5. Alleppey, Kerala, India
Alleppey city of Kerala State of Southern India is known as ‘Venice of East’. The picturesque city contains a network of lagoons, rivers and lakes. It is a part of great Kerala backwaters, 1500 km long network of canals, lakes and freshwater rivers.
The Vembanad backwater is the one of the beautiful part of Kerala backwaters located in Alleppey city. In addition to large Vembanad Lake the backwaters of Alleppey also include a network of canals. With a surface area of 2033 square kilometers the Vembanad Lake is the largest lake in Kerala state.
You can hire houseboats and speed boats to cruise through the canals of Alleppey city. It brings a different aspect of culture and breathtaking natural beauty of the city.
Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alappuzha is a municipality in Kerala with an urban population of 174,164 and third among the districts having highest literacy rate in Kerala. In 2016, Centre for Science and Environment rated Alappuzha as the top cleanest town in India followed by Panaji & Mysuru. Alappuzha is considered to be the oldest planned city in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the city is the first of its kind along the Laccadive Sea coast.