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The beautiful Kumarakom backwaters

Kumarakom Tourism, Kerala

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

Tourism in Kumarakom

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Best time to visit
Jul - Mar
Ideal Duration
3 Days
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Starting from
Rs. 2,500
  • Ideal for families
  • Honeymoon
  • Adventure

About Kumarakom Tourism Guide

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

Being one of the most popular tourist destinations, known for its divine, pristine and serene ambience and nature, Kumarakom district is different from every other city in Kerala. And, with a bevy of natural offerings to cater every travellers’ desires, Kumarakom tourism has a fascinating experience to cherish.

It is interesting to know that 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, which is blessed with great weather, beautiful landscapes, waterways and lush greenery. There are long rows of coconut trees giving it a tropical touch.

Houseboats in Kumarakom

Being a hub of exotic animal species, migratory birds, and some fascinating sights, here one can have a magical experience while enjoying a sojourn on a houseboat till midnight. Moreover, equipped with some lavish and ecstatic experiences, a stay on houseboats is an experience of a lifetime. With an array of houseboats to choose from, one can either hop on a paradise houseboat, or Indraprastham, or lakeview houseboats, or tharavadu houseboats, the options are plenty.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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.

Backwaters of Kumarakom

Famed for its backwater activities, Kumarakom offers some amazing experiences that beguile tourists to come here again and again.

Choose to sail through enticing views from Alleppey to Kumarakom while enjoying a cruise or houseboat ride. And, cherish dream-like views before snuggling to a cosy stay amidst nature. An excursion to the backwaters of Kumarakom also let people enjoy fishing, snake-boat racing and canoeing.

Romantic Places in Kumarakom

For couples who love to explore and enjoy a sojourn in the midst of nature, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall and its surrounding rubber plantations offering some pleasing views to the photographer’s eye can be a great attraction to visit on a honeymoon. There is also the Bay Island Drift Museum near the Kumarakom beach for history buffs. And, the Vembanad Lake- home to many marine and freshwater fish- is one of the highlights of Kumarakom tourism. While, Pathiramanal, also known as the Sands of Night, is a home to rare species of migratory birds. It is a great place to cherish bird watching, and have an invigorating experience while enjoying honeymoon in Kumarakom.

Things to Do in Kumarakom

Situated on the backwater lagoons in the state of Kerala, Kumarakom has proximity to many beautiful places which make a tour to this town even more interesting.

To make the most of their excursion, tourists can choose to unwind themselves in a beautiful and luxurious resort. Especially, a resort in the vicinity of the banks of the Vembanad Lake. And, while cruising through the beautiful backwaters and enchanting lakes, one can also try boating for an altogether a different experience. While, indulging in an ayurvedic massage treatment and watching splendid sunset views with their beloved can add some romantic moments to their honeymoon tour. Couples can also choose to hop on a tour to Vagamon hill station replete with lush green meadows.

Offering such a bountiful of experiences to cherish, a tour to Kumarakom can be quite memorable for couples. One can choose to book in between September and March, which is the best time to visit Kumarakom as the weather is pleasant during these months.

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How To Reach Kumarakom

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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 also serve Cochin city which helps save time and money for foreign tourists. AC cabs, non AC cabs, and city buses can be hired from Cochin Airport to reach Kumarakom by road.

The second nearest airport is at Trivandrum which is about 171 km away. There are a number of international and domestic flights available from and to Kumarakom. There are also numerous options of public transport available to reach the airport.

Kumarakom lies just 16 km away from the nearest city, Kottayam. The  foreign tourists can reach Kumarakom from anywhere outside India, easily where one can fly to Mumbai (Bombay) or Chennai (Madras) from there then take a flight to fly to Kerala where one has a choice of three international airports as entry points, namely Kochi (Cochin), Kozhikode (Calicut), and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Airports.

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 direct as well as stopover trains are available for this  route.

Kumarakom is accessible by boat from Muhamma, a town near Alleppey . There are state-run boats and private boats which  run  from Muhamma to Kumarakom. The boat ride to Kumarakom is a very scenic and delightful journey.There is ferry as well as available to Kumarakom .

