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Alappuzha Kerala

A wide selection of scenic routes is available for houseboat cruises. Choose one that suits your budget and schedule. Houseboats are mainly based at Alleppey and Kumarakom. A one-night cruise may be too short. Daily backwater tours – ranging from one hour to a full day – are also available.

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.