R Block Kayals
Situated in Kuttanad popularly known as the rice
bowl of Kerala, QST & R Block Kayals (backwaters) remind the
visitor of the famous dikes of Holland. A striking example of the
indigenous agricultural engineering know-how, here cultivation and
habitation are made possible at four to ten feet below the sea level.
For this purpose extensive land has been reclaimed from the backwaters
and is protected by dikes built around it. A leisurely cruise along
the canals here is a memorable experience
Kuttanad is the most beautiful backwaters region of Kerala. It
is here that most of the snake boat races are conducted and a majority
of the rice boat & houseboat cruises are scheduled. Kerala's
network of navigable backwaters stretches to over 900km. These serene
waterways are fringed by palm grove and paddy fields and offer a
striking spectacle of the rustic life.
Getting there : QST & R Block Kayals are accessible by boat
from Alappuzha ( 1.30 hrs by motor boat and 30 minutes by speedboat.
Nearest railway station : Alappuzha