Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is an important destination inKerala Tourism and famous for its beaches, canals, streams, backwaters and lagoons and is affectionately called the Venice of the East. Alleppey is the most important tourist destinations in Kerala Tourism as it is famous for its boat cruises, boat races, beach resorts, backwater resorts and lake resorts. Alleppey is also the center of coir industry in Kerala and boasts of having the largest number of coir factories in Kerala. Historical reminiscence show that Alleppey had one of the best ports in ancient times and trade relations existed with Greece and Rome.

Alleppey backwaters and canals facilitates the center for houseboat cruises and backwater tourism in Kerala and facilities are available for houseboat cruises along the Kerala backwaters. There are Kerala Ayurveda treatment centers, Backwater hotels and resorts in Alleppey.

Tourist attractions in Alleppey

The major tourist attraction in Alleppey is Alleppey Beach, Alleppey Backwaters, Krishnapuram Palace, Ambalapuzha Temple, Aruthunkal Chruch, Mullackal Temple, Alleppey Backwaters site.


Kumarakom, the famous backwater tourist destination in Kerala is located about 12 kms from Kottayam. This place can be reached through a voyage from Alappuzha. Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise in Kerala, God's own country. This rich green, sleepy little village of Kumarkom is located on the Vembanad lake amidst mangrove forests and coconut groves. Kumarakom is an enchanting picnic spot and provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The slender coconut palms standing here, there and everywhere, its never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind. On the scenic Vembanad lake you will come across plenty of traditional country crafts or houseboats, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways. The backwater houses a variety of species of both fauna and flora and marine life.

Kumarakom is also considered to be the gateway to the famous backwaters of Kuttanad. Kumarakom is also the home of various sprawling ethnic waterfront resorts. These resorts offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing and swimming. The adventurous could indulge in water sports such as windsailing and waterskiing. Kumarakom is also a center for houseboat cruises.

Kumarakom enjoys a well balanced tropical climate. The temperature ranges between 16.10 degree Celsius to 37.80 degree Celsius. There is always a cool, fresh breeze, which makes even the warmest weather readily agreeable. The best time to visit Kumarakom is from November to March.

Tourist attractions in Kumarakom
The major tourist attraction in Kumarakom is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a world famous bird sanctuary. This sanctuary is an ornithologist’s paradise. Some migratory birds migrate during the winter from across the world including the Siberian stork. The other tourist attractions in Kumarakom are Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Pathiramanal, Erumely, Aranmula, Vagamon, Elaveezha Poonchira and Vaikom.