Kumarakom is an enchanting backwater destination in Kerala. This village is located on the banks of Vembanad Lake, in the Kuttanad region of Kottayam district. The place is just the perfect choice for a traveler to enjoy the beauty of nature, while relaxing amidst tranquil backwaters. The beauty of the place is captivating and would a leave lasting impression on your mind. From the mystical water to the evergreen trees, the experience of visiting Kumarakom is worth having. The mangrove trees, paddy fields and blue lagoons give a pictorial beauty to the place. Basking in the blissful glory of sunlight, fishing, canoeing or sightseeing, whatever you chose to do in Kumarakom, everything will add to its appeal and attraction.
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Places to See in Kumarakom
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Located on the eastern side of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary stretches over an area of 14 acre land. The sanctuary is home to a large variety of birds, of different species, and also provides shelter to migratory birds, such as Siberian storks. It gives an impetus to the beauty of Kumarakom.
Kumarakom backwater cruises are a unique experience, which would leave a person thrilled and overjoyed. The tranquility of the waters and the freshness of the greenery around would give a lasting impression in the minds of the visitors. The place offers a lot in terms of boat races, houseboat cruise, canoeing and fishing - something which you cannot afford to miss once you are here.
Vembanad Lake offers an enchanting experience to the tourists. The lake is the best picnic spot, where you can relax your mind and body. While the water gives the place a cooling effect, trees and shrubs act as a respite to the parched eyes. The lake is an excellent family-picnic destination too. While seniors can laze around the lake reading a book or talking, youngsters can opt for fishing and boating.
Nature seems to be at its best in Kumarakom. Apart from tranquility of the lake and chirpiness of the birds, the place also offers its tourist an opportunity to view a waterfall. Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls are located 18 km from Kottayam town and are an absolute delight to watch, as water tinkles from the height of 100 feet to the ground.
Located near Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal is also called 'Sands of Night'. It is a small island that is easily reachable using the water route. The journey to reach the island is an exhilarating one. Both sides of the lake have breath-taking beauty that would remain etched in the mind of the tourists. The island is home to some rare varieties of migratory birds, serving as a bird watcher's paradise.
Kumarakom is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala, mainly owing to the picturesque beauty and the serene backwaters that it offers. Being visited by a large number of tourists every year, it offers a wide variety of accommodation options. Though there are only two five star hotels in Kumarakom, Kumarakom Lake Resort and Radisson Plaza Resort & Spa, the four-star ones, like Backwater Ripples and Golden Waters, will not leave you disappointed at all. For those concerned about economy as well as luxury, three star Kumarakom hotels, like Backwater Retreat and Cocobay Resort, will be the best bet. If money is a constraint, opt for either home stays or budget hotels in the place.
How to Reach Kumarakom
The nearest airport from Kumarakom is the Cochin International Airport, which is 70 km away.
Kottayam is the nearest railway station, with regular local and express trains for all the main cities in and around Kerala.
Kottayam, the main road junction, is just 14 km from Kumarakom. It is well linked with all the key cities in India, through State and National Highways.