Alleppey is popularly known as Venice of the East thanks to the pristine backwaters that surround the town. The backwaters are formed by more than 900 km of waterways. Besides the houseboat experience, there are plenty of other attractions for you to explore. Read on to know more:
Alleppey Beach: The waters of the Arabian Sea are a serene getaway place and one of the best beaches to relax on a quiet evening. They have strong currents during the monsoons. Several freshwater rivers crisscross and waters of the various lakes merge with the beach. The dock at this beach is around 140 years old. The beach is known for its beautiful, vast expanse of sands and turquoise blue water. An impressive lighthouse at the beach offers a bird’s eye view of the sea. The Vijaya Park along the shore is a great place to visit with family and kids.
Vembanad Lake: Vembanad Lake is the longest and the largest lakes in India. It stretch for about 110 km and spans 3 districts. A small island, Pathiramanal, in the lake hosts hundreds of rare birds migrating from across the world. Impressed by the traditional sporting scene witnessed during one of this visits, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru instituted Nehru Boat Race Trophy conducted on this lake.
Karumadikuttan: The black granite statue of Lord Buddha known as Karumadikuttan is located in a small village, Karumadi, near Ambalapuzha. The statue is broken into half and is under the protection of Archeological Survey of India. The statue dates back to 10th century and is found in the sitting position on the banks of Punnamada Lake in the backwaters.