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Alappuzha or Alleppey is an entrancing region of awe-inspiring natural beauty with the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast tangle of cerulean lakes, serene backwaters and freshwater rivers,.It is usually referred as the Venice of the East.
Alappuzha lies at the western part of Kerala. It is the smallest district of the state of Kerala. It stretches from 9o05-9o54 north latitude and 76o17 30"-76o40 east longitude.The word Alappuzha is derived from two words, Ala and Puzha meaning a broad river.
The total area of Alappuzha is1,414 sq. km. It comprises a total population of 2,105,349, with the density of population being 1492 persons per sq. km, according to the census of 2001. The literacy rate is 93.66 %.
The places of interest are Pathiramanal island, Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram palace, Karimadikkuttan temple, Kumarakodi etc. Kuttanad, also known as the rice bowl of Kerala is located at the centre of the backwaters of Alappuzha and encompasses a large cultivated region of crops. The intricate network of canals and backwaters connect the city to the districts or cities of Kottayam and Kochi.
In the recent days, Alappuzha has developed as a major backwater tourist centre and is renowned for its pristine beaches, exciting boat races, romantic houseboat holidays and coir industry.
For a detailed map of the district, click alappuzha location
For more on the backwater district, click alappuzha.com
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