Venice of the East
Situated in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, This most popular and the cleanest beach of South India
is nature's wonder with its lagoons, vast lakes and fresh water rivers. It is a long sandy beach amidst the dense palm groves. The history of the colonial British empire with its remnants lies in its womb. There is a 1000 ft.wooden pier extending into the sea.
It is also one of the exotic backwater sites of South India.
Captain Huge Crawford built it in 1862 to provide shelter and protection to the boats and ships and installed a lighthouse. There are other colonial buildings also.
Alappuzha is also known as the “Venice of the East”
once frequented by traders from all over the globe in search of black gold and souvenirs.
South of the beach, there is ‘Vijaya Park’
which is a picnic spot with a Children's Park
. Boating facilities are available here and also in the Sea view park here.
A cruise through alappuzha backwater
takes you along these canals to enjoy scenic beauty of the coconut and paddy fields and the fishing.
Water-scooters and high-speed boats can be hired at the beach.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race:
Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held at Punnamadakayal here.
The top-most attraction of Alappuzha is Kuttanad
, one of the few regions in the world where farming is done below sea level. It is a land of lush paddy fields and stretches for 75 kms. It is known as 'Granary of Kerala'
Today Alappuzha is a popular backwater destination.
Both luxury and budget accommodations are available here.
How to Reach Alappuzha Beach
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The Nearest airport is Kochi International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town.
Nearest railway station is Alappuzha, about 5 km from the beach.
From Kochi Airport, cabs and buses are available that bring you to Alleppey. You can also drive on NH-47 which links Salem to Kanyakumari.