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What You Should Know More About Kumarakom

  • About the destination

    Kumarakom which is situated in the Kottayam district of Kerala is quite popular for housing the beautiful backwaters of India. One of the largest lakes in the state of Kerala that goes by the name of Vembanad Lake is nestled away in the heart of this beautiful and quite city of Kumarakom.

    Kumarakom has been a part of great cultural heritage and memorable fights and competitions. Legends suggest Kumarakom was actually a portion that well within the jurisdiction of the Thekkumcore King who kept enough soldiers and even built a fort to keep Kumarakom protected and well-reserved.

    And why not? The place sure is a beauty – a paradise on Earth with its wide variety of flora and fauna. One of the primary attractions in Kumarakom is the bird sanctuary where endless species of migratory birds visit from time to time. The Vembanad lake also the largest backwater in Kerala is home to numerous marine and fresh water fish species that have been existing since a very long time. With a moderate climate that remains balanced all throughout the year, Kumarakom occasionally has monsoon seasons wherein the rainfall is measured approximately around 1100mm. The best time to visit is undoubtedly during monsoons as you see how the city comes to life even during rains.


  • Travel Advice:

    • Traveling: If you consider taking a flight then the most convenient option would be getting to Kumarakom via car. This will take you approximately 3 hours from the Cochin International Airport. Apart from that, buses and taxis are also easily available for travel at all times from Kottayam and Cochin.

    • Boat rides: There are numerous jetties and boat rides that are offered for the convenience of the travellers. However, one must remain well aware of the how abouts of the place in order to prevent being lost.

    • Alcohol limitations: Kerala prohibits private parties from owning liquor stores and therefore, liquor is only obtainable from government retails. Therefore, you may have to go out of your way to purchase some alcohol or ask the local guy to do it for you. The nightlife is surely great for you.

  • What you cannot afford to miss:

    There are some things that you just can’t afford to miss about a certain place. The following listed are among them:

    • Houseboat ride in the backwaters of Kumarakom: One of the best things to do in Kumarakom is to hire a houseboat and sail through the charming backwaters of the city. The experience is jaw-dropping and you will get a different perspective of the gorgeous Vembanad Lake which is formed by 10 different Malabar rivers. The houseboats are quite convenient too with all the basic and luxurious amenities provided to serve you. The charges vary from agency to agency. However, the starting price is Rs 9000 for every 22 hours of voyage through the backwaters along with stay and food.

    • Bird spotting in the most beautiful sanctuary of Kumarakom: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is among the small pieces of heaven that falls within the geographical jurisdiction of Kerala. This place is located on the banks of the Vembanad lake and is preserved for various bird species that may also be endangered by nature. Some of the species include Cranes, Parrots, Egrets, Waterfowls, Owls, Herons among others. The entry charges are Rs 50 and opening hours are between 6:30 am to 5 pm in the evening.

    • Indulge in aromatic Ayurveda sessions at Maya Spa: After a long day of travelling and exploring Kumarakom, what would be best suited is something that soothens one’s senses and relaxes one’s mind, body and soul. This is exactly what the Maya Spa offers. Located in the Zuri resort, Maya Spa offers customers with a variety of Ayurvedic massages that claims to rejuvenate them from their stresses. The spa is open all days of the week between timing, 8 am to 8pm.

  • What will you like in Kumarakom:

    • Kathakali performance of Kumarakom: Kathakali is the traditional dance form of Kerala. It is an integral and one of the most significant parts that make up the culture of Kerala. This bold dance performance is practised across the state and watching this should surely be on your things to-do in Kumarakom list. There are many resorts that organize performances of Kathakali and even Kalaripayattu (a traditional martial art form) that are typically performed by local artists for the visitors.

    • Aruvikkuzhi waterfall trekking: Go on a beautiful trek till the Aruvikkuzhi waterfall and behold the scenic and gorgeous view of Kumarakom that you will receive from that point. You will notice the rubber plantations and rocky outcrops surrounding the beautiful landscape which is punctuated by the cascading waterfall that plunge over the rocky background of Kumarakom. This is an extremely popular attraction for tourists and is definitely something that one must try out if they ever visit Kumarakom.

    • Watch the thrilling Nehru Snake Boat Race: The famous Nehru Snake Boat race takes place between the months, August and September. Be a spectator to this famous and thrilling race. It truly is a pleasure to watch the calm and scenic backwaters come to life amidst the fiery ambiance and the sizzling energy that emerges due to the boat race. It is a fun filled experience in Kumarakom and one will not regret being a spectator to it.

    • Engaging in a shopping spree at the street markets of Kumarakom: One should surely try and explore the local street markets of Kumarakom. The beautiful market consists of a variety of gorgeous silk sarees, antique handicrafts and traditional statues that you can pick from. The prices are quite affordable too. The opening hours of the market for shopping are between 10am and 8pm but may vary from shop to shop.

    Kumarakom truly is God’s blessing in disguise of its rich flora and fauna. It is a perfect holiday destination and an apt getaway for anyone looking to enjoy the blissful and scenic lifestyle.


  • Website reference:

    Government website : 

    Kerala Tourism 

    Others : 

    Kumarakom Hotel Info 

    Books on Kumarakom: Kerala, a magical Odessey, Kerala with Kumarakom, Where the rain is born: Writings about Kerala.


Listings in Kumarakom