Kumarakom - Gateway to Kerala Backwaters

The pristine and tropical Kumarakom is a cluster of picturesque and small islands dotted around the beautiful Vembanad Lake in Kottayam district of Kerala. Meandering lagoons, enchanting backwaters, never ending paddy fields and slander coconut trees that you will find here, there and everywhere in Kumarakom will have an invigorating effect on your mind, body and soul. Holidays in Kumarakom amidst dense mangroves, captivating coconut canopies and enchanting backwaters decked with lilies and pristine beaches provide a perfect escapade to the weary travelers duirng Kumarakom Tour.Kumarakom is considered to be the Gateway for the famous Kuttanad Backwaters.

It is a perfect destination for those looking for sleepy and lazy holidays. Endless miles of tranquil waterways which are flanked by emerald palms provide a visual delight to the visitors to Kumarakom tour. Panoramic vistas of the nature will slowly glide past from floor to ceiling windows of your houseboat during your backwater cruises, providing you a breathtaking view of the surroundings and making your journey truly mesmerizing. Everything moves at leisurely slow pace in Kumarakom and its endless expanses of lush greenery, dense mangroves and vast stretches of paddy fields are enlivened with the melodious lullabies of colorful exotic birds intermittently. Welcome to Kumarakom!

Kumarakom Tourist Attractions :

Vembanad Lake : Vembanad Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia which is home to exotic flora, fauna and marine species. You can enjoy backwater cruises in traditional "Kettuvallam" houseboats here. Vembanad lake has a tiny island in the center, named Pathiramanal or the Midnight Sands which is accessible through a boat. Vembanad Lake is one of the very famous Kumarakom tourist places.

Backwater Cruises : Experience backwater cruise in Kumarakom to appreciate it. The facilities for canoeing, boating and fishing are available for the tourists here. Plan to stay in houseboat for a couple of days when you will be taken to some sparsely populated stretches of tranquil backwaters of Kerala with overhanging palm trees above and the exotic marine life below.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary : This 14 acres Kumarakom bird sanctuary is located on the banks of Vembanad Lake and is an ornithologist's paradise. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is favorite haunt of Siberian Stork, darter and other water birds. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best option to sport a variety of migratory and domestic birds which are found here. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is counted as most visited Kumarakom tourist places.

Bay Island Drifting Museum : Located near Kumarakom jetty, it has pillared verandahs and sloping tiled roofs. Its chiseled driftwoods display the "Art of the Sea"sculptures and paintings which were carved by a retired school teacher, Raji Punnoose.

Around Kumarakom Tourist Places

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls : Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls Situated 18 km from Kottayam, the tiny streams of water make their way through the landscape and then beautifully cascade down from a height of 100 ft to the ground, making it a favorite picnic spot.

Kottayam : Situated 16 km off Kumarakom, the town is known for its profusion of churches with remarkable paintings.

Alleppey Beach : A beautiful beach for holidaying and merry making. Vijaya Beach Park has Toy Trains and Bicycles which are a real delight for the children.

Kochi : 70 km. Famous for beautiful cathedrals and lush greenery all around.

Getting There:

By Air : Kochi International Airport is 85 km from Kumarakom which is well connected with other cities in India and the Gulf countries.

By Train : Kottayam Railway Station is 16 km away which connects it with other cities in Kerala and India.

By Road : State run KSRTC and private buses connect Kumarakom with other neighboring cities.

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