Ambalapzha Sree Krishna temple is in Alleppey district, Kerala. It is about 16 Kms. from Alleppey, the Venice of the East which is interconnected by lot of lagoons, lakes and sea.
This temple is known as Dwaraka of the South which was built by Chemagasseri Devanarayanan Thampuran between 15-17th AD.This an important Vaishanava temple in Kerala.
The temple here has Krishna's idol in the form of Parthasarathy which Krishna assumed during the great Mahabharata war. He has a whip in His right hand and a conch in the left .This temple is very much popular like the Guruvayur temple. Here also, the deity is worshipped as child Krishna.The temple also has a shrine for Guruvayurappan and there is a nagathara outside the main shrine.
Legend is that, saint Vilvamangalam, an ardent devotee of Krishna while cruising along the backwaters with the Maharajah of Travancore, heard sweet flute music. Swamy Vilvamangalam could see a bright glow and a form of Balamurali Krishna ( young Krishna with flute) on a Peepul tree . Feeling the God's presence, a temple was constructed in that place.
Fascinating facts- Ottam thullal, a performing art form was started here by the great artist Kunjan Nambiar. One can still see his mizhavu which is preserved here in an enclosure. The make up and the costume of this art form is unique.
Thunjathu Ezhuthachan, a great poet and scholar is believed to have penned his famous work Adyathtmika Ramanayam kilipattu here which has no parallel till date.
Ambalapuzha palpayasam is very famous (a porridge made of milk ,hand pounded rice and sugar ) and has exceptional sweetness and one can find devotees queuing up for the same.
How to reach- Alleppey is connected well with rail and road. The nearest airport is at Ernakulam
Accommodation - Good hotels are available in Ernakulam or there are many holiday resorts near Alleppey. The famous boat houses are a huge attraction for the tourists both foreign and local. One would get 5 star to economy boat houses.