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Alappuzha Kerala

A Kerala houseboat is about 60 to 100 feet long and around 12 to 18 feet wide in the middle. House boats have fully furnished single, double and triple air-conditioned bedrooms, an exquisite sundeck, comfortable chairs, classy kitchen and toilet. There are separate restrooms for the boat crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. Some boats are equipped with solar power. A leisurely ride on a houseboat or a small snakeboat is enough for you to rejuvenate your holiday. Sailing on the gentle water is a lifetime experience.

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.