Breathtakingly beautiful backwaters, tranquil blue lagoon, pristine beaches and picturesque canals make up the most stunning district of Alappuzha and this is where the small town Alleppey is located. A network of canals passing through the heart of the city impressed Lord Curzon so much that he gave this place the title of “Venice of the east”. This is the place where you can find nature at its best. Those who are in search of solitude should come to Alleppey during their Kerala holidays.
This small town was found in 1762 by the Deewan of Travancore, Raja Keshawadasan. According to the local history, Alleppey had a trade relation with Greece and Rome in the ancient days as well as in the Middle Ages. Alleppey has become one of the major attractions in Kerala, because of its rich natural wonders.
Alleppey is not only a land of water but it also serves as a home to some rare species of birds. Bird watchers will find this place extremely satisfying. Other than birds like darter, cormorant and kingfisher you can also find some turtles and otters in the backwaters.
The major attraction of Alleppey is the backwaters. Forming a distinctive feature of Kerala, the backwaters are simply fascinating. In local language Malayalam, the backwaters are called Kayals. These wide networks of lagoons, canals and lakes extend randomly along the coastal regions. Alleppey is home to the largest backwater, the Vembanad Lake which covers two hundred five square kilometers and connects the network of backwaters to the Arabian Sea at Kochi Port. You can also enjoy boating in the Pamba and the Periyar rivers. The backwaters serve as the major medium of transportation in this region.
Though there are numerous hotels in Kerala that offer warm hospitality and state-of-the-art facilities, when you have come to Alleppey staying in a hotel Kerala is not a wise option. You should rather stay in a houseboat, which is again a very distinctive feature of Kerala. In fact tourists from all over the world come to Kerala to stay in houseboats. If you don’t stay in a houseboat, your Kerala trip is incomplete.
Houseboats come in a wide variety both in terms of size, facility and price. If you are a small family you can opt for a small houseboat. Large houseboats are also available for large tourist groups. Cruising through the backwaters in a houseboat will be an amazing experience. The houseboats are called Kettuvallam in local language. Enjoying an intoxicating boat ride in a houseboat is the chief facet of a Kerala trip. So make sure to hire a houseboat to cruise through the backwaters to experience one of the unforgettable trips of your life.