A part of the ancient state of Travancore, Alleppey has held a place of importance in the pages of history, as far back as 1st century A.D. Christianity was first introduced to India by St. Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, who first landed near Alleppey, in the 1st century. The district flourished under the rule of the Cheras, who were called ‘Kuttuvans’, so named after their seat in ‘Kuttanad’ which is a part of the district of Alleppey. It is said that this coastal town had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome, during the Middle Ages. The works of Pliny and Ptolemy has many references to Alleppey. The western influence began with the arrival of the Portuguese, in the late 15th century. They built the famous St. Andrew’s Basilica, in Alleppey. Later came the Dutch who set up many factories and warehouses, after signing treaties with the ruling family. The district saw much progress during the rule of the British, by the establishment of the first post office and telegraph office in Travancore. Alleppey has also played a major role in the freedom struggle of India. A separate administration for the city was set up well after India’s independence and after the formation of the state of Kerala, in the year 1957.
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