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About Kumarakom

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.


An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Whether it is a cruise on some of the most beautiful houseboats or a rejuvenating experience of watching the most peculiar birds in the sky, Kumarakom hits the spot in many ways. Kumarakom is an enchanting destination to enjoy a tropical paradise along with refreshing Ayurvedic Spas and a spiritual escape with some famous pilgrimage centers. If one wishes to engage in some daring adventures, Vembanad is a veritable playground. The lake is the favorite hotspot for adventurers to indulge in activities like angling, yachting, and boating. For shopping lovers and foodies too, Kumarakom is a delight for travelers.


It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and is known for its divine, pristine and serene ambience and nature. Along with blessed with a wide variety of flora and fauna, Kumarakom is gifted with great weather, beautiful landscapes, waterways and lush greenery. The tourist places in Kumarakom are a rich spectrum of cultural and historical diversity and offers one the much needed escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. If one wishes to dive into the experience of taking a close sneak peek of nature, then Kumarakom turns out to be one of the most spectacular destinations in Kerala.

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Kumarakom FAQ's

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 practiced 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 plunges 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 10 am and 8 pm 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 

Books on Kumarakom: 

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

What is the best time to visit Kumarakom?

Kumarakom remains a hotspot for tourism all the year round. Kumarakom experiences moderate and pleasant climate all round the year. The average temperature ranges between 18°C and 32°C.

However to help you plan better, there is a month wise break up here-

  • November to February: The best time to visit Kumarakom are winters as the minimum temperature is usually around 18 degrees Celsius. This time is great for sightseeing and houseboat riding.
  • March to May: March marks the beginning of summer in Kumarakom. However temperature rises up to around 37 degrees Celsius in later months. This time of the year, one can take advantage of less crowds and discounts on hotels and resorts.
  • June to September: The monsoon season is another great time to visit Kumarakom and enjoy the lush greenery and amazing weather. It is a great time to go bird watching, as many migratory birds visit Kumarakom during the monsoon.


September to February draws many tourists in Kumarakom, and this period is ideal for sightseeing, houseboat trips, exploring flora and fauna as well as all types of tourist activities.

How to reach Kumarakom?

Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam set in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake. There are many ways to reach Kumarakom for tourists.

  • By air: Cochin International Airport is the closest to Kumarakom at a distance of 85 kilometers. The airport is well connected to major cities in India as well as across the world. You can hire private cabs or taxis from the airport to reach Kumarakom.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station to Kumarakom is the Kottayam railway station, located 16 kilometers away. You can hire private cabs or taxis from the railway station to reach Kumarakom. Kottayam is easily connected to major South Indian cities.
  • By boat: One can enjoy a scenic journey on a ferry or boat from Muhamma (near Alappuzha) to Kumarakom Jetty. Both state-run boats and private boats ferry visitors from Muhamma to Kumarakom.
  • By road: There are numerous Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses plying from Kottayam to Kumarakom.

Which are the best places to visit in Kumarakom?

One of the most enchanting tourist attractions, Kumarakom provides one the opportunity to bask in the beauty of nature. With the swaying coconut palms, lagoons and backwaters and rich flora and fauna, Kumarakom provides an unforgettable experience of vacationing for tourists.

Some popular places to visit in Kumarakom which you just can’t afford to miss out on are:

  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary-to get acquainted with the most exotic birds
  • Vembanad Lake-explore the verdant greenery of Kumarakom
  • Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall – a paradise for photographers
  • Bay Island Drift Museum-explore some authentic woodwork
  • Pathiramanal Island- an enthralling stay amidst nature
  • Kumarakom Beach-an adventurer’s paradise
  • Kumarakom Backwaters-for the most exotic houseboat rides
  • Vagamon-a perfect blend of beauty and bliss.
  • Pilgrimage spots-Juma Masjid, St Mary’s Church, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple etc.

Which are some best resorts to stay in Kumarakom?

Located amidst the lush greenery and the most magical ambience provided by natural surroundings, Kumarakom sweeps you off your feet with its captivating beauty. For tourists this place is a true paradise if you wish to explore the backwaters of Vembanad Lake and enjoy some tranquility with nature. Tourists can find some of the most enthralling accommodation for spending some surreal time enjoying at the luxurious resorts in Kumarakom. For those on a budget need not to worry as there are a number of amazing places offering the best experience in Kumarakom.


