An amphibious life on Alappuzha backwaters
Known as the 'Venice of the East' by travellers from across the world for the canals that run parallel to the town, Alappuzha has been a famous trading post in Kerala since ancient times.
With the Arabian Sea in the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, this region shelters unique animal and bird life, and a vivid rural life on the banks of the backwaters. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed an exclusive place in the maritime history of Kerala, with the best boatmen in the kings’ armies coming from this region.
This one-time prosperous trading and fishing centre is today a world renowned backwater tourist destination famous for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry, and the lush paddy fields in the nearby region called Kuttanad, referred to as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala'. Alappuzha is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
Nearest railway station: Alappuzha Railway Station in Kerala is located 2 km away from the beach.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport is 84 km away