Kuttanad is an area covering the Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta Districts, in the province of Kerala, India, notable for its huge paddy fields and geological characteristics. The district has the most reduced elevation in India and is one of only a handful hardly any spots on the planet where cultivating is carried on around 1.2 to 3.0 meters that's about 4 to 10 ft underneath ocean level. Kuttanad is truly significant in the antiquated history of South India and is the significant rice maker in the state. Ranchers of Kuttanad are well known for Biosaline Farming. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has proclaimed the Kuttanad Farming System as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). Four of Kerala's significant streams, the Pamba, Meenachil, Achankovil, and Manimala stream into the district. It is notable for its pontoon race in the Punnamada Backwaters referred to in Malayalam as Vallamkali.
Kuttanad, the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala', lies at the very heart of the backwaters in Alappuzha area. Its abundance of paddy crops is the thing that got it this one of a kind moniker. Situated in the internal areas of the region, it is a colossal zone of recovered land, isolated by barriers from water which is higher than it shows up. The perspective on the field is the thing that charms all who go through this zone while voyaging by means of houseboats. It has been theorized that it is maybe the main spot on the planet where cultivating is done up to 2 meters beneath the ocean level. The zone is overhauled by 4 significant streams: Pampa, Meenachil, Achankovil, and Manimala.
The Alappuzha - Changanassery Road that goes through the core of Kuttanad is celebrated for its scenic perspective on this area. One gets the opportunity to see a cut of the customary nation's way of life. Visits to these towns can be an extraordinary encounter. Particularly during the collect season, one discovers ranchers working in the fields a large portion of the day. The early hours of the day bring to us seeing ladies conveying sickles to the fields while men are caught up with planting seeds and disposing of weeds. Fields with rice stalks have armies of parrots drifting around them. One may likewise observe darter flying creatures flying around as they are known to be around the region encompassing the backwaters.
The waterways that jumble Kuttanad are home to tall coconut trees that influence the breeze. One sees ducks quacking around as adolescents jump into the water to chase for shells. Probably the most delicious food can be found at the shacks close by and in the event that you feel like it, do request flavor. It is a local mixed refreshment that is amazingly well known in the territory.
You can generally encounter Kuttanad by means of a pontoon or a houseboat. The view, the breeze, and the persistent propensities for local people will never leave your psyche.