Some of the best resorts which you can find in Kumarakom are:

5 star resorts In Kumarakom

  • Kumarakom Lake Resort
  • Zuri Resort Kumarakom
  • Aveda Resort & Spa
  • Vivanta by Taj kumarakom


4 star resorts In Kumarakom

  • Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom
  • The Royal Grove Kumarakom
  • Lakesong Kumarakom
  • Edassery Kayal Resort Kumarakom


3-Star Resorts In Kumarakom

  • Cocobay Resort Kumarakom
  • Whispering Palms Kumarakom
  • Green Fields Kumarakom
  • Royal Riviera Kumarakom
  • Paradise Resort Kumarakom


Budget Resorts In Kumarakom

  • Lakshmi Hotels and Resorts Kumarakom
  • Illikkalam Lake Resort Kumarakom
  • Tharavadu Heritage Home Kumarakom


Backwater Resorts In Kumarakom

  • Backwater Ripples Kumarakom
  • Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort Kumarakom
  • Manor Backwater Resort Kumarakom
  • Backwater Retreat Theme House Kumarakom

Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Kumarakom?

The cuisine here is largely Syrian Christian in style which also influences the food culture. Some of the most popular dishes served here include Syrian Christian Duck Roast, Duck Curry, Karimeen Pollichathu , Karimeen Mappas , soft spongy rice bread called Appam, Thamar Appam, Idiyappam (string-hoppers), etc. besides tropical fruits, vegetables and cereals.

The popular places to experience the local delicacies are

  • Granary Restaurant
  • Lakshmi Restaurant
  • Cocobay Restaurant
  • Baker’s Gourmet House
  • Lakesong Restaurant

What are the best public transport modes to commute around Kumarakom?

There are various modes of transportation in Kumarakom such as buses, cars and ferries. Public buses are the cheapest mode of transportation offered by KSRTC. Other popular options for transportation include hired cabs and taxis. There are metered taxis and private cabs which you can hire based on distances, time or per day basis. Another important mode of transportation in Kumarakom is ferries and public boats. Hired cycles and motor boats are another fun way to commute around Kumarakom.

What are the best places of shopping in Kumarakom?

Kumarakom is famous for its traditional silk sarees which should be on your list while shopping in Kumarakom. Local handicrafts and antiques are other popular items which will fascinate you while shopping in Kumarakom. Shops also stock mementos like houseboat models, coir products, etc. Kumarakom is also the destination for Ayurvedic treatments.

Some famous shopping places in Kumarakom are:

  • Oberon Mall
  • Kumarakom Street Markets

Which are some of the best houseboat cruises in Kumarakom? How much it will cost?

Experience the most surreal sunrise and sunset by engaging in a cruise on a houseboat in Kumarakom. These houseboats are known for amalgamating the best of the fascinating land. The most amazing backwaters provide the most enthralling experience of houseboat in Kumarakom.

Some popular houseboat cruises available in Kumarakom are:

  • Paradise Houseboat
  • House Boat- Indraprastham
  • White House Houseboat
  • Lake View House Boats
  • Tharavadu Houseboats


You can hire different types of cruise on a houseboat. The charges commence from Rs 5,000 and go upto Rs 50,000 depending number of people, tourist season, type of houseboat etc.

What are different kinds of categories available in houseboats in Kumarakom?

The houseboats in Kumarakom are classified as Budget, Deluxe, Premium and five star Houseboats. The Houseboats differ in the size of the bedroom and sit out, good furniture, quality and the backup of the air conditioners, services of the staff, more choice of food, cruising time, and maintenance of the houseboat, bathroom facilities and other luxuries. There are also Premium Houseboats with five star services, so that the guest will have additional facility of swimming pool, health club and also can have their food and beverages from the lakeside five star resorts. 

Which are some of the best Ayurvedic Spas in Kumarakom?

Apart from majestic houseboat rides and the most splendid natural surroundings, Kumarakom is a paradise for weary souls wishing to rejuvenate mind and body with the help of Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic spas and health care centres attached to almost all the resorts offer various stress-relieving and rejuvenating packages.

