Kumarakom Tourism

Kumarakom Tourism

Kumarakom Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • District: Kottayam
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 Keralaís 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 Bakerís 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 Kumarakom

The 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 Kumarakom

The 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 Kumarakom

Cochin 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 Kumarakom 

There 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.

Kumarakom is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kochi (Cochin) and Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram) .

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Dharmendra Motaval

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  • Dharmendra Motaval
  • 2 Reviews
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  •  95 readers

"Good to see the nature. Truly say that Kerala is gods own coumtry"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We had house boat ride for day cruise & it is excellent experience for all of us. Even houseboat staff prepare the very good north Indian food.
Side seen is very good & you can catch all the photo graph of the lake which is biggest lake in Asia.
Hotel experience is not good as this is the village area as people do not know Hindi / English.
House boat staff is very good & they are helpful to us
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  • Vishalsinghdhamu
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"Place to enjoy and relax with family and life part"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 4, 2017
This hotel is the place where you enjoy your life's best and funny moments. Every visitors of this hotel should enjoy every second with hotel nature's.
I enjoy fully last year with my family and every member of my family is totally satisfied with hotel service.
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Muhammed Saleem

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  • Muhammed Saleem
  • Lives in Kochi
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"Must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 9, 2017
Kumarakom is a must visit place. Backwaters is so beautiful that you will Fla in love with the place immediately.
Boating is the most fun activity here. You are sure to spot a variety of birds during boating. Also you can visit small lake side restaurants enroute serving authentic Kerala style fish dishes.
Bird sanctuary is also a good visit, but spotting birds depends on your luck. Still it is a good experience to walk through the trail.
Also when you are in kumarakam, be sure to visit local toddy shops to experience authentic Kerala style dishes, especially fishes. Most of them are suitable for families also.
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Hemanth kumar

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  • Hemanth kumar
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"Home away from home"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2017
The place is very calm and very courteous people. Very near Kottayam and easily accessible by road, rail. Lot of shops and easy transportation to all places of visit. Climate during this season is pleasant. The place is in Kerala and it has got the biggest lake which is about 75kms. Fishing is one of the important source of income.
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Krish Mady

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  • Krish Mady
  • Lives in Siddipet
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"Famous tourist destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 3, 2016
Sightseeing places, boating, nature walks or bird watching - Kumarakom is a very famous tourist destination, situated in the vicinity of famous freshwater, largest lake of Kerala which is Vembanad. It is situated about 16 km from Kottayam.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Peaceful and naturally rich environment"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 11, 2016
Kumarakom a very famous tourists destination, situated in the vicinity of famous freshwater largest lake of Kerala which is Vembanad. It is situated about 16 km from Kottayam. It is a perfect Romantic place as very energetic, peaceful and naturally rich environment to enjoy the panoramic views and rejoicing of vacations, holidays and helps to rejuvenate, according to Buddha, Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment which is quite relevant.

As it was under the Thekkumkoor dynasty and being at the bank of Vembanad, its strategic importance was very much for the safety of kingdom, so it was having a fort also where soldiers were deployed to safeguard against any enemy attack as still ramparts of the said fort are available in Kumarakom.

It is famous for its Backwater tourism, as besides many prestigious Resorts many houseboats are offering accommodation and traditional foods for the tourists and a real joy of Backwater. Kottayam Sailors Club offers various water sports and adventurous activities to its members only. Still very special type of boat can be seen in the backwater known as Kettuvallam which is used by locals for fishing and transportation, otherwise boats are limited to house boats only.

As it remains quite popular around the world for very special designs boats, like Kochu-odi Vallam, Odi-Vallam, Iruttukutthi Vallam, Churulan Vallam and Chundan Vallam known as Snake Boat, all these boats can be seen at the time of boat races held at the time of Onam Festival which remain a great attraction for the tourists and locals. Iruttu Kuthi remains central attraction as it is rowed by 50 rowers and Snake boat also. At the end of these races winner is awarded a Rolling Trophy named Sree Narayana Trophy.

Climate is quite moderate but humidity remain high, as due to two monsoons heavy rain is recorded.

