Located 66 km from Kochi, Alappuzha is a little town interlocked by many canals and bridges. It is the headquarters of Alappuzha District, the 'Venice of the East'. In addition to being one among the most popular backwater sites, Alappuzha is also a major center for the coir industry. A network of canals run through the town and a major attraction is the long sandy beach.
Alappuzha experiences temperatures 22 to 35°C in summer and 20 to 32°C during winters. August-September and February-March are ideal for a visit to this place.
The town is famous for its boat race, the main sport of the people in the region. During August-September people from far and near throng to the town to participate in the famous
Nehru Trophy boat race, which is the largest snake boat race in the state. Interesting places to visit in and around Alappuzha include the Krishnapuram Palace and Temple, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mullackal Temple, Kottamkulangara Mahavishnu Temple and Devi Temple, Light House, Champakulam,
The nearest airport is at Kochi, 64 km to the north. Trivandrum International airport is 159 km to the south. Alappuzha is on the
National Highway 47 and is connected to all important towns in south India. The town has its own rail head. Alappuzha is linked by rail to cities such as Kochi, Chennai, Howrah, Bangalore and
Bokaro. The railway station is 5 km from the bus station and ferry station. Frequent ferry services are available to nearby cities.