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Kerala - Alappuzha-Alleppey - Kerala’s Venice of the East

Back to the sunny Kerala and the colours of India.

Alappuzha (the former Alleppey) bears the nickname of ‘Venice of the East’.
Many places on earth are compared to the northern Italian city. Of course there’s only one Venice.

But no doubt there are a lot of canals in and around Alappuzha. These are the famous Kerala’s backwaters and Alappuzaha is the hub of these backwaters.

On these pictures you see the North Canal in the centre of Alappuzha.
In the centre of town the canal is very dirty. A lot of junk and plastic was thrown in the water.
In certain places there are a lot of aquatic plants that hide the dirt a bit but the smell is not immediately pleasant either.

Of course there’s little point in staying on the canal in the city. The intention is to leave Alappuzha by boat and head for the smaller canals where the water is clean. There the backwaters are a nice experience.
Still I have some pictures of the North Canal that I liked.

During my journey through the south of India I had sunshine every day and the sunlight made the colours of the boats sparkle.
The big building you see is a new hotel named ‘Haveli’. The architecture did not fit Kerala at all. I’m not sure if it represents the havelis from Rajasthan correctly. I liked the added colour on the picture.
The star on top of the building was placed there because of the Christmas period. Relatively many Christians live in Alappuzha.

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