Alleppey is one of the most beautiful destinations in Kerala. This coastal area, made up of coconut palm-lined groundwater, lagoons, beaches and unspoiled green rice fields, is the residence of Alappuzha City, bordered by Lord Curzon, one of the British Viceroy in eastern Venice, and bounded by northeastern Ernakulam. and the Pathanamthitta, to the south the Kollam and to the west to the Arabian Sea.
Alappuzha is home to Kuttanad, Punnamada Lake, with its spectacularly beautiful paddy fields, where the Nehru Trophy magazine’s famous annual snake boat competition is held, as well as many historically and culturally significant churches and temples. Some of these monuments are Edathua Church, St. Andrew’s Basilica, Kokkamangalam Church, Chettikulangara Devin Temple, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Krishnapuram Palace, Champakulam Valia Ball etc.
The district is also known for the culinary delight called Ambalappuzha Payasam. Culture lovers will be thrilled by festivals such as the ten-day “mullackal chirap” festival held in December. Onam, the annual harvest festival of Kerala, is also big here with the Ambalappuzha Payasam being a vital element of the “onasadya” or the grand four-course traditional lunch served during the festival. Nothing is more refreshing than a houseboat cruise along the backwaters in Alleppey which happen to extend from Kollam to Kumarakom and Ernakulam. The town of Alappuzha is also crisscrossed with canals. These and the backwaters serve as vital transportation means.
These backwaters also enable one to witness life along these banks. Children go to school on boats while vendors traverse through these backwaters to sell vegetables, fish and other essential stuff to houses along the banks. Houseboats are available in various levels of luxury, and as part of various tourist packages, for tourists to experience the tranquility of the waters and the beauty of the banks lined with coconut palms. The Alleppey Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of the state of Kerala. It is a long stretch of shoreline with the palm trees lending a splendid tropical feel to the appearance. The top of the lighthouse is a great place to witness the beauty of the coast. Tourists can find many resorts here. It is known for its colored sands and activities such as parasailing, swimming, surfing and volleyball. The town of Alleppey is sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the biodiversity-rich Vembanad Lake, India’s longest lake and also one of the country’s largest ones. A trip to Alappuzha is a sure way to grab a slice of Kerala