Alappuzha or Alleppey, also known as the Venice of the
East is the famous tourist destination in Kerala. This
place symbolizes the confluence of all the natural
graces and beauty. Alleppey is surrounded by the
Arabian sea on the west and a vast network of lakes,
lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it.
Alleppey is a place of immense natural beauty and a
home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its
proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a
unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.
Today, Alleppey has grown as an important backwater
destination, which attracts thousands of foreign
tourists each year.Alleppey was built in 1752 as a
trading centre. The traders from across the seven seas
came here in search of black gold and souveniers.
Alleppey covers an area of 1526 square km and
situated at the sea level.
Alleppey is flanked by 2195 square km Vemband
backwater, where one can witness the magnificent
union of six major rivers which spread out extensively
before joining the 80 km coast line of the district.
The town of Alleppey is crisscrossed by a system of
canals, which is a part of the navigational channel
classified as National Waterway 3. The abundant growth
of coconut palms reclaimed from backwaters has
contributed to a thriving coir industry with high
quality export oriented products. The richness of the
coastal waters is expressed annually in the blooming
and consequent deposit of a huge quantity of fishes
and prawns on the Aleppey coast called ‘Chakara’. This
annual shifting sandbank which appears during post
monsoon period contributes to the local economy and is
a festive season for the people of Kerala. The annual
floods rejuvenate and cleanse the soil and water due
to which there is abundance of marine life like
prawns, lobsters, fishes, turtles, mangroves and other
flora in the sea. The backwaters and wetlands host
thousands of migrant teals, ducks and cormorants every
year who travel to reach this pristine aqua refuge.
The culture of this district is also resplendent with
rich and diverse ways of celebrating life – the boat
races, songs and festivals all hold the spirit of the
people. The life of the people in Alleppey revolves
around water. Children learn to swim before they walk.
They learn to row boats before they bicycle.
Alleppey is famous for its unending coconut groves,
sea, limitless backwaters, boat races, houseboat
holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry.
During the harvest season i.e between July and
September various boat races are held in Alleppey.
The most famous boat race is the Nehru Trophy Boat
Race held every August. One of the major
characteristic of this land is the region called
Kuttanad, the granary of Kerala. This is one of the
places in the world where farming is done below sea
level. The paddy feilds lie about 0.6 to 2 m below
mean sea level. Inland waterways which flow above land
level is an amazing feature of this unique land.
Tourist attractions in
The major tourist attraction in Alleppey is the
Alleppey Beach, Krishnapuram palace and Pathiramanal.
Alleppey Beach is one of the most popular picnic
spots in Alleppey. The pier, which extends into the
sea here, is about 140 years old. The Krishnapuram
palace museum is known for its collection of antique
sculptures, paintings and bronzes. The 18th century
mural Gajendramoksham is the largest mural in Kerala.
the little island on the backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds
from different parts of the world. The island lies
between Thaneermukkom and Kumarkom, and is accessible
only by boat.
Festivals in Alleppey
Some of the festivals which are celebrated in
Alleppey are as follows:
1. Mannarasala Serpent Temple, Harippad
2. Chirappu Mahotsavam, Mullackal Temple (December)
3. Kidangamparampu Temple (December)
4. Chandanakudam, Kakkazhom Juma Masjid.
Races in Alleppey
Some of the famous boat races held in Alleppey are
1. Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada (2nd Saturday
2. Alleppey Tourism Boat Race (9th January)
3. Pulinkunnu Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race (last Saturday of
4. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race (Moolam day of
Midhunam – July)
The nearest airport is located at Kochi which is about
64 km and Alleppey is about 59 km.
Alleppey is well connected with Kochi, Chennai,
Bakaro, Guruvayoor and Thiruvananthapuram.
An excellent road network links the district to all
major towns and cities in India.
Kottayam, Changanasseri, Kollam and Kumarakom can be
reached very easily by special boat.