Alappuzha caressed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, occupies a significant place in the backwater map of Kerala. Interlocked with a large number of canals and bridges, this water locked district has immense untapped potential for backwater tourism. Alappuzha has several canals and lakes well in shape for a boat cruise.
Three prominent rivers in the southern grid to Kerala viz Achankovil, Pamba and Manimala empty into the lakes. The Vembanad Lake stretches from Alleppey to Cochin and Kayamkulam Lake which lies in both Alappuzha and Quilon districts are used for inland water transport of Cargo and Passengers.