Tags : Cultural Village
Best time to visit : October to experience 2 grand events (Moolam Boat Race & Annual feast of Champakulam Valia Palli falls)
October to February (Pleasant weather suitable for outdoor activities)
June to August (For cheap accommodations)
Kalloorkad St. Mary’s Basilica : The church is open every day from 6:00 AM until 6:30 PM
Entry is not allowed after 6:00 PM
Holy Mass Timings on Sundays: 6:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 4:00 PM
Holy Mass Timings on Wednesday: 6:30 AM, 4:00 PM
Holy Mass Timings on Other Days: 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM
Photography and video cameras are allowed.
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Champakulam is a beautiful and serene village situated on the banks of the River Pampa in the Alappuzha district of Kerala. It is part of the Kuttanad region, also known as the rice bowl of Kerala, and is surrounded by lush greenery, rice-paddy fields, waterfowl, and coconut palms. One of the main attractions of the Champakulam village is the famous Moolam boat race, which takes place annually on the Pampa River. It is the oldest snake boat race in Kerala that attracts many visitors to the village on the Moolam day of the Malayalam month.
Champakulam is also home to the Kalloorkad St. Mary’s Basilica, also known as the Champakulam Church, which is said to be one of the 7 churches that St. Thomas established in 427 AD and is considered one of the oldest churches in India. One can also consider visiting other nearby sights like the Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple. Moreover, the Champakulam village offers one to enjoy the scenic beauty of the village and indulge in activities such as boating, and photography, enjoying a stay at Champakulam and the local cuisines.
The ideal time to visit Champakulam is from October to February during the winter, and from June to August during the slack season when hotels and other accommodations could be less expensive. Champakulam can be reached easily by road and boat, with the nearest railway station being Ambalapuzha and the closest airport being Cochin International Airport.
Must know before you visit Champakulam : One should also avoid smoking or drinking in public places, as the village has a strong religious tradition, and many residents are deeply religious.
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