Nearest major town is Kottayam, Vaikom, Alleppey, Kochi are also easily accessible from Kumarakom. As and private buses are conveniently available. Ferries are not available from the Kumarakom jetty but many private boats are available.

It can be reached by air via Cochin which is just 80 km away, by Rail Via Kottayam just 16 km away and via Muhamma jetty, so it is having all the means by which visitors may access easily.

It has given many renowned personalities like John Abraham, Oommen Chandy, Namitha Pramod famous Malayalam Actor, Alfred George Baker, etc.

It has many prestigious Resorts like at first was built in the Baker's house, Taj- Vivanta, Royal Grove, Backwater Ripples, Aashirwad, Lakshmi, Waterscapes of KIDC, Dubai Hotel and Restaurant, Lake Pearl, Pearl Spot, etc and they are having Exclusive Restaurants for fine dining as well as famous for traditional cuisines. It also has many good Restaurants and their tasty food attracts lots of tourists like Cocoa, Homely Meals and Restaurant, Amaana, Dammam, etc.

It has a small market but everything is available. It also has many fashionable marts and spice shops. It also has the Urban Bank Branch besides leading bank like State Bank of Travancore, South Indian Bank, etc.

Visitors will find many attractions in Kumarakom like Bird Sanctuary, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Patrimonial Island situated in the Vembanad Lake, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in Vaikom, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam near bsnl building, 1000 years old Mosque in Thazhathangady Kottayam, Mozart Art Gallery Run By Group of Artists in Aymenam Kottayam, St. Mary's Church and St. Sebastian's Churches of Athirampuzha, etc.

It has famous churches and temples as the locals are mostly Christian and Hindus. Visitors may find the Temple of Guru Narayana Swami in Kumarakom who was a famous social reformer.

Kumarakom has a special Tourists Zone as it has received many awards which could be achieved with the hospitality of locals. It is also famous for Ayurvedic SPA a very special therapy which is loved by the tourists.

It's a place where visitors may enjoy the Nature, various ancient spiritual Centres, Traditional Tastes and the Backwater.
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Hardik Patel

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  • Hardik Patel
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Nice and peaceful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
Kumarakom is a natural place nested among the backwaters and backwater canals. The whole town is green and the civilisation is peaceful. Worth doing in kerala trip. From here one can have a shikara ride for exploring picturesque backwaters canals, views and houseboat for the whole day and night to experience the backwater and canals broadly.

Nowadays centrally A/C houseboats are also available.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"An important stop-over in Kerala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 25, 2016
I had been to Kumarakom by road in February 2016. Kumarakom is an important stop-over in the tourist circuit of Kerala. The nearest airport is The Cochin International Airport which is located at a distance of 70 kilometers. Kottayam is the nearest rail-head which is at a very short distance of 15 kilometers. The must-visit attractions around Kumarakom include the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall and the Bay Island Museum. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to a lot of migratory birds which come from as distant a place as the himalayas and Siberia. It is an Ornithologist's paradise. The Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls falls in 5 giant steps from around 100 feet. St Mary's church is located at the top of the waterfalls. The Baywood museum contains driftwood artistic sculptures.
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Shijo Thomas

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  • Shijo Thomas
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Beauty of nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2016
Take a house boat for a day or overnight. Enjoy the lazy boat ride through the backwaters savouring freshly made fish and prawns. You can get an entire house boat for a group of 10 - 12 people for Rs 5000 with lunch included. Located at just 15 km from Kottayam, reaching this place from anywhere by train and taking a taxi is very convenient. Kochi airport is 80 kms away.
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Manjeet kaur

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  • Manjeet kaur
  • 12 Reviews
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2016
One of the best kept secrets of Kerala. If you love water. This is the place to be. Add on freebies are coconut trees, kettuvalayams (house boats of Kerala), rain, backwater cruises, bird watching. Ayurvedic massages, you would simply love it. The catch is that you need to be a nature worshipper. It definitely is a worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. Now you know why it is included in top 10 places to see in the world. Abad Whispering Palms and Taj would take care of rest. Just indulge yourself in the sights and sounds of Kumarakom
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