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