Known As Queen of Vembanad
Best Time to Visit : November to February.
What to Do : Bird Watching, Exploring the Forest on Foot, Feeding the Birds of the Forest
Inside Tip : Take a Boat Cruise on the Emerald Green Backwaters of the Vembanad Lake.
Important Distances : Kottayam – 15 km, Nedumbassery - 106 km , Periyar – 185 km.
Wildlife : Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, Herons Water Ducks, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers, Wood Beetle, Mangrove Forests, Green Paddy Fields and Coconut Groves.
Other Attractions : Houseboat and Motorboat Cruise, Tasting Delicious Kottanad Cuisine.
Don't Miss : To see the migratory Siberian Cranes.
Getting Around : Kottayam, Alleppey, Cradomom Hills, Boat Cruises, Madurai, Kochi, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Munnar.
Getting There : Nearest Airport Kochi Airport Nedumbassery -106 km.
Nearest Rail - Kottayam Junction – 15 km.
Road - 15 km from Kottayam. S-H-1 links Kumarakom to Cochin and Trivendrum.
If nature is all that you need to rejuvenate, Kumarakom is undeniably the most fascinating paradise in Kerala which is also known as God's own country. The lean coconut trees here, there and everywhere, the unending paddy fields, twisty lagoons, backwaters, canals and mangroves which nests a variety of birds , can peacefully and easily calm and refresh your mind and body. That actually is the immaculate beauty of Kumarakom.
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the very famous Vembanad Lake. This lake with its majestic canals, distributaries and streams along its banks entwine an elaborate and interestingly beautiful web. The complete state of Kerala is hallowed with a lot of rivers. It is an incredibly special experience to enjoy the cruise in the backwaters in the country boats, engrossing the beauty of the Kerala villages.
This otherwise quiet and calm lake comes alive during Onam with an extravagant water event which is the snake boat races. It is truly amazing to see the oarsmen, more than a hundred in one boat, going all the way through the waters with the tempo of their full throated singing.
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, also referred to as an ornithologist's paradise, is home to a lot of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, darter, egret, teal and the heron. Most of these birds come here from the Himalayas and Siberia.
Pathiramanal also known as sands of midnight, another captivating island on the lake, can is also reachable by boat from here. This island is home to many more extraordinary and exotic variety of migratory birds. You can also get to see many more birds like owl, egret cuckoo, water ducks, wood beetle etc.
The best time for bird watching is between June and August and for migratory birds is between November to February.
Apart from the cruises on the backwaters, there are many other places to visit in Kumarakom. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls is a beautiful picnic spot for family holiday with a stream tinkling and later roaring while cascading down the mountain. You can also visit Kottayam to see the famous churches there and thousands of people gather here during the festive season. The ettumanoor Shiva temple which is 12 kms away from here has some exceptionally beautiful wall painting on its walls. Eurumely, Aranmula, Vagamon, Elaveezha Poonchira and Vaikom are few other interesting places to visit on the holiday to Kumarakom.
You can come and cruise along the backwaters and a take a glance of the rural life here or watch the lush paddy vegetation, flocked by the ducks and many other migratory birds or sail on the canoes, boats or houseboats silently and just listen to the voices of the birds. All this will liven up the image of the everlasting beauty for which Kumarakom is famous.