A Boathouse on the placid backwaters of Kumarakom, KeralaPosted By Nirosha on September 9, 2011 at 7:18am | Blog, Travel Guide
Kumarakom, the famous backwater tourist destination in Kerala is located about 12 km from Kottayam. This place can be reached through a voyage from Alappuzha. 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 an enchanting picnic spot and provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The slender coconut palms standing here, there and everywhere, its never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind. The fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways. The backwater houses a variety of species of both fauna and flora and marine life.
Kerala Houseboat Package
Kumarakom is also considered to be the gateway to the famous backwaters of Kuttanad. Kumarakom is also the home of various sprawling ethnic waterfront resorts. These resorts offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing and swimming. The adventurous could indulge in water sports such as windsailing and waterskiing. Kumarakom is also a center for houseboat cruises.
Based on our expertise on holiday and vacation we have listed few good travel guides on Kumarakom and Exotic Kerala ( Kumarakom is a city in the state of Kerala India), which you can buy online and read as you plan your travel.
Places to See in Kumarakom
Based on our experience in travel industry, we have done some research and have listed identified few good hotels. Key in the city name (Example: Cochin or Kottayam, or Kumarakom ) and the related details ( dates of travel and number of guest ) and click on the search button. It will give you all the hotels in the city.
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.
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.
As you plan your travel, we have listed few Travel kits which you can Buy online, and play during your leisure time.