Alleppey, or Alappuzha is famed across the world for its vast scenic undulating network of freshwater lakes, lagoons, canals, and rivers that comprise the backwaters.
While the freshwater backwaters are settled on the eastern side amongst lush velvet green paddy fields and are interspersed with small quaint villages, the Arabian sea forms another natural azure border on the western perimeter.
Thus, thousands of International and domestic tourists visit Alleppey every year. The normal tourist season begins by mid October and ends by mid May. Although, another world renowned event, the snake boat race regatta attracts throngs of tourists in the 2nd week of August, giving a fillip to tourism even in the off season.
The secret beach is 20 minutes drive north of Alleppey. A quiet beach situated by the side of a fishing village, it has sugary white sand and rows of coconut palms that fringe this picture perfect beach.
The Mannarsala Nagaraja temple is 40 minutes drive south of Alleppey. An ages old temple dedicated to women, it is a sprawling, atmospheric place with stone carvings and figuries of sakes all over the temple courtyard.
Population of Aleppey – 21,21,943.
The population is predominantly Hindu, with a growing number of Christians and an even more increasing number of Muslims .
Economy- Agriculture based.
Kutanad, a scenic village along the backwaters is known as the rice bowl of Kerala.
Coir industry, fishing- both marine and freshwater as well as traditional industries based on coir, marine products and handlooms, toddy tapping are the other idustries prevailing in Alappuzha.
Over the last ten to 15 years, tourism, and specifically the houseboat industry has risen to establish itself as one of the major emerging industries in Alappuzha.
Geography and climate- 1,414 square kilometers. Tropical weather.
Aleppey, like the rest pf Kerala has only 2 seasons. The rainy season and summer. The monsoon breaks out over Kerala in the 1st week of June. June and July is peak of monsoon when it rains daily. The monsoon, on the wane extends to mid December. January to May are the generally dry summer months. It is humid during the summer.
Transport- Alleppey is connected by rail, road and over water. The nearest airport is in Kochi, 2 hours drive away.