Kuttanad in Kerala
Kuttanad is a beautiful place and one of the hottest tourism destinations of Kerala. Kuttanad is located at a distance of 20 Km from Alappuzha town in Alappuzha district. The place is regarded as Netherlands or Holland of Kerala.
Kuttanad called The Rice Bowl of Kerala because of its wealth of paddy fields. The region is spitted into three divisions generally known as, Upper Kuttanad, Lower Kuttanad and Middle Kuttanad. This is one of the lowest places in India and this is situated below the sea level.
The scenic countryside of Kuttanad also has rich crops of coconuts, banana, fruit trees, etc. Kuttanad is also an important center for Buddhism. Few Buddhist places can be viewed in and around the place.
Kuttanad is situated next to the backwaters and you can find numerous small picturesque villages that may be viewed in this region. A few of the villages are Kainakary, Kaipuzha, Kumarakom, Edathua, Pullangadi, Manalady, Nedumudi and several others. Kumarakom is one of the most well-known among these villages because of its mind-blowing backwaters. Local food in these villages includes fresh river fish as well as vegetables and there are numerous places across the backwaters which put up for sale these things. This is the best opportunity for food fans.
You could also find Kuttanad, a little more thrilling, in case you hire a boat. You can actually hire motorboats, houseboats from the boat jetty operated by government and private groups near the KSRTC Bus Station at Alappuzha otherwise you can also get one from a place called Kidangara, which is located on the Alappuzha-Changanasserry road. The few places worth visiting in Kuttanad area include Nedumudy, Kaavalam, Champakkulam etc.
You can find a huge Dam which is found in this area and this was primarily constructed to separate the backwaters from the sea.
Distance from Kuttanad
Kottayam: 48 Km
Alappuzha: 20 Km
Kumarakom: 57 Km
Kochi: 74 Km
Ernakulam: 81 Km
Idukki: 145 Km
Kollam: 83 Km
Thrissur: 148 Km
Munnar: 191 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 144 Km
Kovalam: 153 Km
Kozhikode: 269 Km
Wayanad: 350 Km
Kasargod: 454 Km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI)
Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha
Road: Kuttanad is well connected by the road network.
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