In the east of Alleppey there is village of Karumadi, a large black granite statue which is very famous. This sculpture is known as the KarumadiKuttan. This statue is a left over relic 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. These days, 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 curious, since quartz is normally allied with a gray color.