For someone planning to hop to multiple destinations around the world in 24 hours, witnessing the sunset at Kakkathuruthu, in Alappuzha district, may appear to be an unusual way to end this crazy adventure. But, Nat Geo doesn’t think so. In fact, it has included this island of crows in its ‘Around the World in 24 Hours’ list, which is a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots in the world. The secluded nature of the island can be attributed as the reason for this recognition.
Kakkathuruthu, a four-kilometre-long island under the Ezhupunna Gram Panchayat, is home to only around 1,000 people and very few establishments. Moreover, its connectivity to the mainland is only through small boats that the natives own and the ferry facility that the Gram Panchayat provides. This could be the main reason why the island has not seen any exponential growth in terms of tourism. A few people who have discovered the beauty of the island have managed to retain its serenity and are of the opinion that sometimes it is good to remain isolated in order to maintain the original charm.
However, it is also important that people are not denied basic services. This is a subject that needs to be looked into with utmost seriousness in places like these. Development cannot be halted and at the same time the serenity of the place cannot be compromised on.