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The Preserve Alleppey Project was started by the Lion Ladies Club of Alleppey in 2000. The realization that there was an urgent need to preserve the character of the town was the motivating factor. The potential of tourism could be tapped to achieve this end.
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Alleppey is nestled between the Arabian Sea and the large Vembanad Lake, part of the famous backwaters of Kerala. It is also known as 'Houseboat City' and is at the spearhead of the tourism surge in Kerala. The backwaters have been listed as one of the 50 Must See Destinations of a life time by the National Geographic. Alleppey is on every tourist's itinerary in Kerala and as a result many beach resorts, lake resorts, budget accommodation and heritage home stays have sprung up. Houseboat cruises through the narrow canals, rivers and lakes is an unforgettable experience.

While backwater tourism brings many people to Alleppey not many visitors come into the town, missing an opportunity to see a place with a different character to any other in the State. It is the only planned town in Kerala. It was built as a port for the erstwhile Travancore State in 1776 when the waterways were the main means of transport. The unique feature of the town is the two canals connecting the backwaters to the sea. Produce from the rich hinterland was transported by rice boats to the coast. These have been transformed into the present day houseboats. People from all over India were invited by the Diwan, Raja Keshav Das to settle and carry on trade in the town. This has resulted in an interesting melting pot of diverse cultures.
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