Located midway between Kollam and Kochi is Alleppey. It is 63 kms from Ernakulam and 155 kms from Thekkady.
Alleppey was an old trading port. Its interconnecting canals and wealthy trading history afforded the title The Venice of the East. Raja Kesava Das is hailed as the Maker of modern Alleppey'. He constructed roads, canals and built warehouses. In 1859, the first modern factory for the manufacture of coir mats and mattings was established.
Alleppey's cuisine is extremely rich and delicious. Juicy, fresh produce is used to make regional delicacies. Sea food is the highlight of this coastal region and a glass of toddy is used to complement any meal.
Perhaps the most famous festivals held in Alleppey and in the surrounding villages are the annual snakeboat races. It is a major tourist attraction. Alleppey is the land of the backwaters and cruises on them is a favourite amongst visitors. Some of India's oldest churches can be found in and around Alleppey. Read more
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Sights and attractions in and around Alleppey
The Nehru Trophy snakeboat race is held in August and is a major draw amongst travellers. In December each year, a beach festival is held in Alleppey. It involves cultural events and a procession of 50 elephants. In August Onam, a harvest festival is celebrated every year. Smaller versions of Onam's Sadya feast are served all year round. Alleppey is generally quite humid. It is at its most pleasant during winter. The temperature ranges from 22 to 35°C in summer and 20 to 32°C in winter. Monsoon falls between May and September.