Alappuzha (Alleppey) is one of the exotic backwater sites of India's southern state Kerala.Allappuza is also known as The Venice Of The East Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the town's commercial centre lives in a maze of canals. Set in the labyrinth of Backwater channels, the town is one of the best gateways to explore the unspoilt countryside. Washed by the Arabian Sea, interlocked by a number of canals and bridges, this tiny marketplace is also famous for its Nehru Trophy boat race held every year. Alappuzha attracts tourists not only by its natural beauty but also through its locally made coir products that are of a very superior quality.
Separated out from the former districts of Kottayam and Quilon, Alappuzha consists of seven taluks spread over an area of 1414 sq km. It is bounded by Kochi and Kanayannur taluks on its north; Vaikom, Kottayam, Changanassery Thiruvalla, Kozhencherry and Adoor taluks on its east; Kannathur and Karunagappally taluks on its south and the exotic Lakshadweep of the Arabian Sea on its west.
Alleppey Backwater are a perfect place to spend your holiday away from the hectic daily life. Sailing back and experiencing the nature softly passing you by, in form of blue waters, green pastures and coconut grooves offers you the most enthralling experience on the Alleppey backwaters tour.
Alleppey Nehru Boat Races is one of the most colorful boat races in Kerala. It is held on the second Saturday in the month of August annually in the Punnamuda Lake in Alleppey.