Kerala the southernmost state of India is
blessed with 44 rivers which reach the Arabian Sea within a
short distance of its origin in the mountains. The narrowness
of the state sandwiches the most productive areas namely the
wetlands between the Western Ghats on the east and the sea on
the west. The rivers spread out as a complex system of backwaters
and lagoons which make the Kerala landscape scenic and green.
The backwaters are inlaid with an intricate network of man-made
canals which are influenced by seasonal rainfall, average rainfall
being 3200 mm, and natural flooding. This creates an ideal situation
for alluvial deposits in the backwaters justifying the highly
productive paddy lands, fishing grounds and diverse human culture.
The economic, ecological and social integrity of Kerala is largely
influenced by this unique backwater system. The Alleppey District
of Kerala symbolizes the confluence of all the natural graces
and beauty. When you travel to Alleppey, the town built in 1752
as a trading centre, also known as the 'Venice of the East',
your eyes will feast on the sight of unending coconut groves,
the sea and limitless backwaters. The smiles on the faces of
the people and the sweat on their brow indicate the enterprising,
secular and highly hospitable inhabitants of this part of Kerala.
Alleppey is flanked by 2195 sq. km.