Nestled at the Kerala state of southern India, Alappuzha is a beautiful town.Also termed as Alleppy, Alappuzha laced with the azure brilliance of the Arabian sea and with the web of the flowing rivers is one of the beautiful town, nestled at the Alappuzha District of Kerala. Braided with the scenic beauty of the backwaters, canals, lagoons and beaches Alappuzha is as if a dream turned into reality. The magnificent presence of the dock, the unbroken and sun kissed sea coast has offered a marked dimension to this place whilst making it the "Venice of the East" in the worls tourism map.
The word Alappuzha is derived from two words, Ala means `broad` and Puzha means `river`. Alappuzha has immense potential for the ever-expanding tourism industry in Kerala, which is located in South India. Alappuzha, flanked by the Arabian Sea on one side is one of the most important backwater destinations in Kerala.
In earlier days this place was known as Alleppey, and during that time in the first decade of the 20th century the then Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon visited the state. Seeing the exhilarant beauty of the place he was mesmerized and named the place as "Venice of the East". In the world tourism map this place is known by this name also. This place is very much famous for its houseboat holidays, coir industry, picturesque lagoons, rich and profuse marine life, etc which has aided in developing the tourism industry of Alappuzha.
Alappuzha Tourism Arabian Sea With the recent development of the tourism industry of Alappuzha, the place has become the tourist`s haven laced with its picturesque surroundings. The tourists can go on sailing on a houseboat that is on kettuvallam or catch a glimpse of the countrified lifestyle of the people. The view of the countryside is at its best with the vibrant villages that will fall on the way. Get greeted the place by flocks of ducks. Any one can watch the entire process of coir making in this land that is full of coconut canopies and be enthralled by the magic of the rich greenery all over the place.
The presence of a port and a dock, crisscrossed roads and numerous bridges across them, a long and unbroken seacoast helps in enhancing the tourism industry in leaps and bounce. According to history Alapuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in B.C and in the Middle Ages. For example, Purakkad an ancient port near Alappuzha was Barace for them. From past onwards people from different religions such as Gujratis, Parsur, Mamens and Anglo Indians came at this place and built churches, mosques and temples respectively all of which has architectural magnificence. Such sites are worth beholding. Tourism in Alappuzha is therefore a flourishing industry with a number of resorts all over the place, which cater to the needs of the growing tourism sector.