Alleppey is best known for its backwaters - a mesh of picturesque lagoons and serene canals. Believed to be one of the oldest planned cities in the state, It was rated the cleanest town in the country according to a recent survey conducted by the Centre of Science & Environment. Adjudged the ‘Venice of the East’ owing to its breathtaking beaches and backwaters, Alleppey is best enjoyed by way of a houseboat cruise. Alleppey also hosts the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race in the month of August. Apart from tourism, the major contributors to the revenue of Alleppey include marine (such as fresh fish) and agricultural products (such as coir and coconut oil). Farming is the most common occupation in Alleppey. To get to Alleppey, you can make use of four modes of transport: air (Cochin International Airport), road (NH 66, SH 11, SH 40, SH 66, also two bus terminals), water (National Waterway-3), and rail (Ernakulam–Kayamkulam coastal line). If you require a fair bit of privacy and do not wish to spend too much on accommodation, opt for a homestay in Alleppey. Homestays are basically small to medium sized villas/cottages/apartments where you can stay for short or long periods. Usually run by a family or a retired professional, a homestay ensures the basic comforts that you get at your own home. Homemade food (mostly from the regional cuisines) is commonly offered at an Alleppey homestay. The facilities offered at budget homestays in Alleppey include free Wifi, complimentary breakfast, on-site parking, prompt room service, in-house/outsourced laundry service, and an attached balcony. The in-room amenities would include air-conditioning, a hot-water kettle (with provisions to make tea and coffee), a television with DTH/cable, and toiletries. The famous tourist spots in Alleppey would also not be too far away from these homestays. Aside from the backwaters, the list of fascinating tourist spots in Alleppey include Pathiramanal, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, St. Andrew's Basilica, Mullakkal Temple, Alappuzha Beach, Mannarasala Temple, Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple, Krishnapuram Palace, Padanilam Parabrahma Temple, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church, and Edathua Church. Some of the best restaurants in Alleppey include Halais, Thaff, Cafe Catamaran, Dreamers Cafe, Memories, Mushroom, Cassia, Avees Puttu House, The Harbour, and Makkani.
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