Alappuzha Backwaters have a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss crossing it. Alleppey or commonly know as Alappuzha is a Land Mark between the broad Arabian sea and a net work of rivers flowing into it. Etymologically the word Alappuzha is derived from two words, Ala and Puzha. According to Dr. Gundert the German Lexicographer, Ala means broad and Puzha is river. It is a Land Mark between the broad Arabian sea and a net work of rivers .In the early first decade of the 20th Century the then Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon made a visit in the State to Alleppey, now Alappuzha. Fascinated by the Scenic beauty of the place, in joy and amazement, he said, “Here nature has spent up on the land her richest bounties”. In his exhilaration, it is said, he exclaimed, “Alleppey, the Venice of the East”. Thus the sobriquet found its place in the world Tourism Map. The presence of a port and a pier, criss -cross roads and numerous bridges across them, a long and unbroken sea coast might have motivated him to make this comparison.
Alappuzha Backwaters have a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it. You can avail the chance of watching some of the rare migratory birds and diverse animals. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. It has wonderful hotels and resorts to make your stay a comfortable one.