Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a town in central Kerala. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as Venice of the East by Lord Curzon.
In Jan 2009, our family made a 4-day trip to Alappuzha. We stayed at the delightful homestay Keraleeyam
right on the world famous backwaters. We made several boat trips along the backwaters and also land trips to the local markets and Ambalappuzha town.
Alappuzha is the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" can be hired for short to long trips in the backwaters. These house boats typically have 2 bed rooms and attached bath rooms. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in traditional style. The leisurely cruises show a slice of life on the backwaters.
Near Alappuzha is Ambalappuzha a small town known for its Sri Krishna Temple which was built in the year 790 AD. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple.