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Introduction :
Alleppey is a district of immense natural beauty. Popularly known as Venice of the East, Alleppey was one of the busiest trade centers in the past. Today, it is popular for its coir trade and prawn farming. For your information, a unique distinction of Alleppey is that it is the only district in Kerala without any forest range. 

The hub for backwater tourism in Kerala, Alleppey or Alappuzha means land between
 
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the sea where a network of rivers flows into it. If you are in Alleppey, perhaps your main reason to be there is to cruise through the Backwaters in Kerala.Backwater by definition means “a part of a river not reached by the current, where the water is stagnant”, and Kerala showcases a great deal of  its picturesque Backwaters, here in Alleppey.  The houseboat rides along the Backwaters can take you through Kottayam, Alleppey, Quilon, Kumarakom and Kuttanad  area.
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People mainly visit Alleppey for its boat cruises around the Backwater. The leisurely cruise along the Backwaters of  Kerala, in and around Alleppey, gives one a first hand experience of life style in the state, coir-making and prawn farming. You cannot miss the breathtaking view of the water, land, birds and human inhabitations on the water side, coexisting peacefully. The houseboats, locally called kettuvallam are available on hire on a daily basis. They are also available for longer duration to take visitors on the old waterways. In general, these houseboats have 2 bedrooms and attached bathrooms. Some of the boats have air-conditioned bedrooms. A routine trip on these boats includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kerala style.   

Alleppey is also well known for its fantastic Aranmula snake-boat races held on the second Saturday of August, every year. This race is one of the most exciting experiences of the place. It is a feast to the eyes to watch the event as the snake-boats, each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind. What is fascinating is the movement of the oars. Although there are several oars on either sides, at a glance, it appears to one huge oar!

Another interesting feature of Alleppey is the unique crisscrossing net of canals and lagoons. These canals are spread out across the center of town, with boats rowing along at an unhurried pace. Indeed, time seems to move very slowly at Alleppey!



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