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

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3 Days

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Rs. 2,500
  • Ideal for families
  • Honeymoon
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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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Places To Visit In Kumarakom

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  • Pathiramanal Island In Kumarakom

    A small but beautiful island in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, Pathiramanal Island is one of the best kept secrets of the state. For those wondeirng how to reach pathiramanal, it is located in the centre of Vembanad Lake. Loosely referring to “sands of night”, the Pathiramanal Island Kerala is a major tourist destination...

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  • Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall In Kumarakom

    Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls is one of the most popular picnic spots near Kumarakom, and rightly so. It is a beautiful place that has a gushing waterfall rushing down from a height of 100 mts. There is lush greenery all around making it one of the best getaways for all. Tourists, as well as locals, can visit this waterfall for a ...

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  • Kumarakom Backwaters

    The beauty of the Kumarakom Backwaters lies in its tranquility. A sense of peace prevails as you glide across the calm canals, past the small fishing villages and further towards the edge of the sea. When in Kerala, tourists make sure that they spend at least a night or a few hours at the backwaters, if not on an overnight ...

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  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary In Kumarakom

    The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated near the beautiful Vembanad Lake. Home to hundreds of migratory birds, the sanctuary is sprawled across more than 14 acres of lush green land. It is a must visit for tourists who admire nature or love watching birds. Wrapped in an evergreen setting, this sanctuary is one of the most ...

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    • Ideal For Family
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  • Vembanad Lake In Kumarakom

    The longest lake in India, Vembanad Lake is one of the most popular attractions in Kerala. The largest lake in Kerala, one of the largest in the country and even one of the largest freshwater lakes in the continent, Vembanad Lake is a tranquil spot for those looking to relax and enjoy their vacation away from the hustle bu...

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Things To Do In Kumarakom

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  • Nature Walk In Kumarakom

    Kumarakom is beautiful in its own way, and there’s no doubt that the best way to soak and treat your eyes with the magical beauty of nature is by going for a nature walk in Kumarakom. The experience of a nature tour is refreshing, soul-satisfying, and the best way to soothe one’s mind.

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  • Backwater Cruise In Kumarakom

    The backwaters in Kumarakom have gained much fame over the years for their serenity and beauty. And so of all the things to do, the Kumarakom backwater cruise is considered to be a must-do! It not only lets you experience the breathtaking beauty of the backwaters but also offers the much-needed pampering and refreshing exp...

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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 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.

For one to enjoy the scenery a road trip is a must which helps one to appreciate the beautiful surroundings, paddy fields, lakes and lush forests. The villages offer a peek at the local life and one can also stop over and enjoy the breathtaking views

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    • Trip to Kumarakom

      Me along with my friends have traveled to Kerala to visit Alleppey, Munnar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam and Cochin for 9 days with Raisoone Travels. Ranjan from Raisoone Travels helped us to choose and visit best places with reasonable package but with premium properties. Our overall trip went very well with out any hassles. On tour support was also superb, we got some issues during check-in to Kumarakom Hotel but it was resolved immediately by Raisoone Travels, this is why you should book your tour with good travel agency. They provided us a very good customer service with very well behaved professional driver who is been very supportive through out our journey. I am proudly rating them 5 Star for all the support and services during trip. Willing to travel with Raisoone Travels again in the future !!!!
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      Pune, 7 days ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      We had excellent trip with the customized itenary and appreciate Anita from MM travels . Even after the first choice of hotels Anita looks for good deals on upgraded hotels and had wonderful stay with Kalathikal resort. Boat ride at Vaikom - kumarakom learned row boat ride at Kalathikal resort
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      Arun Mahalingam

      Guruvayur, 18 days ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      We had excellent trip with the customized itenary and appreciate Anita from MM travels . Even after the first choice of hotels Anita looks for good deals on upgraded hotels and had wonderful stay with Kalathikal resort. Boat ride at Vaikom - kumarakom learned row boat ride at Kalathikal resort
      AM

      Arun Mahalingam

      Guruvayur, 18 days ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      We had excellent trip with the customized itenary and appreciate Anita from MM travels . Even after the first choice of hotels Anita looks for good deals on upgraded hotels and had wonderful stay with Kalathikal resort. Boat ride at Vaikom - kumarakom learned row boat ride at Kalathikal resort
      AM

      Arun Mahalingam

      Guruvayur, 18 days ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      Kerala trip to Guruvayur, Alleppy, Kumarakom& Thiruvananthapuram was truly enjoyable. Highlight of the trip was the journey in the houseboat which was new experience. Last but not the least is the services rendered by Mr Sharan Kumar, driver accompanying us on the trip. TRULY MEMORABLE.
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      AK Aishwarya

      Hyderabad, 25 days ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      The fact that Kerala itself is such an awe of beauty it can always make one ignore the negative aspects of any trip. Mountains, valleys, backwater, beaches, forests and every other aspects of nature makes this place itself an one man army. To talk about Travel Triangle, thanks a lot for arranging such an wonderful trip. The travel expert Anita was always responsive and a call or text away from reach. It was heavy rain and bad weather just 3days before our trip but Anita and her team made us always feel safe with the positive vibes and live information. The next part is the car and our driver Binil, probably one of the best part of the trip and a truly good man. Always punctual very friendly and kindof our tour guide, Thanks a lot to him. But two things that i must be honestly say I didnt like from the team: 1. Before the booking , i asked and confirmed many a times about extra bed as there was a lady with us, and i was ensured about that extra bed will be provided but from the hotels we come to know that they only provide extra mattress on the ground and not an extra bed and its the only thing they provide, so it was a complete misguidance and very disappointing. 2. We booked for allepy but only on the particular day we came to know that our booking has been shifted to Kumarakom houseboat, which was quite a far away, this should have been informed before. Apart from these the trip was excellent, hotels were good too only except the extra bed facility, the fact that Kerala itself is so mesmerizing it could easily make one ignore all the faults.Its truly - "Gods Own Country"
      HF

