Alappuzha – Kerala’s Enchanted Water World

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Amazing Places

Alappuzha — the name means “broad river” in Malayalam — is famous for its backwaters, houseboats, boat races, temples and seafood. These attractions have earned it the moniker “Venice of the East.” Founded in 1762 by Raja Keshavadasan, Diwan of the princely state of Travancore under Maharaja Raja Rama Varma, it is considered to be the oldest planned town in the region. This year Alappuzha, formerly known by its Anglicised name of Alleppey, celebrates its 250th anniversary.

At sunset, the waters gleam with sunrays and take on a golden sheen. When the boats are docked for the night you can walk around the small villages and shops, meet the local people and see the traditional way of transportation in water.

Alappuzha – Kerala’s Enchanted Water World


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