Kerala is very famous for meandering backwaters. Backwaters are large inland lakes (both fresh and salt water) and ocean inlets which stretch irregularly along the coast of the state. The biggest backwater body is the Vembanad Lake (about 200 sq. km in area), which opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin port. The rivers interlink with the backwaters and together they provide an excellent means of water transport.

Alappuzha is just 1.5 hours ride from Kochi (Cochin). Alappuzha was built in 1762 by Raja Kesavadas, the then diwan of Travancore kingdom and was promoted to become a major trading centre. Many canals criss cross the entire town enabling the transport of goods and people giving rise to the adage, 'Venice of the east'. The Alleppey beach, backwater cruise, snake boat race, and coir factories are major attractions.

Kuttanad: Called the "rice bowl of Kerala", Kuttand is at the very heart of the backwaters. It is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 meters below the sea level. Inland waterways which flow above the land level are an amazing feature in this region

     
 
Alappuzha Beach: A 137 years old pier, which extends into the sea and an old lighthouse are the attractions here.

Pathiramanal: (90 minutes journey by motor boad / 30 minutes by speedboat from Alappuzha). The enchanting island on the backwates is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.

Boat Races: Backwaters of Alappuzha is famous for boat races. The famous races are 1. Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada (2nd Saturday of August) 2. Pulinkunnu rajiv Gandhi Boat Race (last Saturday of August) 3.Chambakulam Moolam Boat Race (in the month of July) 4. Payippad Jalotsavam (4th Onam day- August/September) 5. Neerettupuram Boat Race (Onam- August/September)
 
 
 
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