Aleppey or Alapuzha is one of the oldest planned cities of Kerala and was recently awarded the cleanest city in India. It is best known for its houseboat cruises along the famous Kerala backwaters. Alapuzha beach is home to one of the oldest lighthouses in the state and offers the view of the Laccadive Sea.
The town is known as ‘Venice of the East’ because of its numerous canals, lagoons, beaches and backwaters. Vembanad Lake surrounds the city where six major rivers spread out before joining the long coastline. Aleppey is also home to Kuttanad, the granary of Kerala. It is one of the few paddy fields in world where farming is done below the sea level. The place is famous for the annual boat race conducted during the festival of Onam and is a major tourist attraction. The climate is hot and humid during summers as it lies so close to the coastal area and remains cool in the months of October and November.