A net work of Canals, Lagoons and Lakes, one end falling into the broad Vembanadu lake and the other end to the Ashtamudi lake. A total of 38 rivers, extending almost half the length of Kerala. Lot of villages on the banks of these rivers depending these rivers for water, freshwater fish varieties including shells. Alleppey / Allapuzha is known as the Venice of the east.. Kuttanad is the rice bowl of Kerala with acres of Paddy fields. Aquatic species like crabs, mudskippers, frogs, birds like kingfishers, darters, cormorants, animals like turtles, are found here and a natural habitat.
House boats are available here with all ranges of 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms. Resorts and Hotels including Alleppey lake palace, ramada, are functioning here for the tourists. Alleppey is connected with a railway station and with National Highway. The famous boat race called Nehru Trophy conducts on second Saturday of August month in every year.
Alleppey backwater is connected with Kumarakom backwater and are almost same or similar with all the Geographical features. Alleppey to Kumarakom by road is almost 35 Kilometer. Cochin to Alleppey is 55 Kilometer and Trivandrum to Alleppey is 150 Kilometer