Alleppey (Alappuzha) is an important tourist destination in Kerala, India. The Backwaters of Alappuzha is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala which attracts a huge number of domestic and international tourists. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters can be booked. Apart from houseboat services, the KSWTD provides government boat services within the district and nearby districts which considers the best and cheapest way to explore the Backwaters of Alappuzha.
Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most popular and competitive boat races in India.
The Palm fringed canals and shores bustling with glimpses from the day to day life in the country side, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and its long sandy beach has blessed , the water locked district, to become one of the best Backwater tourism destinations in God’s Own Country.
Alappuzha’ was formerly known as Alleppey and the Alleppey district was formed in the year 1957. Interestingly, it was in 1990, the destination changed its official name into Alappuzha. But still today, the name ‘Alleppey’ is popular among the tourists visiting the destination.
Thelarge network of canals provides Alappuzha its lifeline. Water carnivals using the gigantic snake boats and the country canoes of varying sizes have an important role in the community life of the people of the district.
Other attractions in and around Alappuzha are Alappuzha Beach, Pathiramanal Island, etc.