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Kuttanad

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The word ‘Kuttanad’ is synonymous for its green vistas of paddy fields. Kuttanad region in Alappuzha district is one of the few in the world where cultivation is carried out below the sea level. The backwater paddy cultivation attributes in making Kuttanad the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’. There are four important rivers that flow into the region – Pampa, Meenachil, Achankovil and Manimala. Kuttanad is also well known because of its historical significance – from the times of the Pandavas who have supposedly crossed the region, to the Chera dynasty.

One of the most popular options for tourists is to take the Alappuzha-Changanasserry road, which will give them a great insight into the daily lives of the primarily agrarian populace who inhabit the area. It is their simple lifestyle amidst the beautiful paddy fields where they work and stay, which is the greatest attraction of Kuttanad as a destination. What makes Kuttanad different is not only the sights but also the experiences. One of the highlights of the region are the innumerable canals that criss-cross the land. Tourists can hire motor boats or houseboats to traverse these canals. One can find vendors on boats selling their wares to the housewives who do their daily chores of washing clothes and utensils on the banks of the canals.

A few of the places worth visiting in the area are Nedumudy, Kaavalam and Champakkulam. The region is also well known for its avian attractions – you can find flocks of birds darting about in the paddy fields – from parrots to black blankets.

Kuttanad is also famous for its backwater fish delicacies and tapioca. The best of the local cuisine is not surprisingly available at the wayside eateries that dot the area.

How to reach there
  • By Air: Kochi is the nearest airport.
  • By Rail: The nearest railway station is Alappuzha.
  • By Road: Kuttanad can be accessed from places on the National Highway- 47 from Harippad to Alappuzha town in Alappuzha, and from places like Thiruvalla and Changanasserry.
  • Where to stay: Marari Beach Resort, Lake Palace Backwater Resort, Marari Beach Homes and others. There are also many homestay options nearby.
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