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Alappuzha

Alappuzha town, which was described in 1292 by Marco Polo as the "Venice of the East", is famous for its backwaters, beaches, canals, lagoons, and the yearly cultural festival the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.

The city has been hosting snake boat races for generations, and it shot up to national and international popularity in 1952, when Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, visited this place. He was so moved by the affection of Alappuzha people who escorted him using huge snake-boats that he donated a trophy to be given to the winner of the race.

This started the famous yearly tradition the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. The Chambakkulam Moolam boat race is another major boat race event hosted by the city.

Alappuzha has several Hindu temples, which pulls thousands of visitors every year. A handful of them have impeccable architecture. Finding devotees standing in queue for hours to enter the temple will not be a rare sight in the city.

The city also has a beach, which attracts many international tourists. Alappuzha Beach is around 5 kilometers from the heart of the city. It is serene, and peaceful. And if you want to experience kettuvallam ride then you should hit the Alappuzha backwaters, where reworked versions of original kettuvallam ferries. These houseboats are fitted with all modern amenities to suit your lifestyle, and make your stay ecastatic. Getting to Alappuzha is not very difficult.

The city has a station which is connected by major railway stations across India. It is also mere 85 kilometers away from Cochin International Airport.