Popularly known as “Venice of the east”, Alleppey or Alappuzha is one of the most attractive places in Kerala. Completely connected by waterways to other popular tourist destinations of Kerala – Kumarakom, Cochin and Quilon, Alleppey shall undoubtedly be called the “gateway of backwaters”. Alappuzha is well known for the Nehru Trophy Boat Race named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru conducted every year on the second Saturday of August.
Today, Alappuzha is indeed the core of Kerala tourism for its magnificent backwaters and house boats. Preferred water channel here is the Vembanad Lake. Alleppey is also popular for its coir products, country boats and wide variety of fishes. Majority of Kerala’s coir industries are located in the neighboring places of Alleppey.
Some of the nearby attractions are Alleppey Beach, offering spectacular view of the Arabian Sea; Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, built in typical Kerala architectural style; Edathua Church, one of the oldest and famous churches in Kerala; and Krishnapuram Palace, built by the eminent ruler Marthanda Varma. Pathiramanal, a small charming island in Vembanad Lake is definitely worth visiting. Alappuzha has a major network of inland waterways meandering through the town. It used to be a busy trading post & traders from across the seven seas used to come to Alleppey in earlier days. Kuttanadu in Alleppey popularly known as “the rice bowl of Kerala” is one of the very few regions across the globe where cultivation is done below sea level. Kuttanadu is indeed the most attractive backwater region that should not be missed while visiting Kerala.