Karumadi Kuttan

Only three kilometers east of Alleppey is the village of Karumadi. There is a large black granite statue there that is very famous. This sculpture is known as the Karumadi Kuttan. This statue is a left over remnant from the days that the Buddha religion was very popular in the region. Historians say that this black Buddha was carved in either the 9th or 10th century. Nowadays, Hindu is the more popular religion to belong to, but that does not change the beauty of this Buddha statue. The fact that it is made from black quartz makes it even more unusual, since quartz is normally associated with a gray color.

About the Karumadikuttan Temple

A remanant of Buddhist culture, “Karumadikuttan,” the sitting Buddha statue dating back to 11th century B.C, today exists on the banks of Punnamada lake at the backwaters. This idol is one amongst the different stupas and ramnants of Buddhist heritage in this part of the country. It recalls the glorious past of Buddhism, persistently. A lasting influence of Buddhism is instantly visible in the culture and daily social life of Kerala, even today. Kerala, southern most state of the Indian subcontinent, still preserves its past glory in full ambience.Buddhism came to Kerala in the 3rd century B.C. The “Ay” kings of Kerala patronised Buddhism, even though it did not bloom to its full potential here. Reniassance in the 8th century B.C. saw the decline of Buddhism. However, Buddhism left its mark which can be seen in its influence on the regional language.

Getting there
Air
Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town, is the nearest airport. Transport to Alleppey from Airport is easy as one can get taxis, buses and KTDC's owned vehicles.
Rail
Alappuzha railway station is connected to the major cities of Kerala. Internal transport can be done on Taxis, Auto- rickshaws, and Rickshaws.
Road
Alappuzha is at well connected to the major cities of Kerala via road network. Some major cities distances are: Cochin- 56 Km,Calicut- 244 Km, Trivandrum- 160 Km, Kollam- 89 Km.

Backwater Tours through Karumadikuttan

Many houseboat cruises through this area. The majour routes is to sail through the backwaters of Alleppey - Kumarakom - Varkala - Alumkadavu - Karumadikuttan - Kochi. Almost all backwater and boat tours through this route covers the Karumadikuttan Buddha idol, at Karumadi.