Nature in all its pristine glory: Kerala’s hidden gem

Nimisha Sajayan loves travelling. And she makes it a point to Instagram her pictures much to the delight of her fans. Nimisha recently posted pictures of her recent visit to Kakkathuruthu, a tiny island in Alappuzha. Just a few days ago she had posted the time she spent at Kashmir, adding pictures of her posing in front of the Dal Lake.

Kakkathuruthu is a small island in the Ezhupunna panchayat of Alappuzha. This island placed at Vembanad Lake, which is notable for its aesthetically pleasing landscape that captures the natural beauty of Kerala, dotted with coconut trees and inland villages got international attention when it was featured in the National Geographic Magazine. The magazine had done a detailed photo feature on this island. It has been listed in National Geographic’ s ‘Around the World in 24 Hours,’ a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots in the world.

Sunset at Kakkathuruthu is considered one of the best destinations in the world according to National Geographic.

To reach the island one has to get into the local boats used by the natives of Kakkathuruthu from Eramalloor, which is connected to the main road. It is an exciting experience travelling in a motor-less boat in the backwaters. The total journey by boat from the mainland to the island may take more than 15 minutes. Tourists can opt for traditional boats. From Alappuzha, take the National Highway to Eramalloor and travel about 1 km to the east and from there you can reach Kakkathuruthu by ferrying on a boat. Nimisha has also shared pictures of the boat ride on social media clearly enjoying the views of the island.

The emerald-fringed ‘Island of Crows’ in Alappuzha finds a place among select stunning destinations across the world that hold appeal to the adventurous traveller. The quiet island, surrounded by Vembanad Lake, offers a haven for birdwatchers. All roads on the island are narrow. However, the island has a lush green countryside. There are many inland waterlogged areas inside the island and small wooden bridges connect the land on either side. Likewise, there are many spots inside the island which makes it a favorite spot for photographers.  

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