Kumarakom

Overview

Kumakom,the famous tourist destination in Kerala is located about 12 km from Kottayam.This place can be reached through voyage from Allappuzha.Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most invigorating ,fascinating paradise in Kerala,God's own country.This rich green,sleepy little village of Kumarakom is located on the vembanad lake amidst mangrove forests and coconut groves.Kumarakom is the enchanting picnic spot and provides boating,fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. Kerala Honeymoon Tour packages include the cruise alone the houseboat.The backwaters are a very large water body similar to a lake extending almost half of Kerala.They are formed by several rivers flowing from eastern mountain ranges having an outlet to the see in the west.The picturesque around the backwaters are a major tourist attraction.Kumarakom is an ideal place for backwater tourisum.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks. Nearby, the Bay Island Driftwood Museum displays wooden sculptures. In the lake, Pathiramanal Island is a haven for rare migratory birds. Ancient Thazhathangady Mosque is east of Kumarakom.

Kumarakom is also considered to be the gateway to the famous backwaters of Kuttanad.Kumarakom is also a center for houseboat cruises.Houseboats are major attraction of Kumarakom.These houseboats are equipped with all requirements for a comfortable stay.They have comfortable bedrooms,bathrooms,arrangements to serve food in houseboat.Some of them have a kichen and a cook will prepare and serve food.Most of the houseboats have seating arrangements in the front portion where tourists can sit and relax. They can sit here and get a glimpse of the magnificent view of the backwaters and the coconut trees in the background.  This is also an opportunity to experience the village life of Kumarakom and taste the delicious locally prepared food.

Other than houseboats there are many accomodation facilities in Kumarakom.There are so many tourist resorts in this village.In addition there are many home stays run by local peoples for tourists who would like to interact and experiance the life here.There are also five star hotels and lake resorts in Kumarakom. In some resorts one can also opt for ayurvedic massage, swimming, fishing etc.

 

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Attractions and Places to Visit

Vembanad Lake, Kerala, India

Vembanad lake is the largest lake in Kerala.It is India's logest lake too as the vast expanse of water runs from Kochi in north to Alleppey in south.It is otherwise called Vembanad kayal.It invites migratory birds from all parts of the world. It is a confluence of three rivers. To explore Kumarakom, you could hire a houseboat and sail the stretch of water. The small islands around and the serene atmosphere will be heavenly. The lake is rich in marine creatures with over 150 different kinds of fish in the waters.

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Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls

Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls is located 18 km from Kottayam. The over 100 feet high water falls is a famous picnic spot. It falls in five steps and it is an ideal location to be photographed. Located amidst rubber plantations, the wooden landscape and the streams flowing down make the place one of the most picturesque waterfalls. If you love to trek, you can have a still greater time here. Yet another attraction here is the St. Mary’s Church, which is located at the top of Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls.

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Kumarakom Birds Sanctuary

The 14 acre bird sanctuary is the favorite spot for migratory birds from all parts of the world. It is situated on the banks of Vembanad lake.The bird sanctuary  houses a wide range of birds including chukoo,water duck,owl,kingfishers,woodpeckers and egret.The migratory birds that attract attrantion include Siberian cranes, teal, wood beetle and many more. It is a birdwatchers’ paradise and you could make best use of your visit to this place by hiring houseboats and motorboats.

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Kumarakom Beach

Your choice of destination to relax on your holiday is completely justified here. The sandy shores and the serene coastal lines make the place a perfect spot for a leisure walk. You could unwind and observe the beauty of the place that brings calm to your mind or go all out to enjoy the various sporting activities available here. You could go swimming, boating, wind surfing, skiing and parasailing. You could go on a houseboat cruise to explore the beach to enjoy its enthralling beauty. The resorts around here offer ayurvedic massages and spa treatments.

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Kumarakom Backwater

Kumarakom backwaters is a scenic place where you can enjoy the bliss of nature. It is home to a wide range of plants and animals. The best way to enjoy the beauty of Kumarakom backwaters is to go on a houseboat that takes you through various canals, lakes and river around here. The houseboats offer you the best possible facilities you need for a comfortable journey on water. Be a passive admirer by sailing along or indulge in various water sports such as skiing and wind sailing. You could get lucky if you attempt at fishing.

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Juma Masjid

Juma Masjid is an ancient mosque that is over 1000 years old. It is also called Thazhathangadi Mosque.It is said that the mosque was constructed by Malik Dinar’s son Habib Dinar. Malik Dinar was behind the introduction of Islam in Kerala.This is considered one of the oldest mosques in the country. The magnificent architecture and the exquisite wood carvings are stunning. The inner courtyard, windows and the bathing area are excellently built that they look royal.   

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Pathiramanal Island

Pathiramanal is the one of the island in vembanad lake.Pathiramanal means the "Sand of night".The 10 acre houses an aquarium and a zoo.Some of the exotic types of migratory birds can be seen here. Since this island can be accessed only by boat, you could stop on your cruise on the backwaters to stretch yourself on the green island.   

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Bay Island Driftwood Museum

One of its kind museum in India, Bay Island Driftwood Museum is propelled by a unique idea. It showcases the carvings and intricate woodwork on driftwood or any other wood recovered from water. Originally initiated by a school teacher, Raji Punnose, this form of art attracts admirers from all over the world. The authentic woodwork is awe-worthy to even those who don’t understand the intricacies behind the art.

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