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Kuttanad is widely known as "The Rice Bowl of Kerala" situated in Alappuzha District. Most of the area of Kuttanad is covered with water throughout the year. Kuttanad is one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. Four major Kerala rivers, the Pampa, Meenachal, the Achankovil and the Manimala flow into Kuttanad. Despite being surrounded by water, there is acute potable water shortages, with water supplied only twice a week.
Kuttanad lies sandwiched between the sea and the hills. Kuttanad is an amazing maze of shimmering waterways composed of lakes, canals, rivers and rivulets. Lined with dense tropical greenery, it offers a glimpse into rural Kerala life-styles. The view changes from narrow canals and dense vegetation to open vistas and dazzling green paddy fields. Homes, farms, churches, mosques and temples can be seen among the trees. And if you are lucky you might catch the blue flash of a kingfisher or the green of a parakeet. Endless tranquility is yours for the taking here.
Crops grown in Kuttanad include rice, bananas, casava and yams.
Do not miss out on a ride into Kuttanad through shimmering, green paddy fields and tail-waging, head-bobbing groups of ducks. The Coir workers too present an interesting sight. Alleppey becomes the cynosure of theeyas of the world on August-September, every year, a water regatta unique to Kerala.
Another major attraction is Kuttanad River Resort. The beautiful Kuttanad River Resort which is situated on the banks of river Pampa is a place to spice up your vacation. Visitors can reach Kuttanad River Resort by boats ferrying travelers all around the place. The Ayurvedic treatment offered at this place will surely revitalize your soul and body.
Nearest Places to visit:
Kayamkulam Krishnapuram Palace: Krishnapuram Palace is located about 47 km from Alappuzha town in the Alappuzha-Kollam Route.
Pathiramanal: Pathiramanal is an island in the Vembanattu Lake.
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple: Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is located about 16 km from Alappuzha.
Mannarashala Nagaraja Temple: Mannarashala Nagaraja Temple is one of the most important centers of snake worship in Kerala; Sree Nagaraja temple is situated at Mannarashala near Harippad town, about 35 Km away from Alappuzha on the Alappuzha-Kollam route.
Arthunkal St. Andrews Forane Church: The Arthunkal Church is located about 22km away from Alappuzha near Cherthala.
Champakulam: Champakulam is famous for the Boat Race which is held during the month of July.
Punnapra Vayalar: Punnapra Vayalar is the place where Travancore Police and Communists confronted each other during a revolt in 1946.
Chettikulangara Bhagavathi Temple: Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple is one among the five temples established by Lord Parashuram.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race: A large number of tourists are attracted by the boat race conducted at the Punnamada backwaters on the second Saturday of August every year.
Harippad Subrahmanya Swami Temple: Situated at 51 km.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport is about 85 km to the north; Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is about 150 km to the south.
Nearest Railhead: Alappuzha and Changanasherry are the nearest railway station.
By Boat: There are frequent boat services in the Alappuzha - Edathua - Ambalapuzha route covering Kuttanad.
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