Rightly termed ‘Venice of the East’ with its intertwining canals and boats, a trip to Alappuzha is not complete without visiting the beach. The Alappuzha beach is a quiet clean beach and is most favoured by locals. This beach hosts annual festivals like the Alappuzha Beach festival and the Sand Art Festival. The beach houses a park for families and is called the Vijaya Beach Park. The northern end of the beach has a pier that is over 150 years old. The month of August finds the beach crowded when outsiders and locals throng to view the Nehru Boat Race in Alappuzha. Another landmark at the Alappuzha Beach is the old lighthouse which remains the same to this day. Things that you can do in and around Alappuzha during your Kerala backwater holidaysinclude taking a backwater cruise along the canals of Alappuzha, visit the ReviKarunakaran Museum which is a one-man collection of some of the best artifacts from all over the world, and dine in the seafood restaurants. Places that you can visit near Alappuzha include visiting the Krishnapuram Palace in Kayankulam, The idyllic Marari Beach that is close by, the Pathiramanal Island which is visited by rare migratory birds, the AnbalappuzhaSree Krishna Temple, and other places.