Places to Visit in Kuttanad

Kuttanad is located amidst swaying palm trees in the Eastern shore of Lake Vembanad, the largest lake in Kerala. It offers great views of the Kavanar River and the serene backwaters that are well complemented by the slow life in Kuttanad, which remains untouched by modernity even today. Some of the famous places in the small town are-

Vemband Lake– It is one of the largest lake of Kerala State of India. In Kuttanad it is known as Punnamada Lake. Famous for Nehru Boat Race.

Backwaters-Kuttanad has much to offer for a tourist; its vast backwaters, fresh water lakes (known as ‘kayal’); thousands of houseboats (known as kettuvallam); moving along the slow flowing rivers that merge with the still waters of lakes; pristine country life that exists in the lakeshores that enables a tourist to view a world that is quite different from the rest of India.

Houseboat Cruising The Backwaters Of Kerala
Culinary delights are as alluring as the sights outside the boat; toddy is the favorite drink that works well with karimeen (pearl spot fish) both as curry or fried and tapioca (mashed or plain boiled) are the master dishes Kuttanad. Toddy has been awarded the status ‘state drink”. Chammanthi; a combination of chilli, salt, coconut grating is simple but powerful concoction that makes any ordinary food a delight! The chefs of houseboats have many more feathers on their caps to enchant their clients.

Rather than mere sight seeing Kuttanad has many sites of historical importance like Buddha Idol at Karumady (known as Karumadi Kuttan; that tells the story of the bygone Buddhist Sangha Era, ancient church of Edathua which attracts tourists from very distant places, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, R’ Block Island, Pathiramanal the lonely uninhabited lake island etc.

Kuttanad Backwaters Cruising

By- Ranjith shenoy R (Flickr)

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