Kuttanad: the lowest point of India and the Rice Bowl of Kerala.
Kuttanad, set at an elevation of 2.2 m below sea level, is the lowest point of India. Covering Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts, the region is also known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala as rice farming is the major practice here. Many must not be aware of the fact that Kuttanad is among those places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
The best way to experience Kuttanad is via houseboats. Every visitor here gets easily enchanted with countryside views and paddy fields. Traversing through Alappuzha backwaters via houseboats, you’ll be mesmerised with the views of the swaying coconut trees. Once here, you’ll get to experience the authentic side of rural India and the traditional country lifestyle.
Kuttanad farmers are noted for Biosaline Farming (growth of plants in saline groundwater or soil). In 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declared this farming style as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).
The region is served by four prime rivers, namely Pamba, Meenachil, Achankovil and Manimala. The place is also noted for its famous boat race in the Punnamada Backwaters, known as Vallamkali.
How to reach?
By air: The nearest airport to Kuttanad is Cochin International Airport, which is about 85 km from Alappuzha.
By rail: Alappuzha railway station is the nearest to the region.
Visiting the pretty little hamlets in the region can be a life changing experience. And, if you are here during the harvest season, nothing better! This time, you can see hundreds of farmers working in the fields.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/kuttanad-the-lowest-point-of-india-and-the-rice-bowl-of-kerala/articleshow/100645399.cms
Published Date: June 1, 2023