The beautiful Kumarakom backwaters

Things To Do In Kumarakom

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Tourism in Kumarakom

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Best Things To Do In Kumarakom

Your list of the best things to do, compiled on the basis of actual traveler experiences

Kumarakom is an enchanting destination with a stunning view of the waterfalls and backwaters. It is a great place for nature enthusiasts and there are many things to do in Kumarakom for tourists. These include boating, nature walks and visiting sanctuaries, trekking, and more. Together, these things to do in Kumarakom come together for a beautiful holiday experience. 

Kumarakom is situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake where one comes across different types of traditional boats ranging from canoes to country boats. Other interesting things to do in Kumarakom include activities such as ayurvedic massage, boating, fishing, yoga, and meditation. These are stress buster activities for families, children, couples, and even friends trip.

Adventure sports in Kumarakom include water sports activities such as wind-sailing and water skiing which makes it one of the major tourist destinations for travelers all around the globe. Tourists can also hire a canoe along with a fishing rod to catch their own supper. Adventurous buffs can plan the itinerary accordingly and include the best activities to do in Kumarakom.

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One of the most popular things to do in Kumarakom is attending the Onam Festival. It is during this festival that the city is in it's full zeal and splendour. The backwaters are buzzing with speeding snake boats in the months of August and September to celebrate the spirit and joy of Onam, setting the scene for colourful water parades and the snake boat races. These attract a lot of local, domestic, and international crowd. Taking a ride in the backwaters also give a glimpse of the local life, and gives the traveler an option to appreciate the paddy fields, mangroves, natural vegetation and other flora and fauna, especially, the birds.

For those looking for a more laid-back holiday and more leisurely things to do in Kumarakom, it is a good idea to indulge in some Ayurvedic therapies and massages or take a serene trip of the backwaters. Ayurvedic massages and therapies are some of the must-do activities in Kumarakom. Other options include visits to the Kumarakom beach which very popular among the couples, families, solo travelers, and groups of friends.

For nature lovers, the main points of interest include national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that give one a chance to spot some rare animals and birds. The bird sanctuary is a popular tourist destination and is a bird haven where migratory birds from all parts of the world can be seen. 

Thus the top things to do in Kumarakom include creating a mixture of activities scattered over multiple days. These can be fishing, boating, kayaking, shopping for souvenirs from street markets, enjoying the nightlife, and trying the local cuisine.


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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, gorge...

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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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    • Trip to Kumarakom

      Communication of agent and driver were too good. Tree house Boat house paradise Kumarakom
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      Harsha Rathi

      Hingoli, 7 days ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      I am back from my trip Kerala Trip. These are someone of my viewpoints/feedback. I am going to share the same on the website as well. 1. Lakesong Resort (Kumarakom) - 5/5. Very good resort, beautifully located right next to the lake. 2. Cab Transfers - 6/5. Extremely happy with the service. The driver Ashraf was extremely helpful and humble. Amazing experience. 3. Houseboat (Allepey) - 0/5. This was the only scar in the whole trip and i was regretting taking this thing at all. The total trip they did was not more than 4 hours probably. The people was not humble or polite and it at times felt like we are unwanted guest in their house. The requests was not considered in few cases, they just did what they wanted. They charged a bomb but not at all happy. The sole reason to book through travel triangle was to get the best service places as i am completely unaware(specially houseboat). But did not get this.
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      Saagar Srivastava

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    • Trip to Kumarakom

      Overall trip was good.. Hotel was a bit disappointment.. Especially food in hotel needs improvement... Cab driver was good, supportive and informative.. House boat was good.. Location changed of houseboat from allepey to kumarakom without our notice.. Actually we were supposed to board houseboat at alleppey.. Last day we were left stranded at airport as cab driver has to pick next customer eventhough we were in ongoing trip upto evening... As our flight was at 6:10.in evening we were left at airport at 1.00 in afternoon... In order to pick next visitor.. Rest all was good.. Planning.. Information.. Local sightseeing..... Jeep trekking in munnar...
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      Ramanauall

      Hyderabad, a month ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      Second trip (Munnar & Kumarakom) with Trips On Clicks within a year and they lived upto the expectation. Satyajeet Singh as usual was very efficient in planning the whole trip as per our requirements. There was an infant with us and every possible care and arrangements were done to help us enjoy the whole trip. To say the least, it was a fabulous vacation spent and looking forward to many more with Satyajeet and Trips On Clicks!!
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      Rajarshi Basu

