Well known from the second half of 18th century under the ruler Raja Kesavadas, Alleppey had trade and business
activities with Europe, especially Greece and Rome from mid-B.C’s and middle ages. When the Portuguese power
declined in the 17th century, the Dutch had established a predominant position in the principalities of Alleppey.
Kuttanad of Alleppey is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea-level. Alleppey is
strongly connected by water ways to various parts of Kerala. This town with picturesque canals, backwaters and
lagoons is described and nicknamed as “VENICE OF THE EAST” by the then viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. Today this
town is mostly known as a tourist destination of Kerala.