Details of Kumarakom in the backwaters of Kerala including visit details, things to see and do and traveling around.
Kumarakom is a village situated on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala one of the most beautiful island. Kumarakom boasts a variety of attractions the mangroves forest, emerald green paddy fields, coconut groves and backwaters all makes it a dream place. Situated on the Vemabanad lake the largest backwater of Kerala, Kumarakom is a quaint little hamlet of tiny islands about 85 kilometres from Cochin International Airport.
Kumarakom has fertile soil due to the proximity of the water source, this has resulted in the growth of a wide variety of flora in this region. It also has vast resource of marine species especially the 'Karimeen' (Peral spotted fish), Shrimp and Prawn (chemmeen).
The bird sanctuary here has some great variety of birds even the rarest species of birds can be seen here, it extends over 14 acres, and came into existence following preservation efforts from the government.
The best way to explore this beautiful place is go the traditional way, take the 'Kettuvallam' (house boats) which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. It is connected by road all nearby places in Kerala.
The nearest rail head is Kottayam which 13 Km away and nearest airport is Cochin International Airport.
Just opposite to Alappuzha, the backwater village, Kumarakom, is on the banks of Vembanad Lake,the largest freshwater lake in the state. The former Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee had holidayed here in 2000. His ‘Musings from Kumarakom’ were penned while he was here.
The tiny village, Kumarakom, was unknown to the people beyond Kottayam. A British man ,Henry Baker, purchased some land from the erstwhile Travancore Raja to build a house. Later this house was purchased by the Taj group of Hotels and converted into a tourist resort.
Today luxury resorts and hotels line its palm fringed banks to accommodate the swelling numbers of tourists.
It is the ideal place to get the best out of the backwater experience: sail on the backwaters, see coir retting in water, boats sailing by laden with pots and pans - their customers live on the banks of the river - fishing boats returning with their catch, women rowing by in small canoes, birds swooping into the water or just the landscape floating by.Houseboats are the best way to explore Kumarakom,The houseboats slide past paddy fields, coconut groves, houses on the banks and other boats, making it an unforgettable experience. Karimeen (Pearl spot), shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns are most demanded by the tourists visiting Kumarakom.