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Kumarakom Tourism

Kumarakom’s divine beaches, backwaters, & cluster of islands will make for a mesmerizing and scenic holiday!
Kumarakom Tourism

Rated 4.1/5 (based on 7742 reviews)

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Best time to visit:

Jul - Mar



Ideal Duration:

3 Days

Ideal for families Honeymoon Adventure

Kumarakom Tourism Guide

An 'All-You-Need Kumarakom Travel Guide' to help you plan the perfect holiday

Kumarakom district is different from every other city in Kerala and Kumarakom tourism has it’s own essence. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and is known for its divine, pristine and serene ambience and nature. This Kumarakom tourism guide will give you all the required information about all Kumarakom places to visit. The main highlight of a tour here is a stay in a Kumarakom houseboat. Apart from this, there are several other Kumarakom things to do as well.

It is fascinating to know why this city was known as Kumarakom. The name Kumarakom was derived from the deity of its oldest temple Kumaran, Kumaran's Akam, and thus the place was known as Kumarakom. The place is extremely fertile and is most suitable for the cultivation of rice and coconut trees. The arrival of the English farmer Alfred George Baker in 1847 was a major landmark in its history since he reclaimed 500 acres of Vembanad Lake when he realised the full potential of this island.

Kumarakom is a set of small islands perched on the edge of Vembanad Lake known to be the “largest lake in Kerala”. Kerala as a state is blessed with great weather, beautiful landscapes, waterways and lush greenery. There are long rows of coconut trees giving it a tropical touch.

Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna. An important attraction is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, where a significant number of bird species are known to make migratory visits. The park area covers around 15 acres and functions under the jurisdiction of the government of Kerala. One of the important migratory species is the Siberian crane. Other tropical species such as the egret, heron, waterfowls, ducks, moorhens, and kingfishers are commonly found here.

Another attraction of Kumarakom Tourism is the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall and its surrounding rubber plantation, which are pleasing to the photographer’s eye. There is also the Bay Island Drift Museum near the Kumarakom beach for history buffs which is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and from 11.30 am to 5 pm on Sundays.


How To Reach Kumarakom

Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers

By Air

Cochin International Airport which is nearly 80 km away and serves as the nearest airport to Kumarakom. Flights of domestic airlines connect Cochin with other Indian cities on a daily basis and flights from international cities al...

By Train

Kumarakom does not have its own railway station and Kottayam serves as the nearest railway station. Trains from various parts of the country like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi etc. reach Kottayam on a regular basis and ...

By Road

Kumarakom is connected to various cities by well- maintained roads. State as well as private bus operators travel up to the Kumarakom route and are readily available. Travelers from nearby destinations can also drive in their priv...

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What are some of the activities that you must try in Kumarakom?

Kumarakom condenses the essence of a holiday in Kerala. Home to Kerala's biggest backwater, Vembanad lake, spending time on a houseboat is a must. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is also an important spot for tourists along with Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall. The Maya Spa is well reputed for it's Ayurvedic massages and the traditional art forms of Kathakali and Kalaripayattu can be found and enjoyed here as well.

What are the special attractions in Kumarakom?

Kumarakom is a rich hub for boating and as such, there are many different kinds of boats here. Especially impressive are the snake boats, which are boats that are also used in boat races. In the months of August and September, there are various boat races which are unique to Kumarakom and an exciting spectacle to behold.

Are there any places in Kumarakom of interest to photographers?

Kumarakom is home to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is an excellent location for photographers that are interested in birding. A large number of rare, migratory birds can be found here. Kumarakom beach is also an excellent place for photography and the Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls deserve a mention as well.

Does Kumarakom have any historical significance?

Kumarakom was involved in many of the fights for supremacy between the local kings in Kerala. There are still remains of a fort wall in Kumarakom. The Taj hotel building also has a piece of history attached to it. The bungalow was built by a British man called Alfred. G. Baker whose family lived there for the next 4 generations and influenced a lot of the things that happened in the area. It was a ruin after they left until the Taj Group took over and converted it into the luxury resort it is now.

What are the special food preparations to be found in Kumarakom?

Two of the major catches for the fishermen in Kumarakom are the Karimeen, also known as the Pearl Spot and shrimp. Many of the local delicacies are based around the two with one of the most popular dishes being the Karimeen Pollichathu, which is grilled Karimeen wrapped in a banana leaf after being prepared with rich spices.

Tourism in Kumarakom

The Vembanad Lake is home to many marine and freshwater fish and is one of the highlights of Kumarakom Tourism. Varieties of shrimp, prawn and fresh water fish are found here in abundance. The "Pearl spot" fish is found in relatively lower numbers, and is a local delicacy. The best time to visit Kumarakom is from September to March as the weather is pleasant. The weather all around year ranges from humid to pleasant in summers and rainy seasons. It is recommended that one must visit Kumarakom during winter.

Fishing, agriculture, and tourism are the major economic activities. Kumarakom’s perfectly balanced tropical climate is very conducive to cultivation. The place has expanses of mangrove forests, paddy fields, and coconut groves. Fruits such as Banana, Mango, Jackfruit, Ambazhanga, Puli (Tamarind), Chaambenga, Peraycka (Guava), Aathaycka, and Pineapple grow here. Also, cocoa and coffee, chena (yam) and chembu (colocasia), grow well and can be cultivated under the coconut trees. This rich agricultural environment is mainly irrigated using waterways and canals of the Meenachil river.


For a fine Kumarakom backwaters experience, the best option is hiring a houseboat. A large number of companies offer board and tour on houseboats. There is nothing as serene as the boathouse ride in this tropical paradise.