Karumadi is a small village in Champakulam Taluk, some 14 km from Alappuzha in Kerala. This place is famous for the black granite figure of the Buddha. It was built in the 9th century and is also known as KarumadiKuttan – which is 3 feet tall and is a famous attraction for tourists and history lovers alike. This statue was found by a British engineer Robert Bristow in 1930 and he took some action to protect this historical place.
Currently this place is maintained by the government of Kerala. The left side of the statue is missing and some people believe that it was destroyed by an elephant. This place was once also visited by famous spiritual leader Dalai Lama in 1965. Many people believe that this statue is built by the Buddhist Monk, who visited here with the massage Non- Violence.
This statue is a symbol of Love and peace in Karumadi village. The presence of this popular figure of Buddha lends this place a unique identity. Here, visitors are not charged anything and this place is also easily accessible by the air, road and trains. The nearest railway station is 4 Km long from Karumadi. You can get local buses and taxi facility from the railway station to visit this place.