Washed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, Alappuzha, the Venice of the East welcomes you to the backwaters of Kerala. The Palm fringed canals and shores bustling with glimpses from the day to day life in the country side, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and its long sandy beach has blessed Alappuzha, the water locked district, to become one of the best Backwater tourism destinations in God's Own Country. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products, and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is a region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is also called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
Alappuzha is now the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer durations to take visitors on the old waterways. One night cruise on the backwaters of the Alappuzha is one of the most popular cruises offered. These house boats in general have 2 or more bedrooms and attached bathrooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional style.
Alappuzha Beach is referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world; this Backwater Country is also home to diverse animal andbird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala . The beach has a small park nearby. Alappuzha Lighthouse stands near the beach which is also a curiosity for tourists.