Popular as the rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad lies at the heart of the backwaters and houses immeasurable paddy crops. This mesmerizing countryside is known for its good yield of yam, cassava and banana. Probably, this is the only region in world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea level. Famed for its geographical oddness and huge striking paddy fields, Kuttanad hold an extremely important place in the ancient history of the southern region of the country. Manimala, Meenachil, Pampa and Achankovil are the 4 major rivers that flow the region.
Alappuzha-Changanasserry road is the best route if you wish to come to Kuttanad, offering the traveler an insight into the day-to-day life of the region. At the time of the harvest season, the route looks even more beautiful with vast spread of rice crops with dash of coconut trees.
Kuttanad also boasts of a decent population of avifauna species such as parrots, darter birds and more. Walking on foot is the best way to explore the nearby places, zigzag canals and attractions. Enjoy the sight of Kettuvallams, traditional houseboats of Kerala, carrying goods like grain, rice etc. if you are a seafood enthusiast, do try some lip-smacking local delicacies, being served the street shops. Relish toddy, a local beverage specialty.
Hiring a boat is another nice way to explore. You can pick from houseboats or motorboats. Champallulam, Nedumudy and Kaavalam are some of the best areas in Kuttanad to visit.
Nearest railway station: Alappuzha railway station
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport (85 km)