Kuttanad is a backwater region in Kerala. The lush green coconut trees dotting the border of the river stretch makes it very scenic. Kuttanad is rightfully termed the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’ as the land is fertile, with rice being the cash crop. This area was earlier a dense forest, which got burnt down; hence, it got its name Kuttanad, from chutta, meaning burnt and nad, which means land. A few of the nearby cities include Puthukkary, Kainakary, Chennamkary and Mampuzhakary.
Places to Stay
There is no hotel accommodation facility in Kuttanad. Travellers to Kuttanad can book affordable hotels in Chengannur, which is 31 km away. The hotels here are Hotel Pournami (Tariff – Rs.491), Hotel Priya (Tariff – Rs.765), Hotel Santhi Palace (Tariff – Rs.701) and Hotel Relax Inn (Tariff – Rs.579).
The language spoken in Kuttanad is Malayalam.
Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September and Christmas in December are some of the most celebrated festivals in Kuttanad.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing destinations in and around Kuttanad. These attractions are Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple (7 km), Thottapally Lake (16 km), Haripad (19 km), Punnapra Beach (17 km) and Champakulam (7 km) away from Kuttanad.
How to Get There
Kochi is the nearest airport, which is 106 km away from Kuttanad.
There is no railway station in Kuttanad. The closest railway station is located in Thakazhi, about 2 km away from Kuttanad.
Numerous state-run and private buses connect Kuttanad from nearby towns and states. Private bus operators such as Anjali Travels run Volvo buses daily from Bangalore and Hosur to Kuttanad. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.