Kuttanadu is a region in the Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam Districts, in the state of Kerala, well known for its picturesque vast paddy fields and has the epithet ‘rice bowl of Kerala’. The region is also the lowest in India, and one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. There is reference to Kuttanad in the epic Mahabharata. During their exile, the five Pandava princes are said to have traveled through this land. In those days, Kuttanad was part of a dense forest, later destroyed by a forest fire which is also mentioned in the epic. Thus came the place name Chuttanad or the burnt place. In course of time Chuttanad became Kuttanad.