The proverbial problem of paucity amid plenty is Kuttanad. A large area of reclaimed land is Kuttanad separated by dikes from water that higher than it appears which based in the inner regions of the district. All set to dislodge the most famous tourist haunts is looks like and fast gaining momentum as a hotspot tourist destination is Kerala, indigenous cultural heritage to boast of sparkling emerald backwaters and the land of secluded beaches of the backwater country at the southern tip of India. Located amidst swaying palm trees in the Eastern shore of Vembanad Lake which is the largest lake in Kerala state is Kuttanad. The town has enjoyed a different place in the maritime history of Kerala by virtue of its proximity to the sea.
This place is famously known as the Kerala’s rice bowl which falls under the district of Alappuzha. One with many geographical peculiarities is the region of Kuttanad. One finds farmers working in the fields most of the day especially during the harvest season. Busy sowing seeds and getting rid of weeds are the early hours of the day brings to us the sight of women carrying sickles to the fields while men. One of the few places all over the world where paddy fields takes place below sea level which is also notably. The lowest region of India is Kuttanad with 500 sq. km of the region. This place is an important site in the South Indian history and also has a long history. One of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level is Kuttanad which is also called the Rice Bowl of Kerala a land of lush paddy fields.
Home to tall coconut trees which sway with the breeze are the canals which crisscross Kuttanad. Do ask for toddy if you feel like some of the tourist cuisine can be found at the shacks nearby. A native alcoholic beverage which is extremely famous in the area is Kuttanad. The five Pandava princes are said to have traveled through this land during their exile. The major rice producer in the state is Kuttanad which is historically important in the ancient history of South India. People still gets burnt woods which are locally known as “Kaandaa maram” while digging well, paddy field, etc. From Malayalam phrase “Kuttan Kuthia nadu”, some say the word Kuttanadu derived. The person who digs it is Kuttan and digging the soil is the meaning of kuthuka.
The best time to visit Kuttanad is August to March. The region experience a mixed of atmospheric conditions and offers a pleasing stay during this part of the year. This time to visit the Kuttanad backwaters makes it an ample of activities, mild climate and clear views. Uncomfortably humid and hot are summers. Between October and March is the great time to visit Kuttanad.
PLACES TO VISIT
Located in the Alleppey district in the Kerala state, a lagoon is Vembanad Lake. Accessible from Kuttanad, Kochi and Kottayam is this expansive lake / lagoon which are the second largest in the country. The largest lake in Kerala is Vembanad Lake which is also known to be the longest lake in India. An ideal location for a picnic and family vacation is this place. This Lake is known by different names in Kerala’s different regions. In the wonderful lagoon, one may go boating and lined with lush green coconut trees, explore the islands. Another way to explore the backwaters is a houseboat stays. The ideal backwater destination for all and one is Vembanad Lake that’s why tourists searching for a perfect backwater destination require not worry anymore. This lake is popular for its Nehru Boat Race.
The chance to take a boat journey on the backwaters of Kerala is one of the most memorable experiences for travelers in India. Quite different from the rest of India is pristine country life that exists in the lakeshores which enables a tourist to view a world its vast backwaters, thousands of houseboats, fresh water lakes moving along the slow flowing rivers that merge with the still waters of lakes, it has much to offer for a tourist. One of those rare experiences that move you in ways more than one is a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala as you settle down on the boat where nature envelops you. The most majestic makes of the ducks quacking together in high decibels while moving across the backwaters in best number being shepherded by men on small boats among the many sights of the Kuttanad backwaters.
HOW TO REACH
By Road: This place is well connected by roads can be easily reached via Alappuzha.
By Train: The two major railway stations which join Kuttanad to the rest of the India are the Alappuzha and Changanacherry. Available to reach the station are frequent trains from all the major cities.
By Air: The nearest airport to the village town is Cochin International Airport which is located about 85 km from Kuttanad. Visitors can also hire a taxi to reach the centre of Kuttanad upon reaching airport.
By Boat: Frequent boat services in the Alappuzha - Edathuva – Ambalappuzha way covering Kuttanad are there.