75 kilometer long sparkling network of rivers, canals,
lakes, lagoons and tiny streamlets between Quilon and
Cochin and beyond to Thiruvananthapuram, of which the
Kuttanad (Backwaters) comprises of, are akin to a tropical
land of canals.
rivers, namely Pampa, Manimala and Achankovil, crises
cross the length and breadth of Kuttanad. Until a few
years back, water was the main mode of transportation,
though today buses and trains ply in the region.
It is so unique because the landscape
that a boat trip is irresistible, not only for tourists
but natives as well. Kuttanad, known as the 'rice bowl
of Kerala' because of her wealth of paddy crops, is
the very heart of the backwaters. The scenic countryside
here is a rich crop of Bananas, Yams and Cassava.
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 unique land. On the shores of the enchanting Vembanad
lake, 14 kms from Kottayam, lies Kumarakom in its small
town .....hush, redolent of restful peace.