Champakulam is the branch of Kuttanad in Alappuzha district in Kerala. It is fully surrounded by greenish paddy fields, water fall, and coconut grooves which makes the place astounding. The major attraction of this place is Moolam boat race. The Pampa Riverflows in this place.
Other chief attraction to this place is ChampakulamKalloorkadu St. Mary’s Church. It is also known as ChampakulamValiaPalli, which is one of the ancient churches in India. It is said to be founded in 427 AD and again reconstructed. The rock which is seen around the church explains about the history of the church. Moreover, the rock cross explains the history of church up to 1151 AD. Formerly it was under the control of Niranam Church, which was established by the follower St. Thomas. In addition, they had close relationship with Jacobite Syrian group in the 18thcentury and played an important role in ecumenical efforts. Currently it is under the administration of Syro Malabar Church. It is also considered as one of the seven churches founded by follower St. Thomas. The annual festival of this church is celebrated every year in the month of October. It is celebrated in grand manner. Other important festival celebrated in this temple is St. Joseph festival celebrated on 19th of March.
How to Reach
Nearest airports to Champakulam are Cochin international airport located within 85 km and Thiruvananthapuram international airport located within 150 from Champakulam. Alleppey and Changanasserry are the nearest railway stations to this place. Buses are available from Alleppey within 15 km and Changanasserry within 18 km from this place. Champakulam is also well linked; you can travel through boat from places like Cochin within 4 hourr, Alappuzha within 1 hour, Kumarakom within 3 hour, Kollam within 8 hour and Changanacherry within 3 hour from Champakulam. The best time to visit this place is during the month of October to March