Alleppey is a favourite of many travellers because of it,s fantastic situation at the heart of the world famous Kerala backwaters. Houseboat cruises are the key to enjoying the inland lakes and rivers of the backwaters and Alleppey is a great place to begin a cruise with houseboat hire one of the reasons that tourists gather here. Whether you choose a day cruise, an overnight stay onboard, or a longer trip , everything is available here at Alleppey.

The western beach is popular with families as it is flat and clean, the now ruined pier was once used by trading ships. North of town is Marari, a fishing village where you can watch the fisherman launch their boats from the beautiful golden sands with a backdrop of waving palm trees.

Magnificent Snake Boat races take place in August, each racing boat carries 100 people and it is an amazing specatacle. The Nehru Trophy race is the most prestigious, it was inaugurated in 1952 and is hotly contested.