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Alleppey backwaters is one of the alluring backwaters of Kerala and also famed as one of the vibrant tourist spot and best backwaters in Kerala. The charisma of large network of inland canals makes it apt with the sobriquet “Venice of the East” and offers Alleppey its lifeline.
Alleppey was once a renowned port along the Malabar Coast and one of the happening centers of trade. Even today it retains its charm as one of the must visit backwaters tour Kerala and till recent times it is the hub for Coir industries, handicrafts and seafood farming.
Alleppey the ideal nerve center for Kerala backwaters tourism as well as for journey to the exquisite church filled town of Kottayam, famed as Akshara Nagari literally means knowledge town of Kerala and to the land of Aaranmula famous for its historic Snake Boat Race event annually taken place.
Alleppey is also known worldwide for its spectacular snake – boat races that take place on the rhythmic Kerala backwaters usually held during the month of August, every year. This boat race competition also known as the Nehru boat race named after India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who itself inaugurated the boat race in 1952. It is a fun filled entertainment and excitement all around as snake – boats, each manned by over a hundred oarsmen targeting the finishing point. It is an incredible success with the presence of tourists and the local population alike.
The boat cruise along the backwaters in Kerala especially cruise along Alleppey give one actual experience of the village life style; toddy tapping, fishing, coir-making, prawn farming etc., which linger more or less natural over the years.
Alleppey which form the main part of Backwaters Kerala network has the peculiar geographical feature of having the water in level with the land. Kerala backwaters tour is centered on with typical houseboat cruises along the blue lagoons and coconut groves of Alleppey and nearby regions.
A sail in a houseboat through the enchanting Backwaters of Alleppey will grab the hearts of travelers. Cruise along the narrow canals rich with coconut grooves and experience the panoramic view of paddy fields and the precise tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of old port, flocks of ducks swimming around the banks, toddy shops, small canoes are some enduring pictures that make this unique land more charming.
Houseboats or boat houses locally known as Kettuvallom, is a country crafted boats that were used for the transportation of goods from the isolated villages to the towns during the olden days. Now these boats are serving as floating villas with all modern amenities to the tourists who prefer Alleppey backwaters tour and houseboat tourism is one of the most demanding factors in Kerala backwaters tourism.
Apart from house boats, Alleppey backwaters are rich in hotels and resorts which offer fabulous stay offering lake view rooms, sea food delicacies, Ayurvedic treatments etc. Hotels and resorts at Alleppey region is said to be exotic among Kerala backwaters hotels and an apt destination for honeymooners.