Alleppey is one
of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a large
network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the
east". These large network of canals provide Alleppey its
lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in
the past with one of the best known ports along the malabar
coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir
carpet industries and prawn farming.
ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits
to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of
Aranmula, famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which
is an annual event.