      Kolkata, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      I traveled to Kerela along with my wife and my 1-year daughter. The destination is awesome but the trip manager and agent was not helpful. I had few issues while traveling which was not resolved by travel agent Trip Trello and my trip manager Sneha instead of contacting them well in advance. 1. I booked my houseboat for Allepey but without my consent, my houseboat was shifted to Kumarakom. I contacted the team regarding this issue but instead of correcting it they were trying to convince me. 2. The houseboat was very bad and the staff was really unprofessional especially cook. You can find Cockroaches, mosquitoes, and lizards on the houseboat. 3. It was mentioned in the iteniery that I will be served with Handmade Chocolates, Flower Bed, Candle Light Dinner and Honeymoon Cake on Houseboat but nothing was served and fulfilled. They also served stale sambhar in breakfast. 4. Cab driver was very particular about not serving after 7 PM. So, you may miss a number of things like you start enjoying beach life after 7 which you can't do. You can't shop in the evening. You can go out after 7 to any other place. 5. Sunset at Kanyakumari (which is really one of the very beautiful spots to watch the sunset) was included in the plan but the cab driver was so keen to return by 7. He was worried and discussed this thing with us up to 10 times and at last, we didn't saw the sunset cz of him. 6. Cab driver was very keen to go to the places first where he has some commission fixed with the shops and spots. For example, Waterpark in Munnar, Spice Garden, Elephant ride and other activities in thekkady, backwaters ride in Povar. Thankfully I was read his intentions and didn't allow to ruin my trip by with unnecessary expenses. But the driver was knowledgeable about roads, spots and very nice to respond. 7. Overall Kerala is a very beautiful location and we had a great time there except Houseboat. I would recommend to book a backwater resort with a 2-3 hours houseboat ride instead of staying there. 8. The spots to remember during my Kerala trip are: a. Munnar - Ragamaya Resort (5 star and beautiful location, must stay), Echo point, Tea Garden, Sunset Point and shopping in New Munnar Town; b. Thekkedy - boat ride at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Apart from this I found this place boring, so you can skip this place unless you want to do tracking and safari), Handmade Pizza at Coffee Garden - Rooftop Restaurant (best in Thekkady) which was walking distance from my hotel Peppervine; c. Kumarakom - The only best time on the houseboat was Sunset and Morning Ride. d. Povar/Kovalam/Kanyakumari - Lighthouse Beach, Estuary Island Resort located in Povar but it is 45 mins away from popular beaches Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach etc located in Kovalam. Due to 7 PM condition of cab driver, we didn't get enough time to spend. So, it is recommended that instead take a resort in Kovalam, Vivekanand Memorial at Kanyakumari. Overall, Kerala is a must visit place and it truly justifies its name "God's own country" but choose your package wisely.
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      Princejainmba

      New delhi, 5 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      We enjoyed our Kerala tour arranged by FabLeaf Enterprises. First time we visited the state of Kerala and we are overwhelmed with the scenic beauty of Kerala. All the arrangements were good including flights, hotel stay and driver. Though the hotels at Verkala and Kovalam can be a bit better in their cleanliness and breakfast. Houseboat stay in kumarakom and hotel stay with sightseeing at Munnar were awesome.
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      Piyu Purohit

      Delhi, 5 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      Good communication to get the itinerary right Places visited and safe driver Tea estate and museum tour Food in Kumarakom Boat ride
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      S Dass

      Melbourne, 6 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      I have visited to munnar,thekkady, kumarakom and Cochin for 1 week. Nice arrangements by travel value Rizwan. The cab driver was very curtious and soft spoken. We have enjoyed the Kerala trip. Rizwan was in touch with me all the way in my trip enquiring about my trip .Thanks to travel triangle and travel value Rizwan House Boat ride in kumarakom
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      Sadiq Ali

      Andhra pradesh, 7 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      I had booked for a three nights four days package with Travel triangle, received many quotes and finally pinned down to My Kerala Tours . The tour operator was good and gave me multiple quotations although there were lot of changes in thhe no of people. They politely accomodated all my requests. In between the agent who was planning my trip from the tour operator side changed and i faced little issues with the new agent. However the manager Delsy had contacted me and offered to take it up . I Stayed in Leela Palace at kovalam, Lake song at Kumarakom and a premier boat house, the places where we stayed was awesome. Leela palace was luxury , lake song was value for money and the house boat was very good. The travel part was through a 17 seater tempo traveller, however the back seats were just enough for the luggages. The seats were a bit cramped and made us a bit uncomfortable during the long journey between Kovalam to Kumarakom. Overal the trip was an excellent and memorable one . Kovalam - The stay at Leela palace at the best pricing was great. Athirampally falls : Great view
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      Sai Kirthi

      Chennai, 8 months ago

    • Trip to Kumarakom

      Munnar was superb the hotel and the views were mesmerising Kumarakom - not advisable the worst part was the the hotel soma Kerala palace It’s an Ayurvedic resort and not a leisure resort Power flcuation was the main problem Our room was a play ground for insects But overall the trip was awesome I would rate my trip 4 out of 5 Munnar misty mountain and views from the hotel was superb
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      Nishit Urmi

      Hyderabad, 8 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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