The enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that is
a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerela. Kumarkom
strengthens Keralas reputation for being Gods own country with
its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests, coconut groves and emerald
green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned
with while lillies. It is part of the Kuttanad region, and the bird
sanctuary here spread across 14 acres of any ornithologist's paradise.
This enchanting backwater destination offers visitors many leisure options.
From wandering into the depths of its wildlife sanctuary to cruising down
the back waters and fishing, Kumarkom is perfect for a lazy and laid back
holiday. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a
boat trip round the islands, as hundreds of swaying verdant coconut palms
lining the rivers lean to brush the tops of your heads. Kumarkom is an
example of nature at her bountiful best in the fragrant flowers, the riot of
multi coloured birds, the surrounding greenry and the clear waters.
The Vembanad Lake
The Vembanad Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. It flows
through the verdant lands of Kerala and offers one of the best backwater
cruises. Most of the flora and fauna in this region flourishes around this
supply of fresh water. The lake also acts as a balancing tank against
floods, and its wooded banks, temptingly invite a visitor to explore more.
The boats that ply on the lake vary from the large stitched-hull, cargo
carriers with domed mat-roofs to houseboats.
The Water-bird Sanctuary
A water-bird sanctuary lies at the edge of the grounds of an old estate
where a profusion of all kinds of birds can be observed. Domestic birds such
as cuckoo, wild duck, egrets, darters, herons, teal, and water fowl can be
seen in abundance here, as much as can the Siberian storks which migrate to
this area each year.
Kumarakom is situated 15 km from Kottayam on the Vembanad lake. This little
backwater town is well known for its rubber plantations. Christianity is the
dominant religion here and it is dotted with pretty old churches.
Rejuvenating ayurvedic massages are available here. Thekkady, a major
wildlife center lies 114 km from here, and Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrim
center is another 134 km from Kottayam.
The charmingly unkept coastal town of Alappuzha, formerly called Alleppey,
lies close by. With its labyrinth of canals, bridges, silver beaches, and
cheerful people it makes for a memorable holiday. Alappuzha is a
never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees,
and long canals that offers enjoyable boat cruises to Kollam along the
scenic Vembanad Lake.
Kumarakom is best described as a picturesque clean village like most places
in Kerala. It has lately become a preferred tourist destination. Boat races,
houseboat cruise, canoeing and fishing are some of the main attractions of
this simple place. The huge houseboats, traditionally known as the
Kettuvalloms, are complete with living rooms, toilets, kitchen, balcony for
angling and it is possible to live on them for days together for a truly
unique experience. These Kettuvalloms are actually remodelled cargo barges
made of wooden planks joined together by rope only, without using nails at
Kumarakom lies in the region of Kuttanad, which is the rice bowl of Kerala.
Here farming is done below sea level. The peace and quiet, biting fresh air
and unspoiled life style of the simple people of Kumarkom are a unique and
rejuvenating experience that surpasses any modern entertainment activity or
How to Reach
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is about 76
kms from Kottayam town. Kottayam is the nearest railhead to Kumarkom, about
16 km away and provides a link to all major cities in Kerala and India with
numerous trains plying its route daily. The nearest bus terminal, is also at
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Important Travel Information
Kumarakom is located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced
tropical climate. The local spring season emerges from August and coincides
with the harvest festival of Onam. The lowest and highest temperatures
recorded are 16.10 C and 37.80 C. There is always a cool, fresh breeze,
which makes even the warmest weather readily agreeable. The South West
monsoon is from early June to early August. However, slight drizzles persist
till early November. Average rainfall is 1100 mm per year. The peak tourist
season is from November to March.