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 private vehicles to enjoy a road trip. Luxury buses are available from Kottayam bus terminus, which is located around 14 km away from Kumarakom village which withholds the operation of buses serving cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Mangalore, and Cochin.There are as well as direct buses which travel up to Kumarakom . If one is feeling lazy and not feels like driving, one can easily hire a taxi and relax at the backseat of the cab and travel to Kumarakom from neighboring cities.

The most inexpensive and economical way to reach Kumarakom from nearby cities within Kerala is by a bus and while there are numerous Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses plying from Kottayam to Kumarakom.

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    Kishore

    Chennai

    Kishore's 5 days trip to Kumarakom

    I had a very nice experience, kerala is a beautiful place. Cab drivers were on time. Good service by the agent

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    Nazampreet Kaur

    Chandigarh

    Nazampreet's 4 days trip to Kumarakom

    The trip was awesome. Itinerary was well planned. Adil from bookitforgetit team was always just a call away.. thank you so much guys for making this trip as memorable as possible. A five star experience The trip was awesome. Itinerary was well planned. Adil from bookitforgetit team was always just a call away.. thank you so much guys for making this trip as memorable as possible. A five star experience

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    Jayant Parpe

    New delhi

    Jayant's 6 days trip to Kumarakom

    We had a very good experience by booking it through TT.

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    Shilpa Shendge

    Hyderabad

    Shilpa's 6 days trip to Kumarakom

    Trip was all good but expect our resort in Thekkady.. we were checked in crown valley resort.. ambience was good but there was no cleanliness in the room.. it was not cleaned. Floor , windows and bed lamps were full of dust. Apart from this, overall it was a good trip with travel triangle. We enjoyed our days in Munnar, allepey and poovar.. resorts were really good and hygiene.. munnar rivulet resort is very cleaned and maintained.

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    Vemulasindhura

    Bangalore

    Vemulasindhura's 4 days trip to Kumarakom

    Good... some places were not covered as in the iternary. Make sure that was said in before hand

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    Anikanakra

    Bengaluru

    Anikanakra's 3 days trip to Kumarakom

    Everything was good. I can say this trip was ok but ya can be improved much. Following points i want to highlight which require improvement: 1) Cab booked was AC sedan but driver kept denying for keeping AC on & it was really too hot in afternoon. 2) Driver was not much aware about routes. After reaching wayanad, he was asking routes of spot to us. I felt extreme pressure in searching spots sequence so that max places can be covered. 3) Trip was not at all clear to driver. 4) Hotel breakfast start timing is really late. I requested them in night for early breakfast that time they told yes but in morning there was no readiness. So we got late in starting and cannot complete all the places after getting ready early & rushing up for the remaining places. At last, i felt trip can be far better if its informed clearly to driver or trip planner will tell the sequence n routes to driver so that the person can enjoy the trip peacefully. I felt it unsatisfactory.

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    Gjyoti

    Bangalore

    Gjyoti's 4 days trip to Kumarakom

    The trip was memorable... I would like to give 5 star to houseboat.. Boatman and cook were very friendly... Food was excellent... I loved the hospitality... Everything was just perfect. We stayed in Raarees Mist resort.... Food was good... But we didn't get any view from executive room as we expected... There was no housekeeping...otherwise it was good trip..

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    Amitabh Sinha

    Delhi

    Amitabh's 4 days trip to Kumarakom

    Overall experience has been good & we enjoyed the trip. While breakfast & snacks at Kovalam hotel were not up to the expected standards , houseboat was well equipped & staff was courteous & had a good service attitude. Kanyakumari hotel was good & we enjoyed the stay. Motor boat cruise to Poovar island & Jataya earth centre are must-do & memorable experiences.

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    Navneet B

    Pune

    Navneet's 3 days trip to Kumarakom

    Everything well managed by Vikas its 5Star service , but we had few things from itinerary were closed but not informed to us which was disappointing .

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    Hukum Singh

    Jaipur

    Hukum's 7 days trip to Kumarakom

    Booked Kerala trip with BookItForgetIt and overall experience was awesome

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    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.

     

    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.

    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.

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