When Lord Curzon arrived at Alappuzha he was so smitten by its natural beauty that he exclaimed, “Allepey! Venice of the East” and that is how Alleppey, which was later renamed Alappuzha, got its name. Centre for Science and Environment rated Alappuzha as the cleanest town in India. It is reminiscent with swaying coconut palms, canals, backwaters, beaches, paddy fields and lagoons. It is considered to be one among the oldest planned city. Its picturesque landscape has made it the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. The backwaters have opened up to a host of houseboat operators drawing tourists from all over the world. Alappuzha is the entry point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake in August every year. The other attractions in Alappuzha are Mullackal chirap – celebrations held for ten days every year in December, the old lighthouse built on the Laccadive sea coast, Alappuzha beach, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna temple, St. Andrew's Basilica, Arthunkal, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Edathua Church, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church – the oldest Anglican church in Central Kerala and Champakulam Valia Palli. Alappuzha is also famous for the Punnapra-Vayalar uprising against the British. Kuttanad in Alappuzha is christened the rice bowl or granary of Kerala. Alappuzha beach is a popular tourist spot as it is not so crowded like the other beaches in Kerala. The dock near it that extends into the sea is over 137 years old. The annual floods in Alappuzha help in abundance of marine life. The place is also home to variety of migratory birds. Cashing in on the popularity of the place, plenty of resorts have sprung up to accommodate the tourist during the peak season.
A little over 31 kms from Alappuzha is the coastal village of Andhakaranazhy and Andhakaranazhy Beach. Famous for its white sandy beach, this place draws visitors but in small proportion. Years of sand sedimentation or Azhy along this beach has resulted in an isthmus lake. A new bridge has been constructed near the southern barge across the isthmus lake whose walkway stretches into the sea for the tourists to have a splendid view of the sunset. A tall and magnificent lighthouse near the Andhakaranazhy stands towering to make the landscape a tourist attraction. This place is a popular location for film shooting. It's a calm and serene beach and if developed with careful planning can become a major tourist hub. There are some home-stays available near the beach that provides all the facilities and comfort to ensure you have a relaxing holiday.