Kuttanad, is called the rice bowl of Kerala because of its wealth of paddy crops, is at the very heart of the backwaters lies in Alappuzha district. This is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done 4 to 10 feet below sea level. Often the level of water here is higher than that of the green paddy fields on either side. The scenic countryside of Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways also has a rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. Four major rivers in Kerala viz. Pampa, Meenachil, Achankovil and Manimala flow into the region.

Kuttanad is a backwater paradise and an ideal destination for a backwater cruise in Kerala. Kuttanad is crisscrossed with waterways that run alongside fields of cassava, banana and yam, as well as emerald green fields of paddy. 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. You can see the amazing below-sea level fields of Kuttanad. The best way to explore these idyllic spots would be to charter a house boat or a punted canoe. The traditional rice barges of Kettuvallams also allow you to enjoy a relaxing cruise at a leisurely pace where you can spot the wild life and explore the rustic charm of the village life.