Quaint green Alleppey is the perfect point from where to begin a romantic Kerala backwater cruise. In fact most of the Kerala backwater cruises begin from the Punnamada Jetty in Alleppey that is also known as Alappuzha.
The venue of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Alleppey is a spectacular green holiday hideout. The very Alleppey air seems to have a healing effect on tired senses as you gaze at uninterrupted vistas of half submerged paddy fields.
Alleppey or Alappuza was established by Maharaja Kesavadasan in 1762. Gradually coir factories and paddy fields developed in the region making it an important center of trade and commerce in Kerala, India.
The Church Missionary Society established its headquarters in Alleppey in 1816. Within a few years foreign ships began to visit Alleppey for trade in coir. English traders set up several coir factories.
The first Anglican Church was constructed in 1819. Alleppey was the first to have a fully functional post office that was established in the year 1859.
The main tourist attraction in Alleppey is of course its network of backwaters - still, green and cool.
The other Alleppey tourist attractions that qualify as 'must visits' are the Ambalpuzha Temple, Krishnapuram Palace, Edatgya Church, Alappuzha Beach and the Mannarsala Nag Raja Temple.
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