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Alappuzha Kerala

Alappuzha's allure is not merely in its backwaters, but in the small islands protected by mud walls and paddyfields covered with water throughout the year. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, is one of the few places in the earth where agriculture is carried out four to ten feet below sea level. These areas showcase indigenous agricultural engineering and remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland.

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.