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Alappuzha (Malayalam), also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as "Venice of the East" by Marco Polo (1292). It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. Malayalam is the most spoken language. Hindi, English and Tamil are also widely understood in the town.

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Kerala, located on the southwestern coast of India, is said to have legendary origins. The Sage Parashuram was looking for a piece of land to perform yagna (sacrifice), and threw his axe into the sea from Gokarna and the sea retreated resulting in the formation of the land of Kerala. The antiquity of the state can be traced as early as 500 BC. People have been sailing to Kerala in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory for 2000 years. The coasts were known to the Phoenicians, Romans and later the Arabs and Chinese. Christianity was introduced to Kerala before the rest of India.

Coir and carpet making are also major industries in Alleppey. Both loom woven and frame woven carpets are made by many of the FFA families as their major source of income.

There are 14 towns and 91 villages scattered throughout Alleppey. It has a population of over 2 million and covers approximately 1,500 sq. miles.

Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake - boat races held on the second Saturday of August, every year. This competition - the Nehru boat race takes its name from India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated in 1952. It is excitement all around as snake - boats , each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind. The event is a tremendous success with tourists and the local population alike.


  • Air
  • The nearest airport is at Cochin
  • Rail
  • Alleppey railway station connected by rail with Cochin and Trivandrum
  • Road
  • Well connected by road NH-47, Trivandrum-Alleppey just 170 kms and Cochin – Alleppey is 70kms
  • Sea
  • Connected with Cochin (5 hrs) , Quilon (8 hrs) and Kottayam (2 hrs)