|Location||In Kerala, India|
|Significance||Famous for its backwaters|
|Climate||Pleasant throughout the year carrying
between 20 to 35 degrees centigrade
|August to March|
Alleppey or Allapuzha has a large network of inland canals. It has been one of the best-known ports along the Malabar coast that earned it a position as the busiest trade center of the state. The centre for coir carpet industries and prawn farming, Alleppey is the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism and cruising to Kottayam with its lovely churches and Aranmula featuring the world-famous annual event of Aranmula Snake Boat Race. Alleppey‘s very own Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the second Saturday of August, every year and is a tremendous success with tourists and the local population alike. The boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey offers one the most intimate and first-hand experience of rural Kerala life style including toddy tapping, fishing, coir making and prawn farming.
The narrow, shaded streets of the colorful market town of Alleppey are built on canals and are surrounded by coconut trees. It has Arabian Sea on its west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers and rivulets crossing it lending it immense natural beauty. The unique architecture of the city impresses one and rice, green coconuts, red chillies, and fat rough skinned jack fruit abounds in the region. While cruising through the backwaters, you may also get a chance to spot a few rare migratory birds and diverse animals.