Alappuzha or Alleppey is a place where beauty abounds and nature’s surprises await you at every turn. This land of timeless beauty will hold spectators captivated with its lush greenery, emerald backwaters and sparkling white-sand beaches. Situated in the southwestern part of Kerala, the place is famous for its stunning natural splendors. Alleppey, popularly known as the “Venice of the East”, is famous for its labyrinthine network of backwaters and canals and its extensive sea shore stretching over 82 km. Being flanked by an extensive network of backwaters and, paddy fields, the inhabitants of Alleppey lead a distinct water-based lifestyle quite unique to the region. The region is well acclaimed for its religious tolerance - with people from different walks of faith living together harmoniously and peacefully for centuries. The “Vallamkaly” or Snake Boat Race, a major event held in the backwaters of Alleppey attracting hoards of travelers, is supposedly the biggest team-sport event in the world. Marthanda Varma Maharaja, the erstwhile ruler of the princelyTravancore state, made Alappuzha his stronghold bastion after he defeated the Dutch in the 17th century. In the year 1762 AD, Raja Kesavadasan, the then Diwan of Travancore, built an extensive network of canals crisscrossing the town of Alleppey, which became a crucial factor that fuelled the economic growth of the region.