Kumarakom is included under the Kuttanad region of Kottayam district in the God’s own country. The village of Kumarakom is the best place to spend a calm and relaxing day amidst the lush flowery landscapes. The aesthetic beauty of Kumarakom has always acted as a magnet in attracting people from all around the world. The tropical climate and the plethora of bird species are a perfect combination make every holiday enjoyable. Additionally, the backwaters and the swaying coconut trees add to the beauty and help you weave wonderful memories.
Though a small village, Kumarakom is a hub for people who are on the lookout for backwater tourism. The village rest beside the Vembanad Lake which is also known as the biggest freshwater lake in the state. Moreover, Kumarakom is home to a wide array of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a must visit spot in Kumarakom and it would never fail to keep all the bird lovers entertained. On the other hand, for people who appreciate the marine life, Vembanad Lake will unfurl itself to you and let you catch a glimpse of the very famous Black Tiger Prawn aka Poovalan Chemeen as known in the local language.
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary extends up to an area of 14 acres. This area is the most favoured haunt for all migratory birds. The main highlights include cuckoo, egret, heron, moorhen, teal, lark and more. Due to all these reasons, Kumarakom happens to be better suited to be title as a honeymoon destination and has to offer the best honeymoon packages. Usually, Kumarakom features a moderate tropical climate.
Houseboats are yet another attraction at Kumarakom. The feeling of soaring through the backwater of Kerala is unexplainable. For this reason, houseboats have gained huge recognition all around the world. During Onam, a cultural festival of Kerala held during the month of August or September, boat race is conducted with pomp and splendour in the Vembanad Lake. A few resorts are present at the bank of Vembanad Lake that offers their guest the luxury to go fishing and yatching.
Other than the lake and houseboats, tourists could also go and visit the traditional temple and museums to dive deep into the ancient culture. The restaurants here offer mouth-watering delicacies and sea-foods. Furthermore, every visitor must at least once try the special ‘toddy’ available at almost all restaurants here. It is sweet and tangy at the same time that you won’t be able to restrict yourself to just one glass.
Vembanad Lake – Being the largest and the longest lake in Kerala and one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, Vembanad Lake is a place that gets a huge tourist attraction. Spending the day here in a houseboat is something you should do once in your life.
Kumarakom Bird sanctuary – The sanctuary located near the banks of Vembanad lake preserve a vast variety of protected birds like Siberian Crane, Parrot, Egrets, waterfowls, Darters, owls, and a lot more.
Pathiramanal – This is a fascinating island with thick flora surrounded by the Vembanad Lake where you can go by boat. The name Pathiramanal means the Sands of midnight. You can watch hundreds of rare migrating birds every year on the island.
Aruvikkuzhi waterfall - After trekking about 2 km through the muddy path you’ll reach a wonderful waterfall dropping over the rocks in the middle of rubber plantations and rock-strewn ridges.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum – The museum beholds a wide collection of unique driftwood sculptures. The collected works have a very high artistic value and were ready through inventive modern art.
The Great Backwaters Parallel to Vembanad Lake lies a string of salty lagoons, rivers, and lakes. This is the heart of backwater tourism in Kerala.
Houseboat – You can’t miss the houseboat ride in the largest lake of Kerala. Sail in the luxurious houseboats embracing the beauty of the plantations, lush nature and, the charming backwaters.
Ayurvedic treatment – Relax your body, mind, and soul and ease all your senses with the goodness of the best Ayurvedic massages, spa, and other treatments like Shirodhara, ksheeradhara, Maya spa, Njavarakizhi, etc. Some of these treatments are so popular that it might require early booking.
Kathakali – Kathakali is a traditional dance form in Kerala. It is a fascinating and completely diverse art form. Many tourists come to Kumarakom to watch this unique performance as the resorts here arranges it for them.
Boat race – This is the place of famous intensely keen boat races like Nehru Trophy snake boat race, Aranmula Uttrattadi Vallamkali, Payippad jalolsavam, etc. If you are planning your Kumarakom tour in sometime between August and September, you should not miss this.
Winter (November- February) – How about spending time in a houseboat on a cool winter night? Wonderful and romantic, right! This is the best season to come if you are looking for a Kumarakom tour package.
Summer (March-May) – Even though the days are hot, the nights in Kumarakom are cooler in summer. If you need a less crowded season for your Kumarakom tour, then summer it is!
Monsoon (June- September) – If you like to take a long walk in the monsoon rains admiring the fresh green surroundings and love to watch birds you can take a tour to Kumarakom in this season. The houseboat facilities are not available in monsoon season.
Air: The Nedumbassery International Airport is the nearest airport to Kumarakom if you are planning to come by a flight. Even if the airport is 85 kilometers away from your destination, it is well connected with all the major cities by means of transportation. Get a taxi or bus to your destination from the airport.
Train: The nearest railway station to Kumarakom is Kottayam railway station which is in a 16 km distance. You can easily get a taxi or bus from the station to Kumarakom.
Road: You can self-drive, hire a taxi, or catch a private or state transport bus to reach the destination as it is well connected with all the cities in Kerala.