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Alappuzha Kerala

Vembanad Kayal between Alappuzha and Kottayam districts of Kerala is the largest backwater in Kerala and the area surrounding it is called ‘Kuttanad’. Its history dates back to the Tamil Sangam age (3rd century BC to 4th century AD). The early Cheras, who had their home in Kuttanad, were called ‘Kuttuvans’, taking their name after this place. One of the most powerful kings in the dynasty, Cheran Senkuttavan, is said to have ruled his vast kingdom covering Kuttanad.

J MADHU RANTHAKAN is a software professional and a hobbyist photographer interested in sculptures and heritage temple architecture. He also loves photographing nature and children. He is a native of Pollachi in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu.

Alappuzha – Kerala’s Enchanted Water World

Alappuzha -- the name means “broad river” in Malayalam -- is famous for its backwaters, houseboats, boat races, temples and seafood. These attractions have earned it the moniker “Venice of the East.” Founded in 1762 by Raja Keshavadasan, Diwan of the princely state of Travancore under Maharaja Raja Rama Varma, it is considered to be the oldest planned town in the region. This year Alappuzha, formerly known by its Anglicised name of Alleppey, celebrates its 250th anniversary. Yahoo! reader J MADHU RANTHAKAN presents a compilation of captivating images of this enchanting town.