Popularly known as the Venice of the East, attracts numerous tourists for its boat-trips. The network of lagoons and rivers bordered by the sea, form the lifeline of transport in this region. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty.

                               Today, Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry.
                               A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

Boat Races: It is held in the months of August and September when the earth is moist and rain-drenched and the glorious backwaters overflows. Hundreds of men and women gather on the banks to witness a spectacular view especially, the Snake Boat Races.
                             The most famous event of boat race is the "Nehru Trophy Boat Race". It is held on the second Saturday of every August. There are a dozen other snake boat races, providing an unforgettable and truly special

scene. The fund of energy, spirit of competition and unerring co-ordination makes this sport extremely dynamic.
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