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Harippad is a major tourist spot in Alappuzha District in Kerala. It lies on the NH47 in close to the NTPC thermal power plant in Kayamkulam. Harippad has a railway station which is very convenient for people who visit Kerala to see the world famous Payippad Boat Race. Harippad is often referred to as the 'Town of Temples'.
Tourist Attractions in Harippad:
Some of the Tourist Attractions in Harippad are Subrahmanya Temple, Mannarashala Temple, Payippad Boat Race.
This place is constructed in the ancient Kerala style of architecture, there is a legend attached to this temple that when the temple was nearing completion, one of the trustees had a dream about finding the idol of Subrahmanya.
In accordance with his directions, the four-armed idol was found in the river near Pathiramanal Island and brought to Harippad. While returning, the people who found the idol halted at Champakulam to spend the night and performed a pooja. On the following morning, colorful boats from all over the region assembled to escort the idol in a ceremonial procession through the lake to the Temple.
Mannarashala Sree Nagaraja Temple:
This temple is located 32 km south of Alappuzha; this temple is a must-see while on a tour to Harippad. This is an internationally famous ancient serpent shrine under the patronage of a Brahmin family, headed by a priestess. Dedicated to the Serpent God Nagaraja, the temple has 30,000 images of snakes along the paths and is one of the largest temples in Kerala. Barren women are believed to be blessed with children here and a special turmeric paste available at the shrine is said to possess powers to cure even leprosy.
Payippad Boat Race:
This boat race is one of the most popular snake boat race in Kerala. It draws tourists from around the world. It is a three day water festival held during the Malayalam month Chingam, (August-September) the day of the installation of the deity at the Temple. It is held at the Payippad Lake which is 35 km from Alappuzha.
Nearest Places to visit:
Kayamkulam Krishnapuram Palace: Krishnapuram Palace is located about 47 km from Alappuzha town in the Alappuzha-Kollam Route.
Pathiramanal: Pathiramanal is an island in the Vembanattu Lake.
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple: Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is located about 16 km from Alappuzha.
Mannarashala Nagaraja Temple: Mannarashala Nagaraja Temple is one of the most important centres of snake worship in Kerala; Sree Nagaraja temple is situated at Mannarashala near Harippad town, about 35 Km away from Alappuzha on the Alappuzha-Kollam route.
Arthunkal St. Andrews Forane Church: The Arthunkal Church is located about 22km away from Alappuzha near Cherthala.
Champakulam: Champakulam is famous for the Boat Race which is held during the month of July.
Punnapra Vayalar: Punnapra Vayalar is the place where Travancore Police and Communists confronted each other during a revolt in 1946.
Chettikulangara Bhagavathi Temple: Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple is one among the five temples established by Lord Parashuram.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race: A large number of tourists are attracted by the boat race conducted at the Punnamada backwaters on the second Saturday of August every year.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The nearest International airports are at Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram.
Nearest Railhead: The Harippad Railway Station, which links to other towns and cities of South India, lies very close to Payippad.
By road: Well-connected by a vast network of roads, Harippad lies on the NH 47 highway.
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