Kuttanad Region

Kuttanadu is a region covering Alappuzha and Kottayam, two districts in the State of Kerala, India. Kerala's major rivers viz., the Pamba, Achankovil, Meenachil and Manimala flow into the region. Kuttanadu, known as “the Rice Bowl of Kerala”, is crisscrossed with waterways that run through its extensive paddy fields. The region hosts a number of boat races, which are occasions of great excitement and entertainment. Kuttanad is known for its geographical peculiarities. The region has the lowest altitude in India, and is one of the few places on the planet where farming is done 4 to 10 feet below sea level. Kuttanad area is often compared to the dikes of the Netherlands, where vegetation is being done on the land reclaimed from the sea.

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