Zone: South
Headquarters: Alappuzha
Telephone Access Code: +91 477
Altitude: Sea level
Area: 1414 sq. km
Population: 2,109,160 (2011 census)

Referred to as the 'Venice of the East' by travellers from across the world, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Caressed by the Arabian Sea in the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, this backwater country shelters some unique animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed an exclusive place in the maritime history of Kerala. Famous for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry, the singularity of this land is the region called Kuttanad - a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. This one-time prosperous trading and fishing centre is today a world renowned backwater tourist destination.

Tourist information offices:

Getting there

By road: Alappuzha KSRTC Bus Station, Enquiry Ph: +91 477 2252501
By rail: Alappuzha Railway Station, Enquiry Ph: +91 477 2253965
By air: Nearest international airports: Thiruvananthapuram (150 km) &  Nedumbassery, Kochi (88 km)
By water: Alappuzha Boat Jetty, Enquiries Ph: +91 477 2252015; SWTD (public boat service enquiry) Ph: 2252510

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