Alappuzha is a hub of Kerala tourism for its backwaters and house boats. The favourite water channel here is the Vembanad Lake. The Kayamkulam Lake and the interconnected canals are the other water bodies used for backwater cruises. 'Kettuvallams' or house boats are available on hire here. The leisurely cruises mirror glimpses of life on the water side with breath taking views of the rivers, lakes, paddy fields, and small hamlets.
Alappuzha beach is very close to the Alappuzha town and is only about 5 kilometers from the Alappuzha railway station. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over a century old. There is an old lighthouse also on the Alappuzha beach. Alappuzha beach also has the Vijaya Beach Park however it is more of a local entertainment or carnival centre than a tourist attraction of Alappuzha.
Alappuzha - Venice of the East..
Alappuzha is the pivotal point for trips into Kerala's famed backwaters and the state's lush rice bowl, Kuttanadu. Between Quilon to the south and Kottayam to the east lie Alappuzha with some of the most enticing scenery of palm-lined banks, quiet water-bound villages and little boats taking the local people to and fro, everything framed in green!
Pathiramanal, an eco friendly tourist centre is an island in the vembanad lake. A trip to Pathiramanal would be your chance to see several exotic and migratory birds that fly in from far. Kayippuram jetty is from where you can get a boat to Pathiramanal.
Sri Krishna Temple
Sri Krishna Temple at Ambalapuzha 14 kms from Alappuzha has typical temple architectural style of the state. It was in this temple that Kunjan Nambiar staged his first 'Ottan Thullal'
Snake Boat Race
The snake boat races is an event held in the highest esteem in Alappuzha. Held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Nehru Trophy snake boat race takes place every year on the second weekend of August and is a major tourist attraction of Alappuzha.