NameKumarakom
AddressKottayam
Thing To DoPhotography, Sightseeing, Shopping, Boat Ride, Ayurvedic Spa
Good ForNature Lovers, Photo Fanatics, Pilgrimages, Explorer
Area 30 sq. km
Temperature Summer - 33.C / 22.C Winter - 32.C / 22.C
Best time to visitSeptember to March

Kumarakom

Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets. The water ways of Kuttanad is now a big attraction for tourist. It is incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages. The scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of breath-taking greens and deep blues.

The people on the banks of Vembanad Lake are generally peace-loving and follow a neat and healthy lifestyle. Their dressing is immaculate, usually spotless whites. They keep their dwellings and surroundings very clean. The food mainly consist of rice and fish. For breakfast it is usually 'Dosa' or 'Idly', both made from rice paste, swallowed down with coconut chutney. Fish is a very important item in their menu for lunch and dinner . 'Karimeen' a spotted fish is a special gift of the backwaters.
Sightseeing

Kumarakom Bird Sancturary
On the southern bank of Kavanar river, is a small bird sanctuary where numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost. For an inquisitive bird watcher, it is always advisable to carry their binoculars at all times. A short boat ride followed by a short stroll on the other side will get you there. A 6.00 am start is the best.
Kettuvallam
No trip to Kumarakom is complete without a Kettuvallam sunset or sunrise cruise. The ride offers a close look into a delightful rustic life. Skiff-fishermen launching their tiny boats. Large flotillas of ducks waddling down to the water from coconut leaf thatched houses on the banks of canals. Palm-filled lagoons, an enchanting view of wooded islands and the main lands are poetically beautiful scenes

How to Reach

By Air

Kochi (Cochin) 78 km, Kollam (Quilon) 85 km, Kanyakumari 245 km, Thekkady 253 km, Kozhikode (Calicut) 289 km, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 159 km, Kottayam 130 km.

By Road

Nearest Staion is Kottayam 10 km having connections to all the major cities through Kochi (Cochin).

By Rail

Nearest Airport is Kochi (Cochin) 78 km having connections to Lakshadweep (Agatti), Bangalore, Kozhikode (Calicut), Coimbatore, Chennai (Madras), Delhi , Goa, Mumbai (Bombay) and the Gulf.

By Water

Regular backwater boat services to Kochi (Cochin), Alappuzha (Alleppey) & Kollam (Quilon).

Nearby places to Visit

Ayyampara hills, Cheriyapalli, Erumely, Ganapathiyar Kovil, Good Shepherd Church, Ilaveezhapoonchira, Kanjirapally, Kayyoor Temple, Krishnapuram Palace Museum, Malanadu Development Society (MDS), Pala, Poonjar Palace, Shrine of our Lady of immaculate Conception, St Dominic's Cathedral, St George Church, St Mary's Church, St Mary's Church Bharananganam, St Mary's Forane Church, St Thomas Benedictine Abbey, Thirunakkara Temple, Vagamon, Valiyapalli, Kumarakom, Driftwood Museum, Bird Sanctuary, Midlands,

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