Known as the island of crows, Kakkathuruthu is a tiny islet in Vembanad backwaters and can be accessed only by a traditional canoe cruise.
Located in Ezhupunna panchayath near Eramalloor in Alappuzha district, Kakkathuruthu is a five minute cruise into the Vembanad backwaters. The picturesque island is named so due to the large number of crows that arrive there at dusk to find shelter for the night.
With only 300 – odd homes here, life is peaceful and the locals are simple. The mud and sand roads, creeks, ponds, wells and two sacred groves – Plakkissery and Vadakkinezhathu are the prime attractions here. The lure of the island with lush coconut groves has been captured by photographers during sundown when the shadows extend and the sky shifts from soft blue to orange. The lined coconut trees and the presence of water weeds with flowers offer a charm to the photographic enthusiasts and nature lovers. The quiet island is a haven for birdwatchers. They say, Thampi chettans house is the best spot to view the sunset.
One can witness Pathazham — the traditional water regulating equipment made of wood used for filling water into the creeks from the backwaters. Walking on bridges made of coconut wood to cross the creeks make the experience surreal.
On the Global Tourism Map The island has been recently listed in National Geographic Magazine ‘Around the World in 24 Hours/ a photographic tour of stunning travel spots in the world. It is the only spot to get an entry into the list from India, for the fine sunset views. The Nat Geo team had enjoyed the sunset views from a traditional rowboat on the calm backwaters. The photo had a flurry of sari clad women returning home in shallow boats and fishermen who light lamps and cast nets.
The visit was totally an awe- inspiring experience for me as it offered opportunities to observe the life of the islanders closely and the beauty of pristine nature. Beyond doubt, it is one of the best tourism spots I have visited till date.