Saturday, 4 May 2013

Vembanad Kayal between Alappuzha and Kottayam districts of Kerala is the largest backwater in Kerala



Vembanad Kayal between Alappuzha and Kottayam districts of Kerala is the largest backwater in Kerala and the area surrounding it is called ‘Kuttanad’. Its history dates back to the Tamil Sangam age (3rd century BC to 4th century AD). The early Cheras, who had their home in Kuttanad, were called ‘Kuttuvans’, taking their name after this place. One of the most powerful kings in the dynasty, Cheran Senkuttavan, is said to have ruled his vast kingdom covering Kuttanad.