One of the main tourist destinations in Kerala, Alleppey is renowned for its tranquil surroundings and beautiful backwaters. Because of the numerous networks of canals, rivers and lagoons, Alleppey is hailed as the Venice of India.
Alleppey was once a bustling centre of trade with different parts of the world. In fact, it was one of the main ports on the Malabar Coast of the Indian peninsula. The state is still renowned for its coir products and coconut oil production along with the many waterways that are lifeline of this part of India. For the past few decades, tourism has emerged as an important industry.
The peak tourist season in Alleppey is between November and March when the weather is pleasant, warm and dry. Spending Christmas and even Easter in Alleppey is quite popular amongst holidaymakers from the northern hemisphere. The locals speak Malayalam though most of them can converse comfortably in English.