An enchanting destination, Kumarakom backwaters is a small village that is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom strengthens Kerala's reputation for being God's own country with its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests, coconut groves and emerald green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lillies. It is part of the Kuttanad region, and the bird sanctuary here spread across 14 acres of any ornithologist's paradise.
This enchanting backwater destination offers visitors many leisure options. From wandering into the depths of its wildlife sanctuary to cruising down the back waters and fishing, Kumarakom is perfect for a lazy and laid back holiday. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is with a boat trip round the islands. Pass through hundreds of swaying verdant coconut palms lining the rivers as they lean to brush the tops of your heads. Kumarakom is an example of nature at her bountiful best in the fragrant flowers, the riot of multi-coloured birds, the surrounding greenery and the clear waters.
Tourist Destinations in Kumarakom
The Vembanad Lake
The Vembanad Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. It flows through the verdant lands of Kerala and offers one of the best backwater cruises. Most of the flora and fauna in this region flourishes around this supply of fresh water. The lake also acts as a balancing tank against floods, and its wooded banks, temptingly invite a visitor to explore more. The boats that ply on the lake vary from the large stitched-hull, cargo carriers with domed mat-roofs to houseboats.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
One of the most famous bird sanctuaries in India, Kumarakom BS is nestled over an area of 14 hectares, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Home to numerous rare avian species, this is a great place to watch migratory birds from Himalayas and Siberia. Every year the months of June and August see maximum visitors as this is the breeding season. During this time one can witness Indian Darter, Little Cormorant, kingfishers, waterfowl, Siberian Cranes and wood beetles among many others. Best way to acquaint this bird sanctuary is with a relaxing boat trip.
Timings: 6 am ? 6 pm (Open all days and all year round)
Kumarakom is situated 15 km from Kottayam on the Vembanad Lake. This little backwater town is well known for its rubber plantations. Christianity is the dominant religion here and it is dotted with pretty old churches. Rejuvenating ayurvedic massages are available here. Thekkady, a major wildlife center lies 114 km from here, and Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrim center is another 134 km from Kottayam.
The charmingly unkept coastal town of Alappuzha, formerly called Alleppey, lies close by. With its labyrinth of canals, bridges, silver beaches, and cheerful people it makes for a memorable holiday. Alappuzha is a never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, and long canals that offers enjoyable boat cruises to Kollam along the scenic Vembanad Lake.
Water Sports in Kumarakom
Kumarakom is best described as a picturesque clean village like most places in Kerala. It has lately become a preferred tourist destination. Boat races, houseboat cruise, canoeing and fishing are some of the main attractions of this simple place. The huge houseboats, traditionally known as the Kettuvalloms, are complete with living rooms, toilets, kitchen, balcony for angling and it is possible to live on them for days together for a truly unique experience. These Kettuvalloms are actually remodeled cargo barges made of wooden planks joined together by rope only, without using nails at all.
Kumarakom lies in the region of Kuttanad, which is the rice bowl of Kerala. Here farming is done below sea level. The peace and quiet, biting fresh air and unspoiled life style of the simple people of Kumarakom are a unique and rejuvenating experience that surpasses any modern entertainment activity or pastime.
Best Time to Visit
Winters months between September till March are the best time to visit Kumarakom. Climate is pleasant during this time making it easy for tourism. Monsoon months from June to September are the best for bird watching, long walks and photography. To view the hills in full bloom, don?t forget to bring your umbrella or raincoat.
How to Reach Kumarakom
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is about 76 kms from Kottayam town. Kottayam is the nearest railhead to Kumarakom, about 16 km away and provides a link to all major cities in Kerala and India with numerous trains plying its route daily. The nearest bus terminal is also at Kottayam.
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Important Travel Information
Kumarakom is located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced tropical climate. The local spring season emerges from August and coincides with the harvest festival of Onam. There is always a cool, fresh breeze, which makes even the warmest weather readily agreeable. The South West monsoon is from early June to early August. However, slight drizzles persist till early November. Average rainfall is 1100 mm per year. The peak tourist season is from November to March.
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