The southern Indian state of Kerala is home to the stunning backwaters of Alappuzha. Lying in the Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala, Alappuzha’s great allure is not only its backwaters but also its endless stretches of paddy growing on water-filled fields reclaimed from the sea, a silvery beach, tranquil lagoons, and emerald coconut palms.
The lifeline of Alappuzha are its navigable canals – at least six of them – connecting it to the intricate weave of backwater trails (Punnamada Kayal) that come alive with revamped kettuvalloms (ancient rice barges) and earning it the sobriquet ‘Venice of the East’. Alappuzha’s location between the Arabian Sea and the magnificent Vembanad Lake affords it a unique blend of fresh and saltwater eco-systems.
In Alappuzha, rediscover the rare joys of life lived at a languid pace with a luxurious backwater cruise aboard a kettuvallom – it is undoubtedly the finest way to experience the region’s outstanding natural beauty and observe daily life unfold in the quaint lake-side villages. The Punnamada Kayal here is also the starting point of Kerala’s famous snake-boat races – not to be missed if you happen to visit during the season. (Traditionally old barges used to ferry rice and spices, the kettuvalloms today serve as houseboats equipped with every facility; allowing guests to explore the gorgeous backwaters in comfort).
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