Ambalapuzha, Sri Krishna Temple

Ambalapuzha, Sri Krishna Temple 14 km from Alleppey, build in the typical architectural style. Amabalapuzha temple is dedicated for Lord Sri Krishna. This temple has beautiful architecture in its old buildings and built in 800 A.D. by Chempakassery Raja. Ambalapuzha temple is famous all over India for its Palpayasam (sweet milk porridge) offered to the diety. The presiding deity inside the main sanctum at Ambalapuzha Temple Alappuzha is an enchanting idol carved out of black granite that was installed inside the temple in 1613 A.D. on an auspicious Thiruvonam day. The Champakulam boat race that enlivens the backwaters of Alappuzha every year is celebrated to commemorate the establishment of Lord Krishna's idol in the Ambalapuzha Temple premises. The temple's main festival occurs in March/April. It was in this temple that the 16th century poet Kunjan Nabbiar staged his first Ottam Thullal, a solo dance performance based on social themes.