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Kuttanad, Alappuzha, Kerala

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Kuttanad, has the distinction of being one of the few areas in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. It is the rice bowl of Kerala because of the vast paddy crops. Kuttanad is at the very heart of the backwaters of Alappuzha. Inland waterways, which flow above land level, are an amazing feature of this unique land. The scenic countryside with its shimmering waterways also has a rich crop of bananas, cassava and yams which accompany the rice bowl as "side dishes".  Four major rivers in the State the Pampa, the Meenachil, the Achankovil and the Manimala flow into the region. The countryside of Kuttanad with its scenic, shimmering waterways with its rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. This perhaps the only region in the worked where farming is done 1.5 to 2m below sea level. The fields are surrounded by earthen bunds and crops are grown on the low-lying ground. For the people of Kuttanad, it is water, water everywhere. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region. Kuttanad has fragile ecosystem. Kuttanad is a backwater paradise and an ideal destination for a backwater cruise in Kerala. Sailing along on a houseboat through the backwaters of Kuttanad is a major activity by tourist who visit Kerala.  Kuttanad is an expanse of waterlogged land, lying below sea level. It bears strong resemblance to Holland, geographically.

How to Reach Kuttanad

  • Nearest railway stations are Alappuzha and Changanacherry.
  • Nearest airports are Cochin International Airport, about 85 km to the north; and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 150 km to the south.


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