Location: Spread over Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts.
Attractions: Kuttanad is an expanse of water-logged land lying below sea level. Often the level of water here is higher than that of the green paddy fields on either side.
Kuttanad bears strong resemblance to Holland in terms of geographical features. Three rivers – the Pamba, the Manimala and the Achankovil – crisscross this region, popularly called ‘The Rice Bowl’ of Kerala, before flowing into the Vembanad Lake. Until a few years ago, water was the main mode of transport. Today buses and trains ply the region. However, the landscape is so unique that a boat trip through Kuttanad is an unforgettable experience – bustling rural life on the banks of the rivers, green expanses of paddy fields and shady coconut groves.
Getting there: Alappuzha is the nerve centre of the backwaters of Kerala. There are frequent boat services in the Alappuzha – Edathua – Ambalappuzha route covering Kuttanad.
Nearest railway stations: Alappuzha and Changanacherry.
Nearest airports: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km to the north; Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 150 km to the sou