Kumarakom

Kumarakom is nothing but a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake that make it an enchanting backwater destination. It is a perfect place for activities like boating, fishing, backwater cruising or simply laze around amidst sprawling greenery, placid backwaters and variety of birds. Perched on the edge of Vembanad Lake this verdant paradise is located in the state of Kerala which is rightly referred to as Gods own country. The real beauty of this place can be seen in the lush green paddy fields, mangrove forests, and waterways. Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are major tourist attractions here.

This destination has become one of the best known exotic holidays in Kerala and caters to a lot of tourists from all over the country. Vembanad Lake nearby is Kerala’s largest lake and possibly the longest lake in India. A vast range of flora and fauna can be seen on this island which makes it a naturalist’s delight. The name Kumarakom comes from Lord Kumaran who was worshipped here. The Vadakkancore kingdom ruled this area in the initial period. One can also hire boats and houseboats for joyrides or overnight trips on the Vembanad Lake from here.

Weather

Summer starts from March and lasts till May. Temperature ranges between 22°C to 34°C during these months. The days are hot and nights are relatively cooler.

The rainy season lasts mainly from June to September. As the region receives two monsoons an occasional drizzle makes the atmosphere pleasant and the surroundings green and fresh.

In winters the temperature drops to18°C. Best time to visit Kumarakom is from September to March as the weather is pleasant. This area has moderate climate which allows tourists to enjoy the natural ambience. During this season, visitors can also see plenty of migratory birds in the sanctuary.

How to Reach

Road, Rail and air connect Kumarakom with various parts of India. Cochin International Airport, nearly 80 km away, serves as the nearest airport to Kumarakom. Flights of domestic airlines connect Cochin with other Indian cities on a daily basis. Flights from major international cities also serve Cochin City.

State as well as private bus operators serve Kumarakom route. Kottayam bus terminus, which is located around 14 km away from Kumarakom village, withholds the operation of buses serving cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin. Plenty of buses stop at Kumarakom as well.

Kumarakom does not have its own railway station and Kottayam serves as the nearest railway station. Trains from various parts of the country like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi etc. serve Kottayam on a regular basis. Direct as well as stopover trains are available in this route.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Backwater Cruise: This is the number one activity while in Kumarakom, endless hours of relaxed enjoyment amidst lush palm trees and scenic beauty. Houseboats allow tourists to stay put while travelling about at a leisurely pace.

The Vembanad Lake: This Lake is the prime attraction of this destination which is also one of the most visited day trip destinations in Kumarakom. You can enjoy boating and fishing on this lake.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: A must see destination for birdwatchers, the Kumarakom bird sanctuary is spread over an area of 14 acres. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between June and August, as it is the breeding season of local wetland birds like Indian Darter, Little Cormorant and White Ibis along with several species of kingfishers. One can also take a boat trip to the nearby locations like Pathiramanal, Kaipuzha Muttu, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal where around hundred species of local as well as migratory birds can be easily spotted.

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