Alleppy, also known as Alappuzha, is a charming town located in Kerala and thought to be one of the oldest planned towns in the region. Its picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons earn it the nickname “Venice of the East”, and canals provide a venue for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the most popular and competitive boat race in the entire country.
The Krishnapuram Palace, which was built here by the Travancore King Marthanda Varma Maharaja in the 18th century, is now an archeological museum that houses many exquisite antique sculptures, intricate and beautiful paintings and superb examples of architecture.
Here you will also find the impressive shrine known as Arthunkal Church, which was built by the Portuguese in honor of St. Sebastian and draws visitors form all over the world for its famous annual feast of its patron saint.
Cochin, or Kochi as it is also known, is an eclectic city shaped in part by the influence over the years of the Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabs and British.
One of the most icon sights in Kochi are the Chinese Fishing nets, which have been around since the 14th century and are amazingly still used in the exact same way today. Visitors can watch fishermen pull and empty the nets and buy the fresh seafood brought back the shore which can then be cooked directly in front of them for a fresh and tasty meal.
Thanks to its many outside influences as well as nature’s great bounty, this area of India is one of the most beautiful in the world.
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