Alleppey is a town with extensive canal network interspersed with bridges. Hence it is commonly referred to as the Venice of the South India.

The town is known for its water carnivals, the most popular event being the Snake Boat Race, which is organised on the second Saturday of August every year. 120 oarsmen move their oars in unison and row these decorated Snake Boats. This competitive sport attracts thousands of people from various parts of the country every year.

Alleppey is also a coconut town and is known for the manufacture of coir yarn, mats and allied goods. Mullackal Bhagavathy temple in Alleppey is an ancient mother Goddess temple.