Serenity and tranquillity abound in the beautiful Indian destination of Kumarakom. Located close to the Kottayam district in Kerala, it is best known for its environment, flora and fauna along with its world famous backwater cruises and freshwater lake. Set on the backdrop of Vembanad Lake, this tourist destination is often referred to as the ‘calming destination’ of the country.
Considered to be a breathtaking destination, the place is all about losing oneself in the beauty of nature, enjoying bounties of life and revitalizing mind, body as well as spirit. Offering stunning landscape, people find themselves enthralled by this destination time and again.
Here is a list of some incredible places to visit in Kumarakom :
1. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Ornithologist’s paradise and a haunt of migratory birds from all over the world, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary was formerly known as Baker’s Estate. It is spread over an area of 14 acres, overlooking the Kavanar River. Boat rides from Vembanad Lake are best to reach this destination. With its tropical climate, the place serves as a haven for birds of variety of species along with several kinds of animals.
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Considered to be one of the best places to visit in Kumarakom, this location is a heaven for bird watchers. Providing stunning landscapes, it was once a part of a former rubber plantation. Today it serves as home to a variety of domestic and migratory birds. The best time to travel here is from October to February, when one can be surrounded by birds such as Marsh Harrier, Steppey Eagle, Garganey Teal and others. May to July is an excellent time to explore local species such as Pond Herons, Darters, Egrets and Indian Shag.
One of the favoured Kumarakom sightseeing places, the main attractions of this place include Cuckoo, Egret, Heron, Darter, Duck, Brahminy Kite, Moorhen, Cormorant and others. Migratory birds, especially Siberian Crane and Flycatcher come here in large numbers. Variety of Parrots, Teal and Lark can also be seen here. Dawn is considered to be the best time to note these birds and watch them fluttering in activity. Most of these birds are best viewed on the lake, well before sunrise. Travellers are recommended to take their cameras out as this is one of the most beautiful places to visit in kumarakom.
2. Kumarakom Beach
If you wish to spend one lazy day, enjoying the warmth of sun and the coolness of waters, this is one of the places to visit in kumarakom, because of its stunning scenery, beautiful and clean beach along with crystal blue waters that will take your breath away. It is an ideal destination to just lie back and enjoy the bounties of nature.
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This scenic seashore has plenty of opportunities for exploration. These beaches allow one to enjoy a variety of seaside activities, including Frisbee sessions, volleyball games and others. Those who are looking for some enthralling and exciting adventure opportunities can try professional snorkelling activities, sea diving and parasailing. Swimming is another fun activity that one can try in its inviting cool waters.
Some great places to visit in kumarakom and rejuvenate, this destination is largely unspoilt. It is considered as a romantic and secluded getaway for couples. Also, children and families can enjoy a picnic building castles on the sandy beach. The hawkers here are considered to be non-disturbing and at the same time, they provide a glimpse of culture and life in Kerala. The beach, maintaining its natural landscapes and environment is a destination that must be visited for a mesmerizing holiday in Kumarakom.
3. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls
Located just a few kilometres away from Kottayam and Kumarakom, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls are an ultimate place for explorers and travellers. This beautiful picnic spot isn’t just a favourite among locals, it is also popular among directors and movie makers from all over the world. A feast to the eyes, this cascade has water falls in five steps, making it a breathtaking sight.
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The sound and cascade of waters along with the streams and mountains on the backdrop make it a picture perfect place for romantic moments with your loved ones or for a picnic with your family, friends and kids. The destination witnesses waterfalls from a height of 100 feet and is great for enjoying a fun bath or water activities.
With the backdrop of lush green hills, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls is popular for adventure activities. For a rush of adrenaline, explorers can opt for trekking in this region and enjoy scenic beauty while learning more about the culture and heritage of this place. Rubber plantations here are also an ideal spot for exploration and enjoyment. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls must not be confused with Kerala’s Aruvikkuzhy Falls, which is another tourist hub in this state.
4. Backwater Cruise, Kumarakom
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Brackish Lagoons or the backwaters in Kumarakom are certainly one of the major contributors to tourism in this lush green state. These backwaters lie parallel to the Arabian Sea Coast in South India and have a wide range of five large lakes, which are fed by 38 rivers. These manmade and natural lakes are known for their stunning beauty and crystal clear waters. The action of waves, shore currents and rivers flowing down the Western Ghats creates low barrier islands in the region. The amalgamation of these islands and hills is what makes Kerala a delightful destination.
Offering the best in Kerala, the backwater cruise in Kumarakom is famous because of its unique ecosystem. Since the place is fed by river waters and sea waters of the Arabian Sea, one can expect a variety of sea animals, flora, fauna and fishes which aren’t usually seen anywhere else in the world.
