Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha located in central Kerala is considered to be the oldest planned town in this region. Built in the 9th century AD, Alleppey with the Arabian Sea on the west and picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, was described as "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon. Alleppey is an important tourist destination in India. Alleppey has shown the world, what Backwater Tourism is all about. The Backwaters of Alleppey are the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. A backwater cruise along the Vembanad Lake is a delightful experience for tourists of all ages. The enticing backwaters and the amazing cruises attract thousands of tourists to this place. Alleppey is also the destination for the internationally renowned annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake. This mega event is held on the second Saturday of August every year and is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in Kerala.