Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a pleasant, easy-going market town surrounded by coconut-palm plantations and built on the canals which service the coir industry of the backwaters. There is one event on the second Saturday of August. This is the snakeboat race for the Nehru Cup. Nehru Cup Snakeboat Race : The famous regatta takes place every year on 14 August. On that day, scores of long, low-slung dugouts with highly decorated sterns and upto 100 rovers shaded by gleaming silk umbrellas compete for the cup, watched from the banks by thousands of spectators. The annual events celebrate the seafaring and martial traditions of ancient Kerala. Tickets for the race are available on the day from numerous ticket stands. This entitles to a seat on the bamboo terraces which are erected for the occasion and from which you will get an excellent view over the lake.



GETTING THERE AND AWAY TRAIN There is a new broad-gauge line which runs up the coast to Ernakulam. The 57 km journey takes 1.5 hours. BOAT The nornal state backwaters ferry between Alappuzha and Kollam, which the local use, departs Kollam at 10.30 am and from Alappuzha at 10:30 pm. If you want to travel during the hours of daylight between Alappuzha and Kollam, you will have to take a more expensive boat. There are two options. The cheaper of the two is the State Water Transport Tourist Service boat which depart Alappuzha daily at 10 am, and arrives in Kollam at 6.30 pm. The other option is the tourist boat operated by the Alleppey Tourism Development C0-op. Society which has its office in the Karthika Tourist Home.

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