant temples / churches and pilgrim centers around that are visited by pilgrimage centric travelers.
Ambalapuzha (14 kms South of Alleppey) – Visited for its Sri Krishna temple.
Karumadikuttan - At a distance of 3 kms from Ambalapuzha is the 10th century Karumadikuttan statue, a black granite statue of Buddha.
Aranmula (45 kms from Kottayam and 50 kms from Alleppey) - The Sri Krishna temple (1700 year old) here is famous for the boat race held annually in August-September. Aranmula is famous for its Kannadi, hand-made mirrors made of polished metal.
Aruthunkal (22 kms North of Alleppey) - The ancient St. Sebastian Church was built by the Portuguese and is a popular centre of pilgrimage for the Christians of Kerala. The feast of St. Sebastian is held every January.
Chettikulangara Bhagawati Temple (44 kms South of Alleppey) - Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple (1200 year old) is one of the most renowned temples in Kerala.
Mannarsala (31 kms South of Alleppey) - Sree Nagaraja Temple here is an ancient and internationally-known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods.
Arthunkal is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Kerala. Guests can visit it enroute (22 kms from Alleppey at Cherthala)