If one is familiar with the tourist attractions in Kerala, the name Alappuzha would instantly conjure up the image of houseboats cruising through the placid backwaters in Alappuzha. Almost synonymous with the district is its backwater attraction that keeps welcoming tourists from near and far for so many years.
The serene and calm waters, surrounded by lush green palm trees, offer a peaceful escape when the bustles of city life wear you out. Visitors can enjoy scenic boat rides, explore the local cuisine and experience the village life of Kerala. Alappuzha backwaters are also home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including rare migratory birds.
A great many have been told about the maritime history of Kerala and its spice trade with foreign nations. Alappuzha backwaters served as a major hub for trade and agriculture with boats being the primary mode of transportation and commerce. This led to the development of a thriving maritime trade network, with Alappuzha serving as an important centre for the spice trade with countries such as Arabia, Persia and China. The spice trade played a significant role in the economic and cultural development of the region and continues to be an important aspect of its history.
The traditional Kettuvallam houseboats are the best way to experience the scenic beauty of Alappuzha as they leisurely float through the waterways allowing the visitors to take in the serene beauty around.