Kuttanad, called the rice bowl of Kerala, because of her wealth of paddy
crops is at the very heart of the backwaters. The scenic countryside of
Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways also has a rich crop of bananas. Yams
and cassava which accompany the rice bowl as "side dishes". This
is one of the places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
Inland waterways which flow above land level is an amazing feature of this
(14 kilometers from Alappuzha)
This little island on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of
rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. This island is
accessible only by boat.