Alleppey is a small town situated in the Backwaters of Kerala and is the most popular place to start a cruise along the winding waterways, lakes and canals of this beautifully peaceful area. It is a major centre for trade in coir products, copra (dried coconut meat) and coconut oil for cooking as well as Ayurvedic products. There is a long stretch of beach to wander along  which has a lighthouse and a pier jutting out into the sea, once active in the unloading of goods from cargo ships calling here.