Kumarakom Tourism, Kerala
Kumarakom’s divine beaches, backwaters, & cluster of islands will make for a mesmerizing and scenic holiday!
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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...
- Bird Watching
- Scenic view
- Speed boat ride
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 ...
- Ideal for families
- Ideal for couples
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 ...
- Boat Tour
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 ...
- Bird Watching
- Ideal For Family
- Ideal for friends
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...
- Ideal For Family
- Serene views
- Fishing trip
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.
The lush green paddy fields, gorgeou...
- Nature Walk
- Scenic Beauty
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...
- Houseboat Stay
- Ideal for couples
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 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 .
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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FAQ's of Kumarakom
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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.
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.
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