Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kotayam, in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism.
Kumarakom is a cluster of beautiful little islands on the Vembanad Lake, Kerala’s largest lake in South India. It offers a scenic view of emerald green backwaters of Kerala flanked by luxuriant vegetation and paddy fields. Being endowed with worldwide recognition on account of its backwater tourism, the tourist places in Kumarakom is most sought after tourist destination due to its pristine beauty and tranquility. With miles of solitude and peace being one of the most serene offerings of Kumarakom, this fascinating destination has got something for everybody whether you are seeking relaxation, rejuvenation or on a honeymoon trip.
Best Time to visit Kumarakom:-
While one can enjoy a trip to the city at any time of the year, the best time to visit Kumarakom is during the winters. The average temperature in this season, i.e. between the months of October to January falls down to about 18 degrees Celsius, making it very comfortable for travelers to enjoy the various experiences the city has in store for them.
Why Plan a Holiday in Kumarakom?
Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, which can be best witnessed at the famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary or the Vembanad Lake, which is the largest backwater in Kerala. Both of these places are major tourist attractions and can be included in one’s Kumarakom trip itinerary.
Another major attraction for tourists is the backwaters in Kumarakom, which can be experienced with a cruise ride on a fully-staffed private houseboat for a completely mesmerizing experience. The famous wood carvings at the peaceful Shiva Temple in Ettumanoor are again worth witnessing.
There are various fun activities to indulge into, with the help of our Kumarakom holiday tour packages, for all the types of travelers like boat racing, indulging in special massages and spas, admiring the beauty of the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, visiting Pathiramanal, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, pilgrimage centers, and the beautiful backwaters.
Activities to Enjoy in Kumarakom:-
While there are various options for accommodation in the city, the Kumarakom houseboat offers the most authentic backwater experience. This includes food, sightseeing as well as a comfortable stay, and the Kumarakom houseboat packages let the tourists experience all of it.
Kumarakom holiday travel packages can also be customized in a way that it includes tours from Kumarakom to different places in Kerala like Munnar, Alleppey, and Thekkady. These Kerala Kumarakom tour packages are perfect for having an ideal experience of South India and its beauty.
Top Attractions & Places to visit in Kumarakom:-
1. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
An ornithologists' paradise, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary spreads over an area of 14 acres. The place serves as a natural home to some of the rare species of homing and migratory birds.
Backwaters of Kerala are one of the most sought after destinations of the itinerary. Dotted with coconut groves and brilliant panoramic vistas, houseboats serves as the best way to explore the idyllic backwater lagoons of Kumarakom.
3. Visit to Toddy Shops
During your boat cruise or while on a trip across the village, one thing might catch your attention is a small thatched building with a black board outside with 'Kallu' written boldly in white. This is a traditional toddy shop in Kumarakom, though now many have tiled or concrete roofs.
4. Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Founded by Raji Punnoose, a school-teacher in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay Island Driftwood Museum is famous for its innovative modern art techniques deployed to design various kinds of root and tree-trunk sculptures.
Fishing is not just a livelihood in Kumarakom but it has also turned out to be an excellent tourist-bait. Catering to the newly emerged demand from visitors, travel planners, resorts and agencies include fishing using traditional methods in their tourist packages.
The canals running across the village as well as the shallow waters of Lake Vembanad offer great opportunities for angling. With patience and a little bit of skill, you are sure to have a fairly good catch as well as a lot of fun, taking part in a traditional village activity.
7. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall is an impressive 30 feet high waterfall which is a perfect attraction to visit during the monsoons when it gushes with gallons of water. The surroundings are covered with dense forestation and have several exciting trekking trails. It is, therefore, an apt attraction for nature walks, trekking or hiking.
8. Kumarakom Beach
Kumarakom Beach is a famous for recreational activities and water sports. The pristine clear waters are apt for swimming. The glimmering sands, the gentle waves, several restaurants and resorts make it a perfect tourist attraction in the city. This is one of the beaches where one can find delicious seafood.
9. Juma Masjid
Located one of the banks of the serene stream of Meenachil, Juma Masjid is a stunning ancient mosque. It is one of the oldest mosques in the country and is famous for its architectural beauty. The beautiful carvings on the wood and the royal interiors are a delight for tourists.
10. St Mary's Church, Cheriapally
St. Maryês Church, Cheriapally was built in 1579. It belongs to Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church and is one of the oldest orthodox churches in the country. The Metropolitans of the church belonged to 3 families in the region. The beautiful structure is an amalgamation of Kerala and Persian style of architecture that has been preserved very well.
11. Kumarakom Craft Museum
Kumarakom Craft Museum has a stunning collection of antiques ranging from woodwork, decor items, paintings, portraits, etc. This is where one can find most of the well preserved antiques or traditional artefacts belonging to the region. Local artwork and craftwork can also be purchased from the museum shop.
Pathiramanal is a beautiful island which was once the property of the Thaimattatil family until 1979. The island is covered with dense natural vegetation and offers a perfect climatic condition for regional flora and fauna to thrive. The attraction is also famous as a bird watcher's paradise and a favourite amongst nature lovers.
The Kumarakom tour packages help tourists in witnessing the city at its best by letting them admire the special attractions, indulge in delectable cuisines, and shop at pocket-friendly prices.