Kakkathuruthu, a spectacular tiny island on Kerala’s backwaters, has been listed in National Geographic’s ‘Around the World in 24 Hours,’ a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots in the world.
Nestled along the Kerala Coast, this emerald-fringed ‘Island of Crows’ has found a place among select stunning destinations across the world.
"Kerala is known for its rustic beauty and an incredibly picturesque landscape, verdant hills and quiet backwaters, which attract tourists from across the world. It is a matter of pride for us to be listed by Nat Geo, which is among the leading magazines in the world," said Mr. A. C. Moideen, Minister for Tourism, Kerala.
In a graphic description, the magazine says that the sunset in Kerala is greeted by a series of rituals — Sari-clad women head home in skiffs, fishermen light lamps and cast nets into the lagoon and bats swoop across the horizon snapping up moths.
"The recognition is rewarding and will add to our efforts to introduce and showcase different destinations in this nature-endowed state," said Dr. Venu V., Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism.
"It is absolutely exhilarating to see the small island included in the travel recommendations. It is not only a reaffirmation of Kerala’s natural endowments but also a huge recommendation to international tourists for a tryst with the coastal state,” said Mr. U. V. Jose, Director, Kerala Tourism
The charm of the small island with sea green waters, lush coconut groves and absence of tarred roads, located in the Vembanad backwaters of Alappuzha, has been captured by the magazine photographers during dusk when "the shadows lengthen and the sky shifts from pale blue to sapphire."