e -Alleppey, "Venice of the East" has a large network of
canals that meander through the town. The Snake Boat Race held every year in
August in the backwaters of Alleppey is a major attraction.
The backwaters act as a vital waterway for the transport of goods, people
and their produce are often the only link between isolated villages and
crowded towns. In Kerala, the total expanse of backwater stretches over 1500
kms., with a network of 44 rivers, lagoons and lakes from north to south.
Alleppey which forms the main part of this network has the peculiar
geographical feature of having the water in level with the land. This gives
the advantage of getting a closer look at the village life on shore while on
a backwater ride.
A glide in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) through the enchanting backwaters of
Alleppey is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding
through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up
along either sides of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget.
The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also
found on the way. Flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds
flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of
this unique land.
The sparkling water and the caressing cool wind is a temptation too strong
to resist. Country boats of various types crisscross the path with
passengers from all walks of Kerala's rural life ranging from milkman and
newspaper boy to local politicians, priests and wedding parties. It is a
unique experience as this is as close as one can get to feel the vibrant
life in the countryside of god's own country.
Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town.
Nearest Railway Station:
Alappuzha, about 5 km from the town