Kumarakom in Kerala is a cluster of scenic islands spread across the Vembanad Lake. Situated at just 70 kms from Kochi Kumarakom has in recent times become synonymous with the best backwater cruises and scenic idyllic holiday destination.
The Paradise on Earth
Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most revitalizing, fascinating paradise in Kerala for a relaxing break. There are palm trees standing straight over the evergreen mangroves, lush paddy fields, winding canals and backwaters, a vast lake, nesting birds and a calm serenity that will invigorate your mind and body like never before.
Kumarakom Backwaters is the most serene and scenic destination and can be explored by renting a houseboat or on a day cruise boat that takes you through various canals, lakes and rive. The boats offer you all the possible facilities you need for a relaxed journey on water.
Vembanad Lake is the largest lake of Kerala and the longest in India. An ideal spot for boating, bird watching and picnicking, you can even hire a houseboat for cursing picturesque expanse of the lake. During Onam you can witness the famed snake boat racing at this otherwise serene lake. Another attraction is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, a 14 acre bird sanctuary on the shores of this Lake with migratory birds from all parts of the world.
Pathiramanal island in Vembanad Lake too is worth a visit. A 10 acre island with an aquarium and a zoo. Some exotic types of migratory birds can be seen here too. Accessible only by boat the best is to stop your cruise on the backwaters and enjoy this green island for a while.
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls is a 100 feet five step fall. The green wooden landscape and the rubber plantations around make it one of the most picturesque waterfalls of Kerala. There are trekking facilities too here for those who love outdoors. Do not miss the St. Mary’s Church, located at the top of Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls.
This is not all Kumarakom also has a lovely long beach. Its a perfect place to relax and enjoy various water activities like parasailing, boating, sunbathing, water skiing, wind surfing and swimming.
Cochin Internatinal airport is the nearest airport to Kumrakom at 70 km. The e nearest rail station is Kottayam, 14 km away.
Stay and Food
A stay in a houseboat is the best way to enjoy the backwater capital of Kerala. There are many budget hotels, homestays and luxury resorts too by the lake or on the beach that offer a comfortable and scenic stay.
Kumarakom is a non-vegetarian’s paradise, you must try the freshly caught prawns, crabs oysters and Karimeen (curry and baked) along with appams or Porottas . From high end restaurants to shacks that sell the catch of the day, Kumarakom is abound with eateries that suit every budget.
If your vacation is long pending , plan now and go for a relaxed and rejuvenating break to Kumarakom and enjoy your much needed break.