Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a tropical coastal town in a region webbed by canals and fishing areas on the southern coast of the state of Kerala. Lying on a narrow land spit between the Arabian Sea and Vembanad Lake, south of Kochi (formerly Cochin), southern coastal state of Kerala. The British opened Alleppey’s port to foreign trade in the late 18th century to end the commercial supremacy of the Dutch trading post at Porakad, a short distance away.
Alappuzha is the known as ‘houseboat city’ as it is from here that many Keralan backwaters cruises commence and end. Chugging slowly on these vessels through the shallow, palm-fringed waters visitors see a part of Keralan society that revolves around fishing and the processing of coir (coconut fibre), copra (dried coconut meat) and cashews.
Alappuzha is also famous for Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race that is held annually on the second Saturday in August at Lake Vembanad. Scores of long, low-slung snake boats crewed by up to 100 rowers apiece and shaded by gleaming silk umbrellas compete for the Nehru Cup at this popular regatta that celebrates the seafaring traditions of ancient Kerala.
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