THE KUMARAKOM BACKWATERS
Kumarakom, a village located 16 kilometres east to Kottayam town, is a fast growing backwater tourism destination in Kerala. Set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is well known for its panoramic backwater stretches, rich green paddy fields, dense mangrove forests and coconut groves.
A cruise through the backwaters of Kumarakom is an unforgettable experience to the tourists. The rural sights, the green sea of paddy fields, the never ending coconut groves, the deep blue water, the cool breeze, the moving house boats, traditional rice boats and canoes – all makes it an exciting magical world to the traveller.
To enjoy the beauty of the backwater world, tourists have a wide choice that suits their budget. The luxurious house boats, the traditional house boats or ‘Kettuvallams’, passenger boats, speed boats and canoes are made available by the Department of Tourism and private tour operators in Kumarakom.
Kumarakom is well equipped with a range of luxury and budget resorts and hotels with options like ayurvedic treatment, massage parlour, meditation and yoga centre, boating, fishing, swimming and sightseeing. Eco –friendly home stays with modern facilities are also available in Kumarakom.
Another major attraction of Kumarakom is the Bird Sanctuary, spread over 14 acres, where more than 65 species of birds inhabit, and varieties of migratory birds arrive here from the Himalayas and far away places like Siberia and Central Asia.
Kumarakom is also famous for its marine foods, namely, Karimeen (Pearl spotted fish), Konju (tiger prawns), Njandu (crab), Chemmeen (prawns) and Kakka (oysters).
Kumarakom experience a well balanced tropical climate, and the temperature varies from 16 to 38 degree celsius. The ideal time to visit this place is from September till March.
Nearest Railway Stations to Kumarakom are Kottayam (17Kms) and Sherthala (22Kms). From Nedumbassery International Airport (90Kms) and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (180Kms), tourists can reach by road. Distances to other tourist centres from Kumarakom are Thekkady – 125Kms, Munnar – 165 Kms and Vagamon – 78Kms.