Kuttand is the 'rice bowl of Kerala'. This article covers details of Kuttanad tourism and it's attractions.
General Information About Kuttanad.Location : Alappuzha district, Kerala state.
Area : 500 sq.km, below sea level
Language : Malayalam
Temperature : Between 22 to 35 degree Celsius.
Best time to Visit : Avoid your tour during Summer season as you will feel uncomfortable. It will be better to plan during October to March.
Tourist Attractions In Kuttanad Sandwiched between the sea and the hills, Kuttanad will give you the most exotic trip to Kerala. Kuttanad is best know as the "Rice bowl of Kerala". The enchanting waterways composed of lakes, canals, rivers and rivulets will give you the glimpses of Kerala life style. The Kerala style homes, churches, temples, and green paddy fields are the most attractive sites you can see in Kuttanad. And Kuttanad is becoming a hot spot in the tourism map of Kerala. This one among the rare places in the world where rice cultivation is below sea level.
The vast expanse of green paddy field is the most attractive one about Kuttand. You can feel that you are in the old golden time of Kerala with it's rich cultivation. It is better to say that the Kuttand life is closely associated with these fields. The villagers are mainly involved in the agricultural works. The picture of both men and women going to the paddy fields early in the morning and working in folks is a beautiful sight you can have from there. Don't forget to take a small walk through the paddy fields. You can feel the Kerala life at it's most. The ducks moving in group, the traditional homes etc are other sites you should visit near these paddy fields.
The backwaters in Kuttanad is another attraction. Hire a boat from Kidangara and explore the backwaters. If you want to enjoy the Kuttanad trip with all it's fragrance, the boat cruise in inevitable. Both motor boats and house boats are availble for the tourists. Enjoy the delicious Kerala food, fishing etc in the boat itself. A naturally made special beverage is also available for you. Don't hesitate to ask this to villagers.
Although the rivers in Kuttanad includes in backwaters, there is something more to say about them. Actually, it's the rivers in and around Kuttanad that's offering you this enchanting trip. There are more than five rivers flowing through Kuttanad. Pamba, Manimala and Achankovil are the three most important rivers here. You can also have the visit to Vembanad lake.
How to Reach KuttanadKuttanad is easily accessible by train, airways and roads. The Thiruvananthapuram International airport and Cochin International airport are the two airports. The former is about 125 km away and the later is 90 km away. Alappuzha and Changanashwery railway stations are the nearest railway stations. Kuttanad is also having a good road network. The National Highway 47 from Harippad to Alappuzha is going through this place. You can catch bus and taxis to reach the place. The Alappuzha-Changanassery road is the best one you can choose. This is very close to Kuttanad and has more scenic spots to offer you during the trip. But the boat service is the most enjoyable one for you. You can get boats in the Alappuzha - Edathua - Ambalappuzha route covering Kuttanad. The boat cruise to Kuttanad through the backwaters of Kerala will make you feel fresh taking to the village life and scenic beauties lined along the coastal Kuttanad.
Accommodation in KuttanadThere are many resorts and hotels available in Alappuzha for stay. You can also get some homestays with traditional Kerala style food and accommodation facilities in Kuttanad. Take choices according to your budgets and needs.