Crabs, frogs, Mudskippers, Kingfishers, Cormorants, Darters and Terns are popularly witnessed here. The cruise will allow you to experience the natural beauty of this place and an opportunity of living in a houseboat. You can explore the fauna and flora of Kumarakom and get an insight into the culture and lives of people living in Kerala. The surrounding landscapes and a trip to the Vembanad Lake are usually included in all types of backwater cruises. The large network of these canals and backwaters, especially close to Alleppey or the ‘Venice of the East,’ is what leaves an indelible imprint on your mind and soul.
5. The Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom
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Kerala is one of those destinations that can be visited throughout the year. The place is popular for its backwaters, which are fed by the rivers and end up with the Arabian Sea. That’s what makes a canal like Vembanad Lake widely popular. Offering exhilarating sightseeing experiences and a captivating picnic spot, it is located 16 kilometres away from Kumarakom’s Kottayam district. Backwater cruise and houseboats can be enjoyed at this lake.
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Treating you with a unique experience, this is a regal lake that gives one the opportunity of living in delightful houseboats. It is here that you can leave all your stresses and anxieties behind. While on the cruise, one can take in the spectacular and picturesque landscapes.
The water body, which is usually serene, becomes a colourful, regal hotspot during the festival of Onam. It comes alive during the period, witnessing spectacular water regatta and snake boat races. The sound of water, the fluttering of birds, commotion and water boats make this place sound like music to your ears. The best part is watching oarsmen, hundreds of them in a single boat, paddling and slicing their way through the water, moving rhythmically to the musical instruments being played close by.
Called the Sands of Night, Pathiramanal is one of those few destinations that will leave an indelible imprint on your heart. Home to hundreds of rare and migratory birds, this island is a hub for travellers who seek rejuvenation and invigoration.
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The island was purchased by Chevalier ACM Anthraper and was privately owned until the late 1970s. After the Land Reforms Act of 1979, the ownership came to the government and was later transferred to the tourism department.
Currently, this destination is uninhabited, but it’s visited regularly by tourists, who love the idea of snorkelling, swimming, basking by the beach and leisurely ambling through the sleepy little secluded island. The island is a part of a number of sightseeing packages provided for Kumarakom and is best visited through Vembanad Lake, which offers a marvellous experience of fresh waters and sea water.
The place is a paradise for bird watchers and has around 90 local species and 50 species of migratory birds. One can witness a variety such as Cormorant, Darter, Night Heron, Pintail Ducks, Common Teal, Gulls, Terms, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Shag, Monarch Flycatcher, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Whiskered Tern, Whistling Ducks and other birds over here. This destination is a haven for all travellers and explorers.
7. Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple
Delve into the history, lives and times of Kerala by visiting the Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple. Located in Kumarakom’s district of Kottayam, the ancient Shiva temple offers incredible insights into the culture, heritage and spirituality of Hindu religion in India. It is known for its glory and strong influence on the history of Kerala.
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The place of worship is also suggested to have played a role in mythical stories and Hindu epic of Mahabharata. Studies and tales suggest that Pandavas and Vyasa have worshipped at this temple. The name of this place of worship has been taken from ‘land of deer,’ since a number of different species of deer were found here.
The place features a fortress around it that was reconstructed during 16th century. The temple is a hub for history lovers, who can learn more about Dravidian mural paintings that are inscribed on the entrance. It showcases dance of Shiva, also known as Mahadeva and some of the best wall paintings in the country. The temple roof has ornamental tops and copper sheets and also features idols of subordinate deities in Hindu Religion.
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One of the most popular cities in Kerala, Kottayam is the larger district of which Kumarakom is a part of. Located in South Central Kerala, this Indian destination is well accounted in history for its trade of spices and commercial crops, including rubber.
One of the major print centres in the state, a number of magazines and local language newspapers are headquartered in the city. It is also the first city in India which has achieved 100 percent literacy over two decades ago and is also the first and only tobacco free district of the country. Because of its contributions to literature, media and sports, the city is well known as ‘Land of Letters’ and the ‘Mural City.’
Kottayam is a major tourist destination because of its proximity to bird sanctuaries, the Vembanad Lake and other beaches in the area. It is a tourist hub for business travellers who like to blend business with pleasure.
This is a popular destination among tourists from all over the world because of its local shopping areas, parks, war memorials and other places to visit in kumarakom . The region is a hub of Ayurveda massage centres and is located close to a number of alternative treatment centres in the country, where patients and their families live for months for treatment of medical conditions such as cancer, paralysis, diabetes and others. The place is also visited by those who wish to get rid of stresses and anxieties of modern day life. All this makes Kottayam an excellent travel destination.
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