Alleppey is an historic backwater town located in central Kerala, hundred kilometers South of Cochin International Airport. The Houseboats of Alleppey are well renowned and is a unique offering for the tourist who visit Kerala. Alleppey is also referred to as the Venice of the East because of its narrow canals, lagoons and backwaters. The Snake boat race that occurs every year on the second Saturday of August is a something many people around the world come over the watch. These long snake boats with hundreds of people on board row to the spirits of the people of their land with the ultimate goal to win the race. Alleppey is also has a beach on the east where lot of people come down to spend the evenings, it is considered to be a local evening spot.
Alleppey is known for the thousands of fleet of Houseboats that cruise through the Vembanad Lake, if you are to board a Houseboat in Kerala, that has to be from Alleppey
There is a large canal that goes through Alleppey town, where one could spot a lot of boats. This canal would connect the town to the Vembanad lake from where there backwater routes that connect different backwater destinations like Kumararkom and Muhamma. The Kuttanad region is one of the rice bowl of Kerala, the peculiarity of the agriculture done here would be, that cultivation happens below the sea level. the paddy fields will be below the backwater water levels. You could see all of these during the houseboat cruise. These cruises also take you through narrow canals where one could watch the backwater lifestyle where you could see the household women washing cloths, making coir, children playing around the waters, elder children going to school, men casting nets, churches, temples, paddy fields and a lot of country canoes around.