Kumarakom, another jewel in the tiara of Kerala-God's own country, is the immaculate, tropical city mesmerizing travelers with its stunning landscapes and picturesque environs. It serves as an ideal holiday destination in Kerala for all types of travelers whether honeymooners or leisure explorers.
The name of this place was derived from the goddess of the oldest shrine Kumaran. The place surrounding the Vembanad Lake was considered fertile as the bank of this lake was overlapped by the marshy mangroves. In 1878, the lake was cleared as well as replaced by massive coconut and rice plantations. This region, at earlier days was part of Vadakkancore Empire. However, in 1750 it was conquered by the king of Travacore, Marthanda Varna.
The modern record of this exotic backwater city began with Alfred George Baker’s arrival in 1874, who was an English farmer. He converted 500 acres land of this Vembanad Lake into paddy fields and gardens and constructed Baker’s dwelling, in which his four generations dwelled until 1962.
To protect or to safeguard the ecology of this small town, the government of Kerala has declared it as a unique tourist spot. Under the preservation of Kerala government, any type of unofficial development has been banned at this location.
This gateway to Kerala's Backwater has well-balanced tropical conditions.
Summer Temp. - 22.6 oC-38 oC
Winter Temp.-18 oC-35 oC
Best Time to Visit-November to March
By Car: It takes 2 hours from Cochin International Airport to reach Kumarakom.
By Air: Trivandrum International Airport and Cochin International Airport are two air routes to reach at this gateway to Kerala's backwaters. The Cochin airport is 75 kms away from the city.
By Train: You can take train from Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai railway stations to Kerala. The nearest railhead is 16 Kms away from Kottayam link.
By Boat: You can hire a houseboat from Muhamma to Kumarakom Jetty.
Shopping Alternatives : Besides having limited shopping alternatives, Kumarakom is famous for its local handicrafts that would make excellent mementos or gifts that travelers can take home for family and friends. The knick-knacks made up of coconut shells like lampshades, lamps as well as ashtrays and textile items of clothing. For a greater shopping alternative you can head towards Cochin that houses a large retail section.
Food: From super luxury bistros to local eateries, Kumarakom offers plethora of dining alternatives. The dining out alternatives over here includes North Indian, Chinese, American as well as continental and many others. Rice and fish is enjoyed by locals usually. The main ingredient in its eateries includes coconut. The spicy taste of food generally might not be suitable for outsiders but they can try out other options too.
There is no dearth of staying options in Kumarakom. From five star hotels to budgeted lodges, visitors have extensive options to choose from. The major hotels and resorts include:
The Bay Island Driftwood Museum is a best place to visit during your stay in Kumarakom. This museum is one of its kinds in the whole country and features fascinating pieces of timbers twisted as well as formed naturally by water and further carved by Ms Punnoose. Many of these wood pieces resemble amphibians, birds, animals, fishes and reptiles.
Weekday: 10.00 am to 05.00 pm
Sunday: 11.30 am to 05.00 pm
Kumarakom hosts some of the colorful and lively celebrations rooted from ancient tradition like Snake Boat Race during Onam the harvesting festival of Kerala.