Kumarakom is a heavenly village which is located in the Kottyam district of? Kerala It consisting of three islands in Vembanad lake in the state. It has the largest backwater in Kerala which makes it a very popular tourist destination.
The backwaters of Kumarakom are a home to a rich variety of marine and freshwater fishes. Angling can be an exciting expedition here. You can enjoy the boat rides on Vembanad lake to satiate your adventurous side. Houseboats are a great option for exploring the backwaters, mangrove forests, green paddy fields and coconut palm trees. The traditional houseboat is called Kettuvalloms. For wildlife enthusiasts Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the best bet as it houses a wide variety of species of birds. Endangered Siberian Cranes can be seen here. Other bird species found here are egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl and cuckoo.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary plays a host to the endangered Siberian Cranes who flock to its wooded land in the winters. Their faces and bills which are as red as blood, wing tips in jet black and tufts in blissful white make you wonder how beautifully nature has coloured these creatures. Its local avian population consists of water fowls, owls, cuckoos, egret, heron, parrot, teal, larks, flycatcher, darters, drongoes, wood beetle and several other birds. Keep a look out for the native King fisher displaying its vibrant colours. You really have to try hard to listen to the music of the birds here.
Kerala is tantamount to backwaters. And you have not enjoyed your trip to Kerala to the hilt if you have not experienced the delight of the backwaters cruise in Kumarkom. It is one of the most celebrated backwaters destinations of the state and is located on the imposing Vembanand lake. On the backwaters? you can enjoy the adventurous activities such as boat cruise, fishing and canoeing which are full of joy and excitement. Boat races are an important event held here. Shoot the different species of aquatic life such as crabs, frogs, mud skippers, water birds like kingfisher, darters and cormorants and animals like turtles in and around the backwaters? with your camera.
Backwater Resort Kumarakom
Recreational activities offered by the backwaters resort are: houseboat rides on the azure waters, several water sports such as angling, swimming, and canoeing. Yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic massage are some of the activities you must indulge in. They will do wonders for your body, mind and soul. Laze around in the lawns of these resorts which offers breath taking views of mangroves, green paddy fields and coconut palm trees surrounding the backwaters. Listen to the chirping of birds, enjoy nature or spend some quiet moments with your own self .
The typical South Indian cuisine forms the cuisine of Komarakom. Dosa, idli, rice, fish and coconut chutney are the main food items.
The most famous festival of Kumarakom is Onam which is celebrated in the month of August/ September. The entire village is decorated with flowers and lights. The Dance performances are simply mind blowing.
Kumarakom is has tropical climate. Best time to visit Kumarakom is between November to march.
Accommodation is never a problem here. A wide range of hotels are available. Some of the famous ones are Taj Garden Retreat, Kumarakom Lake Resort, Tharavadu Heritage Home and Coconut Lagoon Resort.
Walk into any of the markets of Kumarakom and you will find gold and spices of the highest quality. Spices such as cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, turmeric and ginger are available in plenty.
How To Reach
Air: The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kottayam.
Road:A good network of road connects Kumarakom to all the main cities of Kerala.