The history of ancient Alappuzha can be dated back to 150 AD when a port town named ‘Kapothihnam’ was established by a Chera dynasty ruler. The Chola rulers later destroyed this ancient trade city and it ceased to exist from the 12th century onwards. In 1502 Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral reached Kappad beach near Alappuzha as its first European explorer. In 1663 Dutch sea-captain Craen Marre visited Kerala and Alappuzha.
The port city of ancient Alappuzha or Alleppey as it is called now has some fascinating ancient history that makes up the foundation on which it exists today.
Alleppey is said to be first planned town in the State of Kerala. While Travancore, Cochin and Malabar were busy fighting against Kayamkulam Rajah for their survival, a Dutch territory had been formed at Edava near Alappuzha by Kollengode Vishnu Varma with the Bishops from Europe on board in 1750 A.D.,
who visited Alappuzha. It was named as New Draper’s Town after an English nobleman Colonel John Munro of the East India Company who bought this land fromathiri Maharaja