Some popular Ayurvedic Spas in Kumarakom are:

  • Kumarakom Lake Resort
  • Ayursanjeevini 
  • Backwater Ripples
  • Maya Spa at Zuri
  • CGH Coconut Lagoon

Which is good for honeymoon holiday, Alleppey or Kumarakom?

Both Alleppey and Kumarakom have emerged as popular tourist attraction for honeymooners. While Alleppey is rightly named ‘Venice of the East’ with the facility of town, Kumarakom is a backwater haven away from the cacophony of a city. Alleppey is much busier than Kumarakom, and also has a wider range of accommodation, especially at the budget end. Much of Kumarakom accommodation is top end, and spread out from the town. Whether you choose alleppey or Kumarakom the scenes in the backwaters of Vembanad Lake would be the same.

Where can I experience the kathakali performance in Kumarakom?

Kathakali is the classical dance of Kerala and is translated into “story play” in Malayalam – the language spoken in Kerala. If you are vacationing in Kumarakom you should definitely enjoy a Kathakali performance by classical dancers.

There are many luxury hotels in Kumarakom where they arrange a private show for guests as there are generally no regular shows. However we advise you to confirm with your tour operator or hotel if you are interested in watching Kathakali.

How far is Kumarakom from Kottayam and Alleppey?

Kumarakom is conveniently located with respect to Kottayam and Alleppey. The distance breakup is as follows:


Distance from Kottayam: The driving distance between Kottayam and Kumarakom is 13 km while the aerial distance between the two places is just 10 km. The convenient, fastest and cheapest way to reach from Kottayam to Kumarakom is to take a taxi from Kottayam to Kumarakom.


Distance from Alleppey: The road distance between Alappuzha to Kumarakom is 48 km, while the aerial distance from Alappuzha to Kumarakom is 18 km. The most preferred option for travelling between the two places is via a taxi or car as there is no public transportation available.

What is the best time to visit the famous Kumarakom bird sanctuary?

Set in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds. Not only a must visit for bird watchers, the Kumarakom bird sanctuary is also an idyllic tourist attraction to revive your senses. The main attractions are waterfowl, egret, heron, cormorant and Brahminy kite. Migratory birds from Himalayas and as far away as Siberia make the sanctuary their home during winter between November and May

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary can be visited at any time between June to August. Though, if you want to watch migratory birds, the best time to visit is from November to February.

What are the best pilgrimage centres in Kumarakom?

For those who are religiously inclined, Kumarakom is known for being home to a centre of diverse faiths and beliefs. With a plethora of sacred places, this famous tourist attraction is known for major temples and pilgrimage centers that draw scores of devotees from around the world.

Some of the best pilgrimage centers which are recommended for tourists are:

  • Vaikom Shiva Temple
  • Shiva Temple in Thalikkotta
  • Jama Masjid Thazhathangadi
  • St Mary’s Church
  • Cheriapalli

Kumarakom Reviews

Antika Antika
Reviewed: 27 Oct 2023
The trip was well planned and we had a wonderful time. We were assigned a professional driver and a clean, well maintained vehicle for the trip. All the hotels we stayed in were very clean with good service. Although due to lack of time some of the sightseeing points couldn’t be covered, the places ... Read More
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Ruchika Sinha
Reviewed: 20 Aug 2022
The experience is good and the poc supported in every possible way. Thanks for making the trip great for us.
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Surabhi Dadhich
Reviewed: 04 Mar 2023
We had a great time in Kerala thanks to Thrillophilia. All the arrangements and bookings were made in advance. The support team including Mr. Indranil was helpful and available for clearing any miscommunication. It was a smooth travel experience and we would definitely plan a trip again with Thrillo... Read More
Balachandra Bhattathiri
Reviewed: 20 Sep 2021
We enjoyed a lot while participating in the trekking activities and rock climbing activities in the dense green vegetation, following the covid protocols alongside.
Rupinder Nambeesan
Reviewed: 29 Jul 2021
A classic Keralite stay. The cottages were traditionally styled and their location amidst coconut plantations made our stay twice as charming. We also took a backwater cruise from the resort.
Kapi Bhagat
Reviewed: 26 Jul 2021
Located just by the backwaters, Niraamaya Retreat is a treat to the senses. We booked a cottage at the resort through Thrillophilia. The rooms as well as the facilities were excellent. We also took a canoeing trip arranged by the resort.

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