A cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake in the Kuttanad region of Kerala, Kumarakom is a relaxing vacation option especially if you want to take a houseboat cruise in the labyrinth of backwaters with its shimmering waters amidst green mangrove forests, blue skies and migratory birds flocking the waters. Nat Geo Magazine has described it as one of the must-see places in a lifetime.
Kumarakom or Alleppey ?
Most people when planning their Kerala trip are confused about choosing between the two.
The simple answer is this: Choose an Alleppey backwaters vacation if you want to stay in the houseboat overnight. Choose a Kumarakom houseboat vacation if you want to cruise in the backwaters through the day and experience the local village life.
It is also more enjoyable to watch the sunset when the boat is anchored in the Kumarakom backwaters (eastern side of the lake) as compared to Alleppey on the western side.
Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 13 km from Kumarakon
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 94 km from Kumarakom to Kochi. There are many budget direct flights to Cochin from most airports in India.
Being one of the top visited places for Kerala tourism, it boasts of a number of hotels and resorts. Although, the stay options are biased towards the luxury sector the most notable options being Kumarakom Taj Vivanta and Kumarakom Lake Resort, there are few budget hotels (Alleppey is known for its budget hotel options), the most notable being Renai Green Fields.
Other interesting stay options include backwater retreat houseboats in Kumarakom that are popular among honeymooners and couples. Waterscapes, backwater resort of KTDC offers stilt cottages, set amidst coconut groves and a view of the backwaters.
Places to visit in Kumarakom
1. Vembanad Lake
The best and the most popular place is of course the Vembanad Lake which is where the majority of your vacation will be spent on a houseboat cruising along the backwaters of Kerala and watching the beautiful sunset on the Kumarakom side of the lake.
2. Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls
The best among places for Kumarakom sightseeing would be the Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls. This serene waterfall is a photographer’s dream to capture in the right season.
3. Kumarakom bird sanctuary
The bird sanctuary is a major crowd puller for kumarakom tourism and one can see various variety of migratory birds all year round. The monsoon season of course is the greenest and the most beautiful. It is a wildlife photographer and ornithologist’s paradise.
4. Kumarakom Beach
Another attraction in God’s own country are its beaches and no visit is complete without a stroll onaman its beautiful beaches. You can also indulge in various water sports here like water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and boating.
5. Pathiramanal Island
Pathiramanal Island is known for its luxurious stay option right on the Vembanad Lake. It is also famous for Pathiramanal Biopark, and a mysterious temple hidden in the dense foliage.
6. Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Bay Island Driftwood Museum is one of a kind. It exhibits carvings and intricate woodwork on driftwood or any water recovered wood. These unique pieces of woodwork are awe-worthy to even those who don’t claim to understand art.
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