Alappuzha (or Alleppey), known as the "Venice of the east” for its network of canals, is one of the most important tourist destinations in the state.
More than all else, this is where the houseboats of Kerala’s popular houseboat cruises belong. The Kayamkulam lake and the Vembanad lake form the backwaters of this district’s connection to the Arabian sea, and have been used for transport of cargo and passengers from ancient times. But ever since the Kettuvalloms – the local rice transport boats – were modified to make houseboats for travelers to experience the scenic backwaters, the old waterways have become one of the most sought after experiences for tourists in Kerala.
The places you have to visit while in Alappuzha, in addition to taking a houseboat cruise, include the Krishnapuram palace – now an archeological museum, Kuttanad – known for its scenic countryside and below-sea-level farming, Mullackal Rajarajeswari temple in Alappuzha town, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – dedicated to the King of Serpents – in Haripad, a boat race – of which the Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race is most popular, Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple in Mavelikkara – one of the five temples supposed to have been founded by Lord Parashuram, the mythological founder of Kerala, famous for its huge oil lamp that has more than a thousand wicks and its Kumbha Bharani festival every year, Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple – believed to have been built in the first century CE, etc.
By Air - Kochi Airport is the nearest airport for Alappuzha.
By Rail - Alaphuzha is well connected by rail.
By Road - The district has excellent road connections