Kumarakom, the captivating backwater destination dotted with endless stretches of lake and lagoons is among the best spring destinations in Kerala. The village, which is on the banks of Vembanad Lake, is in the Kuttanad region, also known as the rice bowl of Kerala.
The deep blue backwaters set in the perfect backdrop of green paddy fields, coconut trees and the mangrove forests is a true delight to its visitors. Kumarakom is famous all over the world for its majestic Kettuvallams or the houseboats which reflects the true architectural splendour of Kerala. Houseboats, which are fully furnished and equipped with all the facilities have bath attached bedrooms, kitchens, dining area and a private front deck to capture the captivating beauty of the back waters. A houseboat cruise through the serene backwaters is a blissful experience, with an opportunity to witness the vibrant culture and lifestyle of the water-bound rural areas of the state.
The Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the state, is a feast for the eyes with its traditional country crafts or Kettuvallams and canoes floating up and down. A cruise through the backwater will leave you with lots of pleasant memories
The small island of Pathiramanal or Midnight Sands reflects the scenic beauty of the lake and its surrounding area is home to many exquisite species of migratory birds, especially for those from other parts of the world.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is spread over 14-acres of land, is a favourite among bird lovers. It has a huge number of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter etc. The park is also home to a large number of water birds.
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall which is just around 18 kms from Kottayam town and two kms down a mud lane from the picturesque Kumarakom is a charming picnic spot, with its wooded landscape and the rumbling cascade.
Backwater cruises, fishing, and boating are the most popular things to indulge in at Kumarakom. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary demands more than one visit for serious birdwatchers. You can also seek some Ayurvedic therapy from the experts and go in for rejuvenation.
Kumarakom is an ideal destination for a holiday and one can relax and enjoy nature in its splendour. The hotels provide good accommodation and food and the staff are very courteous and make you feel on top of the world. It is your money's worth and a good holiday spent. Good food and ethnic culture is part of Kumarakom and natural beauty surrounds you all the time. It is awesome. You can have some quality time for yourself with nobody disturbing you amidst the backwaters.