How Kutch got its Name


Kutch literally means something which intermittently becomes wet and dry; a large part of this district is known as Rann of Kutch which is shallow wetland which submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons. The same word is also used in the languages of Sanskrit origin for a tortoise. The Rann is famous for its marshy salt flats which become snow white after the shallow water dries up each season before the monsoon rains. Kutch State was formed out of the territory of the former princely state of cutch, whose ruler (Maharao Sri Vijayaraji) had acceded to the dominion of India with effect from 15 August 1947.