Known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala because of its wealth of paddy crops Kuttanad in Alappuzha is the very heart of the Backwaters. This is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
Kuttanad is crisscrossed with waterways that run alongside fields of cassava, banana and yam, as well as emerald green paddy fields. The fields are surrounded by earthen bunds and crops are grown on the low-lying ground. This is similar to the polder regions of the Netherlands where land is reclaimed from the sea and crops are grown.
Kuttanad is a backwater paradise and an ideal destination for a backwater cruise in Kerala.Its innumerable streams, channels, waterways and lakes make it possible to drift along in a houseboat and enjoy the scenic view of the Kerala countryside.
QST and R Block Kayal.
Extensive areas of land have been reclaimed from the backwaters and are protected by dikes built all around. Here cultivation and habitation is made possible four to ten feet below sea level. A leisurely cruise along the canals that surround these Kayals is a memorable experience.