About Kumarakom

Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kerala's largest lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of many small man-made islands reclaimed from the lake. Part of the Kuttanad region, Kumarakom along with Alleppey has beautiful backwater areas and they collectively form the most important tourist centres of Kerala. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Taj Garden Retreat, a sprawling old bungalow-turned-resort. Waterscapes, the backwater resort of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has independent cottages built on stilts, set amidst coconut groves and panoramic view of the backwaters. Holiday packages involving houseboats, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) offer great experiences. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and fascinate the visitors.

Place to must visit in Kumarakom


Places to Visit in Kumarakom

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Experience Time: 2-3 hours

Distance: 11 kms

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, also popularly known as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, is a breathtaking and beautiful bird sanctuary that is located at Kumarakom in the Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala. Situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in the Kerala Backwaters, this bird sanctuary is a favourite destination for many native as well as migratory birds, which makes the place a dreamland full of ecstasy and delight for bird watchers and nature lovers. The houseboats and motor boats that are available on rent to watch birds further enhance this enrichening experience. A trip to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is thus a must while in Kerala, to explore and unravel the hidden treasures and gifts of the Earth. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread over a total area of over 14 acres on the southern bank of the Kavanar River and is managed by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. The sanctuary initially developed in a rubber plantation, and was looked after by an Englishman and known as the Baker's Estate. While neighbouring areas such as Poothanpandi Kayal and Pathirmanal are also excellent locations for spotting some rare and exquisite birds, this paradise on Earth is home to local birds like owls, cuckoos, waterfowls and herons; as well as migratory birds like the Siberian Crane. Other birds are also spotted here during their respective migratory seasons, some of which come from the Himalayas, while others flock from Siberia. The walk through the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, jumping over the puddles and walking through the muddy paths is a unique experience in itself. The view of such a vast variety of birds pleases the heart, and tourists do not even realise how hours pass by as they just stand and watch the birds and capture them in their cameras.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 22 kms

Backwaters

The Backwaters of Kumarakom, formed by the beautiful Vembanad Lake, is located about 17 kilometers from Kottayam in God's Own Country, the South Indian state of Kerala. The Vembanad Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the state and is known worldwide for its famous backwater tourism. The Backwaters of Kumarakom offer a picturesque location that proves to be a perfect backwater destination for travelers who are persistently searching for one. The lush green paddy fields, the ducks swimming in the lake and the tiny chirpy birds flying in the evening blue sky will mesmerize you as you explore the backwaters by the banks or on a boat. You are sure to get a glimpse of a blissful life in this part of God's Own Country. The Vembanad Lake of Kumarakom is the starting point for backwater cruises in Kerala, along with Allepey. Formerly known as the Baker Estate and now developed as a Rubber Estate, Kumarakom is home to a diversity of flora and fauna. The lush green surroundings with tall grass, shrubs and countless coconut trees that line the horizon of the pristine lake are a treat to the eyes. If you are an early morning person, do observe dew drops gleaming like pearls on the foliage, the mist formed over the surface of the backwaters and the freshness in the air that feels so wholesome you would want to explore the place for hours. The backwater boat rides are a famous attraction and draw travellers to Kumarakom from all parts of the world. One can even opt for House Boats to live in instead of hotels to experience the little pleasures of the marvellously beautiful backwaters.

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Distance: 12 Kms

Vellavali

Vellavali, a method of fishing used to catch Karimeen (Pearl Spot) is quite common in Kumarakom. This method requires expertise in fishing and swimming. First, a piece of coir rope, about a km long, is shaped into an inverted U. Tender palm leaves are attached to the rope and then two fishermen tie the ends of the rope to their waists while standing in water in bright sunlight. The men then walk through shallow water using poles. The palm leaves tied to their waists shine in the water. The light reflected from the leaves scares the Pearl Spot and they hide in the muddy areas. At this time, expert swimmers, who have been following the two men in country boats, dive into the muddy water and catch the prized fish with their bare hands.

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Distance: 10 kms

Visit to Toddy Shops

During your boat cruise or while on a trip across the village, one thing might catch your attention is a small thatched building with a black board outside with 'Kallu' written boldly in white. This is a traditional toddy shop in Kumarakom, though now many have tiled or concrete roofs.

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Distance: 10 kms

Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Founded by Raji Punnoose, a school-teacher in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay Island Driftwood Museum is famous for its innovative modern art techniques deployed to design various kinds of root and tree-trunk sculptures. Other sculptures made of driftwood comprising of twisted tree trunks, stumps, roots etc. are also on display here. She had developed this collection shaped in the form of birds, animals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes during her teaching days. The interesting and expansive techniques of curation have helped the museum to be listed in the Limca Books of Records.

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Distance: 14 kms

Fishing

Fishing is not just a livelihood in Kumarakom but it has also turned out to be an excellent tourist-bait. Catering to the newly emerged demand from visitors, travel planners, resorts and agencies include fishing using traditional methods in their tourist packages. The tourists can have their pick from fishing with nets, angling and handpicking of clams.

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Distance: 20 kms

Angling

The canals running across the village as well as the shallow waters of Lake Vembanad offer great opportunities for angling. With patience and a little bit of skill, you are sure to have a fairly good catch as well as a lot of fun, taking part in a traditional village activity. The traditional angling gear consists of a simple fishing rod, a fishing line and a hook. The popular bait, earthworms, is found in abundance all around.

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Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall is an impressive 30 feet high waterfall which is a perfect attraction to visit during the monsoons when it gushes with gallons of water. The surroundings are covered with dense forestation and have several exciting trekking trails. It is, therefore, an apt attraction for nature walks, trekking or hiking.

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Kumarakom Beach

Kumarakom Beach is a famous for recreational activities and water sports. The pristine clear waters are apt for swimming. The glimmering sands, the gentle waves, several restaurants and resorts make it a perfect tourist attraction in the city. This is one of the beaches where one can find delicious seafood.

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Juma Masjid

Located one of the banks of the serene stream of Meenachil, Juma Masjid is a stunning ancient mosque. It is one of the oldest mosques in the country and is famous for its architectural beauty. The beautiful carvings on the wood and the royal interiors are a delight for tourists.

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St Mary's Church, Cheriapally

St. Maryês Church, Cheriapally was built in 1579. It belongs to Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church and is one of the oldest orthodox churches in the country. The Metropolitans of the church belonged to 3 families in the region. The beautiful structure is an amalgamation of Kerala and Persian style of architecture that has been preserved very well.

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Kumarakom Craft Museum

Kumarakom Craft Museum has a stunning collection of antiques ranging from woodwork, decor items, paintings, portraits, etc. This is where one can find most of the well preserved antiques or traditional artefacts belonging to the region. Local artwork and craftwork can also be purchased from the museum shop.

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Pathiramanal

Pathiramanal is a beautiful island which was once the property of the Thaimattatil family until 1979. The island is covered with dense natural vegetation and offers a perfect climatic condition for regional flora and fauna to thrive. The attraction is also famous as a bird watcher's paradise and a favourite amongst nature lovers.

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