Alappuzha (Alleppey)is a city in Kerala and is considered to be the oldest planned city in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the city is the first of its kind. It is an important tourist destination in India. The Backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. It is the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India.
Alappuzha station is well connected by rail and one can directly reach by train, its also connected by roads and by flight the nearest airport is kochi and from there local buses will take you to alappuzha. On 16th January I started my journey from Chennai for a business trip to Kerala, I booked bus from Chennai around 7 pm to cherthala. Buses can be booked online from red-bus. It took almost 12 hrs to reach cherthala,I reached by 6:30 am in the morning and took a room in the near city guest house which costed me 450 rs for 24 hrs, after taking bath and finishing my work by 10 am I was free till evening, so decided to go to alleppey which was 45 mins from cherthala.