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Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters and lagoons, it was described as the "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon. It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. Snake boat races are the most significant traditional event in Alappuzha. These spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat race is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Alleppey Backwaters
With the Arabian sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world, this backwater country is also home ot diverse animal and bird life.

By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, Alappauzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad.

Sight Seeing Tours
Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple:
The highlight of this impressive temple is its massive oil lamp made from granite. More than 1,000 wicks can be held in this lamp, which when lit creates an unforgettable sight. This temple buzzes with activity during February and March when the Bhadrakali deity, with her miraculous healing powers, is worshipped during a special festival.

Eddakal Caves:
Located in the Ambukuthis hills, these fascinating caves were formed by a massive split in the side of a cliff. The two natural rock formations that resulted are a repository of well-preserved pictographs dating back to ancient times, and widely considered to be among the finest in the world. They can only be accessed by walking half a mile along a trail, ensuring a degree of solitude.

Kanakakkunnu Palace:
Come and see how the Travencore rajas lived in this magnificent palace dating from the 1800s. The red brick exterior with its gables and pagoda shape is best experienced after dark when lights turn the palace into a work of art. Crystal chandeliers and ornate furniture will transport you back to the luxurious days of these Keralan kings.

This 11th century statue of the Buddha is the source of many wonderful legends from Keralan history. Just two miles east of town, a visit to this site is worth a quick stop, as the atmosphere is positively magical.

Krishnapuram Palace: There are two floors to explore in this huge 18th century palace built during the reign of the Travencore kings. It’s a classic example of Keralan architecture, and has a decent museum inside devoted to the period. However, it’s the incredible, and very large, murals which are the main attraction here.

Kuttanad: At the heart of the Backwaters is this area known as the rice bowl of Kerala. Scenic countryside, glittering waterways and lush farms greet visitors at every turn. Even more amazing is that the farms are below sea level, so the waterways are actually above the farming land.


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