Location : Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kerala
Famous As : Venice Of The East
Main Attractions : 140 Years Old Pier
Best Time To Visit : July to September

‘Venice Of The East’
Alappuzha, a district of Kerla, is marked by natural beauty. Arabian Sea lies in its west.  For its vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers, this tiny town resembles the Italian city of Venice.  It is therefore called the 'Venice of East'. Alappuzha was once a busy port for transporting goods by boats to and from Kerala. This port was the brainchild of Raja Kesava Das, the Deewan of Travancore in the 18th century.  Best time to visit Alappuzha is July to September.

Alleppey Beach
Alappuzha is famous for this beach.  It is the best for sightseeing with the remnants of the once thriving port - a thousand feet pier built by Captain Huge Crawford in 1862 to provide shelter to the boats and ships and an old lighthouse. There are also other colonial buildings around. The facilities for surfing and parasailing are available at the beach. Water-scooters and high-speed boats are available on hire. This beach is suitable for swimming.  There are beach resorts too - Alleppey Beach Resort, Coir Village Lake Resort, Punnamada Beach Resort and Marari Beach Resort. Vijaya Park and Sea View Park on the beach provide Boating facility. Vijaya Park also offers rides in toy trains and bicycles.

Other Attractions of Alappuzha
Alleppey Backwaters: Alappuzha is an importance Backwater Tourist Centre providing a backwater cruise from Alleppey to have a good view of the landscape , monuments, temples,churches and industries of Alappuzha.

Alleppey Boat Races: Boat Races form a part of Kerala culture and Alleppey host most of these races mostly held in the month of August and September.

There are a number of places to visit in Alappuzha namely Krishnapuram Palace, Kuttanad Region, Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple, Pathiramanal, Ambalapuzha Temple, Arthunkal Church, Champakulam Church, Chavara Bhavan, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Mavelikkara, Edathua Church, Karumadikuttan, Mannarsala, Q S T and R Block Kayal, Punnapra and  Mararikulam.

Reaching There :-
By Air : The Nearest airport is Kochi International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town.
By Rail : Nearest railway station is Alappuzha, about 5 km from the beach.
By Road : 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.

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