      Himadri Fun

      Bangalore, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      The fact that Kerala itself is such an awe of beauty it can always make one ignore the negative aspects of any trip. Mountains, valleys, backwater, beaches, forests and every other aspects of nature makes this place itself an one man army. To talk about Travel Triangle, thanks a lot for arranging such an wonderful trip. The travel expert Anita was always responsive and a call or text away from reach. It was heavy rain and bad weather just 3days before our trip but Anita and her team made us always feel safe with the positive vibes and live information. The next part is the car and our driver Binil, probably one of the best part of the trip and a truly good man. Always punctual very friendly and kindof our tour guide, Thanks a lot to him. But two things that i must be honestly say I didnt like from the team: 1. Before the booking , i asked and confirmed many a times about extra bed as there was a lady with us, and i was ensured about that extra bed will be provided but from the hotels we come to know that they only provide extra mattress on the ground and not an extra bed and its the only thing they provide, so it was a complete misguidance and very disappointing. 2. We booked for allepy but only on the particular day we came to know that our booking has been shifted to Kumarakom houseboat, which was quite a far away, this should have been informed before. Apart from these the trip was excellent, hotels were good too only except the extra bed facility, the fact that Kerala itself is so mesmerizing it could easily make one ignore all the faults.Its truly - "Gods Own Country"
      HF

      Himadri Fun

      Bangalore, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      The fact that Kerala itself is such an awe of beauty it can always make one ignore the negative aspects of any trip. Mountains, valleys, backwater, beaches, forests and every other aspects of nature makes this place itself an one man army. To talk about Travel Triangle, thanks a lot for arranging such an wonderful trip. The travel expert Anita was always responsive and a call or text away from reach. It was heavy rain and bad weather just 3days before our trip but Anita and her team made us always feel safe with the positive vibes and live information. The next part is the car and our driver Binil, probably one of the best part of the trip and a truly good man. Always punctual very friendly and kindof our tour guide, Thanks a lot to him. But two things that i must be honestly say I didnt like from the team: 1. Before the booking , i asked and confirmed many a times about extra bed as there was a lady with us, and i was ensured about that extra bed will be provided but from the hotels we come to know that they only provide extra mattress on the ground and not an extra bed and its the only thing they provide, so it was a complete misguidance and very disappointing. 2. We booked for allepy but only on the particular day we came to know that our booking has been shifted to Kumarakom houseboat, which was quite a far away, this should have been informed before. Apart from these the trip was excellent, hotels were good too only except the extra bed facility, the fact that Kerala itself is so mesmerizing it could easily make one ignore all the faults.Its truly - "Gods Own Country"
      HF

      Himadri Fun

      Bangalore, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      The fact that Kerala itself is such an awe of beauty it can always make one ignore the negative aspects of any trip. Mountains, valleys, backwater, beaches, forests and every other aspects of nature makes this place itself an one man army. To talk about Travel Triangle, thanks a lot for arranging such an wonderful trip. The travel expert Anita was always responsive and a call or text away from reach. It was heavy rain and bad weather just 3days before our trip but Anita and her team made us always feel safe with the positive vibes and live information. The next part is the car and our driver Binil, probably one of the best part of the trip and a truly good man. Always punctual very friendly and kindof our tour guide, Thanks a lot to him. But two things that i must be honestly say I didnt like from the team: 1. Before the booking , i asked and confirmed many a times about extra bed as there was a lady with us, and i was ensured about that extra bed will be provided but from the hotels we come to know that they only provide extra mattress on the ground and not an extra bed and its the only thing they provide, so it was a complete misguidance and very disappointing. 2. We booked for allepy but only on the particular day we came to know that our booking has been shifted to Kumarakom houseboat, which was quite a far away, this should have been informed before. Apart from these the trip was excellent, hotels were good too only except the extra bed facility, the fact that Kerala itself is so mesmerizing it could easily make one ignore all the faults.Its truly - "Gods Own Country"
      HF

      Himadri Fun

      Bangalore, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      The fact that Kerala itself is such an awe of beauty it can always make one ignore the negative aspects of any trip. Mountains, valleys, backwater, beaches, forests and every other aspects of nature makes this place itself an one man army. To talk about Travel Triangle, thanks a lot for arranging such an wonderful trip. The travel expert Anita was always responsive and a call or text away from reach. It was heavy rain and bad weather just 3days before our trip but Anita and her team made us always feel safe with the positive vibes and live information. The next part is the car and our driver Binil, probably one of the best part of the trip and a truly good man. Always punctual very friendly and kindof our tour guide, Thanks a lot to him. But two things that i must be honestly say I didnt like from the team: 1. Before the booking , i asked and confirmed many a times about extra bed as there was a lady with us, and i was ensured about that extra bed will be provided but from the hotels we come to know that they only provide extra mattress on the ground and not an extra bed and its the only thing they provide, so it was a complete misguidance and very disappointing. 2. We booked for allepy but only on the particular day we came to know that our booking has been shifted to Kumarakom houseboat, which was quite a far away, this should have been informed before. Apart from these the trip was excellent, hotels were good too only except the extra bed facility, the fact that Kerala itself is so mesmerizing it could easily make one ignore all the faults.Its truly - "Gods Own Country"
      HF

      Himadri Fun

      Bangalore, 2 months ago

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    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 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.

    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.

     

    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.

    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.

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