Punnapra is a village in the South Indian state of Kerala. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Alappuzha, which also happens to be the district headquarters. Punnapra is often referred to as the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’ owing to its rice production. Beach, temple and cuisine enthusiasts can also visit this place with family and friends.
Places to Stay
One is forced to venture into Alappuzha for lodging as options of budget hotels are pretty limited in the village. There are a couple of good budget hotels in Alappuzha. Some of the options which are worth a try are Arcadia Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Ashtamudi Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 500), The Green Palace Health Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Alleppey Lake Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The place does not have many tourist sites on offer apart from a few temples and churches, but the neighbouring city of Kollam (79 km to the north) has a lot of good tourist destinations worth a visit. The main attractions of the city are the Thangassery Breakwaters, Kollam Port, Thangassery Light House, Kollam Beach, Ashtamudi Lake other than numerous churches, temples and mosques. Alappuzha also has lots of places to visit such as the backwaters, Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Arthunkal Basilica, Haripad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple, Edathua Church, Krishnapuram Palace and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 144 km.
Alleppey Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 6.5 km.
State transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Kallada Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from Kollam as well as Alappuzha. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.