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Alappuzha
Altitude: Sea level
Area: 1,414 sq. km
Population: 21,05,349(2001 census)
Nearest railway station:  Alappuzha
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town.

Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is one of a series of beautiful backwater locales, in the Indian state of Kerala. With the Arabian Sea to the west and a vast network of lagoons, lakes and rivers enveloping it, Alleppey is a place of immeasurable beauty. Due to its proximity to the sea and its complex canals and waterways, Alleppey has been called the Venice of the East. In recent years, Alleppey has become a thriving tourist destination, attracting a multitude of visitors from all over the world.

Alleppey is known for its beautiful beaches, sacred temples, annual snake boat races, and products made of coir, a coarse fiber made from the filament surrounding the seeds of coconut palms. Interestingly, Alleppey is one of the only places on earth where farming takes place below sea level due to inland waterways that flow just above the land.

The backwaters of Kerala act as a primary waterway for the transport of goods and people, and are often the only link between remote villages and bustling towns. The total span of backwater stretches over 900 miles, with an expansive network of 44 rivers, lakes and lagoons stretching from north to south. Alleppey forms the better part of this seafaring region.

Alleppey is connected by rail to most major towns in India. In addition, a national highway connects the district to many parts of Southern India. Ferry Boats on the scenic backwaters link Alleppey with all other parts of Kerala, and the journey through the winding canals is truly unforgettable.


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