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Kumarakom is truly an enchanting travel getaway situated in Kerala and is majorly famous for its backwater tourism. Usually, a great number of tourists visit this place for the sake of exploring the raw beauty of Kerala from all across the globe to relax and unwind their lethargy about life.  

Fundamentally, an adorable cluster of islands present on the Vembanad lake, the town also has a bird sanctuary having a good variety of flora and fauna. Along with that, this lake is also known for its majestic houseboats. Apparently, tourists simply love to stay in these boats while holidaying. However, for staying purposes, one can also choose resorts built in Kumarakom who prefer modern living in natural surroundings. 

Why You Should Visit Kumarakom

The charming and engaging nature of this travel getaway is the major highlight of this tourist destination in Kerala. Another great reason to visit this place is the fact that one also gets the chance to experience the longest freshwater lake in India and explore the musings of being a traveller. 

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History of Kumarakom

There was once a time when Kumarakoram used to come under the rule of King of Thekkumkur. During those times, it became very common to have fights and local competitions in the form of boat races among the local kings. Yes, for this purpose, small boats which were known as Chundan Vallam or Veppu Vallam were typically used.  

In those times, the Vembanad lake was also considered to be dangerous territory, therefore, the local king gave orders to construct a fort for the sake of protecting the entrance of Kottathodu in Kumarakom. For this, many soldiers were employed in the geographical boundaries of this place protecting the lands against the enemy attacks. And interestingly, some of the local places still have a “pada” as a prefix in their names like Padakkalam, Padanilam from those times. The remains of this fort’s wall are six feet broad and still can be seen near the village office of Kumarakom.  

Places to Visit in and Around Kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. It is a heaven for those who love to watch different varieties of birds. And the lush green environment along with the scenic vistas only add on to the incredible beauty of this incredible tourist spot. If you are lucky then you may expect to see birds like Siberian Stork, Kingfisher and many other exotic species. 

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall. It is truly an ideal picnic spot where you can hope to spend some real quality time along with your loved ones. And the fact that these have been surrounded by a rubber plantation only give you more of a reason to travel here and witness the scenic happiness of nature. 

Vembanad Lake. It is the kind of place which is depicted as the glory of the city and rightly so - the picturesque backwaters and the artistic backgrounds of this place add a nice romantic touch to this travel getaway.   

Things to do in and Around Kumarakom

A House-Boat Ride in the Backwaters. What can be greater than this? Residing in an old houseboat and then sailing through the quaint and charming backwaters is what makes this whole destination quite a jaw-dropping getaway.

A Kathakali Performance. Kathakali is the traditional dance form and is quite an integral part of the Kerala culture. It is specifically practised across the state. Furthermore, this amazing dance form involves diverse facial expressions from the part of the dancers and perhaps that is what makes the whole experience to be quite magical.

Strolling Along the Lakeside. How about taking a stroll on the lakeside while specifically enjoying the eye-catching backwater lake? Moreover, walking and seeing the vast skies, crystal clear blue waters would simply be a magical experience.

Events and Festivals in & Around Kumarakom

Parumala Perunnal. This festival is celebrated with great zeal and owing to which it also attracts a lot of local citizens as well as tourists who come to this place from all around the world. The reason behind celebrating this festival is the anniversary of the Bishop Mar Gregorios who was one of the spiritual leaders of his times. Read More

Aarattu. What is really unique about Aarattu Festival is that it is celebrated at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple which is located in Thiruvananthapuram. This festival witnesses a very grand procession which is dazzling enough to impress you right away. During this festival, the idols are taken to the Shankumugham Beach for the purpose of giving them a bath in the sea. Read More

Onam. Onam is celebrated as an annual Hindu Holiday. If the legends are to be believed then we can say that this festival is celebrated particularly to commemorate the King Mahabali. It is believed that during this festival his soul visits Kerala. Being a harvest festival the Hindus celebrate it with a lot of enthusiasm and owing to which the Onam celebrations include boat races, tiger dances, flower arrangements, women’s dance, folk songs and many other celebrations. Read More

Best Time to Visit Kumarakom

If you are planning to visit Kumarakom then the months of November to February would prove to be just the right time for you to visit this place. During the summers, the tourists may not find the temperature quite suitable and the humidity levels are also very high. 

How to Reach Kumarakom

By Air. Kumarakom doesn’t have an airport. The nearest airport is specifically located in Kochi. The Kochi airport has good flight connectivity with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore. After you deboard your flight, you will need to hire a cab or some other means of transportation to further cover a distance of around 70-80 km depending upon the route you take. 

By Road. There are regular buses from some major cities to Kumarakom. Apart from that, travelling via your own vehicle is always a good idea. From cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh you would need to cover a distance of around 2,758 km, 1,333 km, 1,476 km, 2,379 km, 3,008 km. 

By Train. For travelling by train, you would have to buy tickets for Kottayam instead of Kumarakom. From there, Kumarakom is located at an approximate distance of around 10 km away. So, travelling further won’t be an issue. 

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