Kumarakom Tourism

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Swati jaipuria3.6/5

2 reviews

Close to nature

Small town by the Vembanad Lake. Gods own country and very close to nature full of houseboats and backwater. I wish the food was also close to nature specially vegeterian. Place is full of 10k-20k hotels mostly touching the lake. The lower ones are little inside. Full of massage place boasting ayurvedic but are hyped. Will suggest to goto boat-jetty and try the boats from their for night or just day time as per requirement. You will save a lot of money by not booking it online or via agent. You may contact 9747702458, ithe guy I took house boat from for 2000 rs for 2-3 hrs. Bird sanctuary is overrated and can be visited only in season.

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Rajiv Bhandari5.0/5

5 reviews

Great experience

Great time with family in the peaceful backwaters. Excellent view and enjoyed time in the house boat trip especially. Other sight seeing options were birds sanctuary although didn't get a chance to visit but definitely worth visiting. House boats are highly recommended in Kumarkom.

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Kumarakom Overview

Kumarakom, the tourism destination of Kerala and an ideal place to experience the backwaters of Kerala, is actually a cluster of islands close to the city of Kottayam. It is situated near the Vembanad Lake, which is Kerala’s largest freshwater lake.

History of Kumarakom

The name Kumarakom was derived from the deity of the oldest temple Kumaran. Kumaran's Akam or place became Kumarakom. In 1878, the marshy mangrove on the bank of the Vembanad Lake was cleared and replaced by coconut plantations.
George Alfred Baker, an English farmer who arrived in India in 1857, reclaimed 500 acres of Vembanad Lake to gardens and paddy fields. He built Baker’s house, in which four generations of Bakers lived until 1962.
Apart from the efforts of the government to promote tourism in the area, what has also contributed to the growth of tourism here is the mention of Kumarakom in one of the bestsellers of the modern century- God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Following the success of the book, the Ayemenem House, where Arundhati Roy spent her early childhood has been turned into a tourist attraction.
In order to protect the ecology of the place, the Kerala government has declared Kumarakom as a special tourism zone. Following the declaration, any development is restricted in the area and must be approved by the government, as laid down in the special tourism zone act of Kerala.
People and Culture of KumarakomThe tropical climate of Kumarakom makes it conducive to a lot of varied cultivation. The place abounds in tropical fruits like banana, mango and pineapple. There are also plenty of mangroves, coconut palms and paddy fields, along with plantations of coffee and cocoa. It is this diversity of flora coupled with the diversity of fauna which makes Kumarakom a preferred tourist destination of Kerala.
Kumarakom is perhaps the only place in India other than Kashmir, which is known for its houseboat experience. Kumarakom also witnesses boat races around the time of Onam, which is an important South Indian festival. Many different varieties of boats take part in the races.
Things to do in KumarakomThe backwaters of Kerala drive the maximum tourism here. There are many houseboats and resorts in Kumarakom which offer an accommodation by the Vembanad Lake. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is another major attraction of the place. A tour of the bird sanctuary is possible only on canoes, which makes it one of the most unique bird sanctuaries in the world. A tour of the bird sanctuary is best taken during early morning or late evening to avoid the high temperature of the afternoon sun.
Best time to visit Kumarakom is during winters between October and February. Bird watchers can find different types of migratory birds at the Bird watching centre at Kumarakom post monsoons. Backwater cruising is prohibited during monsoons.
Travelling to KumarakomCochin International Airport at Nedumbassery, is the closest airport at a distance of 85 km to reach Kumarakom. Tourists can hire taxi to reach Kumarakom from Cochin, drivers usually charge about Rs 1600. Cochin airport is well connected with major cities of India and abroad.
Kottayam serves as the closest railway station, which is located at a distance of about 16 km from Kumarakom.
Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery, is the closest airport at a distance of 85 km from Kumarakom. Tourists can hire taxi to reach Kumarakom from Cochin, which costs about Rs 1600. Cochin airport is well connected with all major cities of India and abroad.
Kottayam is well connected via rail network and serves as the closest railway station for Kumarakom, which is located at a distance of about 16 km.Kumarakom is also accessible by boat from Alaphuzza, which is another major tourist destination of Kerala.
Kumarakom can easily be reached from Kottayam via bus or taxi. From Kottayam there are plenty of KSRTC buses to reach Kumarakom. KSRTC bus service connects Kottayam to all cities in Kerala. Private run deluxe A/C buses connect Kottayam with major cities like Chennai, Mangalore, Bangalore and Trivandrum.
From Kottayam there are plenty of KSRTC buses to reach Kumarakom. KSRTC bus service connects Kottayam to all cities in Kerala. Private run deluxe A/C buses connect Kottayam with many cities like Chennai, Mangalore, Bangalore and Trivandrum.
Accommodation Options in KumarakomThere is a wide array of hotel options in Kumarakom available for tourists depending on their needs and budget. Guests can opt for a houseboat stay instead of a resort / homestay.Kumarakom holiday packages can be used by the tourists to avail the best facilities.

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