|On the shores of the tranquil Vembanad lake, 14 km from Kottayam, lies Kumarakom a little picturesque town in the state of Kerala. The little village of Kumarakom consists of cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. Formerly an old rubber plantation, Kumarakom has now grown up as a bird sanctuary. Ornithologists paradise, Kumarakom is now a leisure haunt, very popular with domestic as well as foreign tourists. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options like - boating and fishing, very popular with the visitors.
The beauty of nature amidst spectacular mangrove forests, coconut canopies and pulsating paddy fields peppered with enchanting waterways and canals decked with wild lilies, adds to the beauty of its surroundings. Kumarakom is the place for the people looking for a lazy and laid back holiday.
Tourists Attraction :
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls : A tantalizing waterfall, Aruvikkuzhi is located 18 km from Kottayam town, falling from a height of 100 ft. Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls comes across as a beautiful picnic spot. Here, water streams create a tinkling sound as they make their way through the landscape that houses beautiful rubber plantations.
Backwater Cruise : The intoxicating backwater cruise in Kumarakom is a thrilling experience. Along with that snake boat races, houseboat tour, fishing and canoeing are the not to be missed attractions when you step into the village. A stay at the thatched houseboat called Kettuvallom is an experience that is beyond compare!
Vembanad Lake : Kottayam district is a colossal network of rivers and canals, which flow into the vastness of the Vembanad Lake, one of Asias largest freshwater lakes. The fast emerging backwater tourism destination provides the facilities of boating, sightseeing, and fishing - the perfect ingredients of a laid-back holiday. You can take a boat ride into the countryside and have a closer look to the busy rustic life as well.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary : Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a must-visit destination. The bird watchers paradise is located about 16 km from Kottayam, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Migratory birds, including Siberian stork and local birds such as Egret, Teal, Water duck, and Cuckoo, are the major fascination here. The best time to visit this place is between June and August.
Pathiramanal :Pathiramanal or Sands of Midnight is a charming island on Vembanad Lake. The 10-acre island, situated on the backwaters, serves as home to a wide
array of rare migratory birds that come from different parts of the world. If you are a bird lover, this is definitely a place that you would not want to miss.
How To Reach :
By Air :Kumarakom does not have an airport of its own. However, the city can be accessed through Cochin International Airport, which is situated at a distance of hardly 70 km. The next best option is Trivandrum International Airport, which is around 171 km away. Both the airports are well connected with the major cities of India, through direct and regular flights.
By Rail :Kumarakom, being a quaint little place, does not have a railway station. The nearest rail link from the place comprises of Kottayam railway station,whichisapproximately 16 km away. Local and express trains can be boarded from Kottayam, for reaching the major cities in and around the state of Kerala. From Kottayam, you will get bus and taxi for reaching Kumarakom.
By Road : Traveling to Kumarakom by road does not pose any problem for the visitors. The main road junction of Kottayam is situated at a distance of merely 14 km.
The State and National Highways passing through the city connect it with all the major cities across India. Along with that, there is regular service of buses as
well as taxis, for commuting between Kumarakom and Kottayam.
Climate Of Kumarakom : Best Time to Visit: November to March
Summer Temperature: Minimum - 22.6 oC, Maximum -
38 oC Winter Temperature: Minimum - 18 oC, Maximum - 35 oC