The beautiful Kumarakom backwaters

How To Reach Kumarakom

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

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How To Reach Kumarakom

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

Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake that makes it a hotspot for tourists who love the backwaters. And if you are enchanted by this destination and are wondering how to reach Kumarakom, then there are multiple ways for the same.

The question, how to reach Kumarakom can be answered via air, road, and railways, all of which are connected to all the major cities of Kerala. These transport options in Kumarakom are suitable for families, solo travelers, friends trip, and other kinds of 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, 6 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

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    • 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

      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, 24 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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