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Alleppey, also reckoned as ‘Alappuzha’ is the sixth largest city in the state of Kerala renowned on the global front for its enchanting backwaters and luxurious house boat cruises. Acknowledged as the oldest planned town of this province, Alleppey is also referred to by the Encyclopedia of Kerala as the domicile of the first lighthouse built along the Arabian coast. Positioned approximately 62 km to the south of Cochin (Kochi) and about 155 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, this coastal civic is ornamented with pictorial canals, vivid backwaters, stunning lagoons, freshwater rivers and splendid beaches. The backwaters and the wetlands of Alleppey draw millions of migratory birds such as common teal, cormorants, ducks, etc every year who further multiply the charisma and the appeal of this dandy conurbation. This picturesque town of Southern India endowed with immeasurable scenic pulchritude is fittingly coroneted with the designation; ‘the Venice of the East’ by Lord Curzon; the erstwhile Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
On his visit to Alleppey, Lord Curzon; completely flabbergasted by its charm and loveliness had exclaimed: “Here nature has spent up on the land her richest bounties………Alleppey, the Venice of the East.”
The city derives its name ‘Alappuzha’ after its corporeal position and geographical features. The literal meaning of Alappuzha is ‘the terra firma flanked by the sea and the network of rivers flowing into it’. Bounded by the Arabian Sea to its west and garlanded with a large intertwining system of inland canals, Alleppey makes the idyllic nerve center of the backwater tourism in India. Exalted for its alluring snake - boat races, thriving coir and prawn farming industry and far-reaching paddy fields, Alleppey, the administrative headquarter of Alappuzha District is indeed the most blessed land in God’s Own Country. The coconut and palm fringed waterways, crystal clear lakes, backwaters stretches and virgin beaches of Alleppey revealing the pristine boon of nature tender a perfect vacation to nature lovers as well as peace seekers, to honeymooners as well as family persons. Alleppey, the land of bounteous beauty, hospitality, ayurveda, traditions and celebrations is a must visit Arcadia descended on the earth.