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Boats, Beaches, And Culture: A Guide To Alappuzha In Kerala

Hang out at Alappuzha Beach which has an old lighthouse and a century-old pier. Explore the backwaters in a houseboat. Take in a dose of culture. There is much to do in Alappuzha

Tree-lined canals of Alappuzha Photo: Christian Ouellet/Shutterstock

Discover the magical charm of Alappuzha, popularly known as the Venice of the East. This stunning destination in Kerala is an ideal getaway for those who wish to immerse in a rich maritime history, beautiful backwaters, and a beach with an ancient lighthouse and pier. The Alappuzha beach is also known for adventure sports. And don't miss the famous boat races. Carved out of erstwhile Kottayam and Kollam (Quilon) districts, the district was formed in August 1957. Incidentally, this region had a prominent role in various social movements. The campaign for the eradication of untouchability was organised in this district by erstwhile journalist TK Madhavan in 1925, when the approach roads to the temples, especially to Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swami temple, were thrown open to all castes under Hinduism. Here is a guide to the many charms of Alappuzha.