Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a city in Alapuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alleppey is a town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, and was described as “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon. Alappuzha is also the venue for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake. The spectacular race takes place on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India. Alapuzha is one of the lowest areas in India with many rice fields being a few meters below sea level. In recent times, tourism has become a major source of revenue. This is mainly due to the presence of houseboats that provide the tourists a view of the scenic backwaters around Alleppey.