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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 themselves.  

Apart from an adorable cluster of islands present on 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 with natural surroundings. 

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 perks of being a traveller. 

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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 summer, the tourists may not find the temperature quite suitable and the humidity levels are also very high. 

History of Kumarakom

Once upon a time, 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 and Padanilam. The remains of this fort’s wall are six feet broad and still can be seen near the village office of Kumarakom.  

Major Attractions in and Around Kumarakom

1. 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 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. 

2. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall. It is truly an ideal picnic spot where you can hope to spend some real quality time 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. 

3. 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.   

4. 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.

5. Kathakali Performance. Kathakali is the traditional dance form and is quite an integral part of 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.

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

How to Reach Kumarakom

Kumarakom is situated at a distance of about 2,736, 1,353, 2,352, 572 km from major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the following details on how you can reach here by the following means of public transport. 

By Air. Kumarakom doesn’t have an airport and the nearest airport is located in Kochi. The Kochi airport has good flight connectivity with other cities. 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. 

  • From Kanpur - Book Spicejet, IndiGo, AirAsia flights from Kanpur Airport. The airfares start from INR 6,000-7,000
  • From Prayagraj - Book IndiGo, Air India flights from Prayagraj Airport. The airfares start from INR 6,000-7,000
  • From Guwahati - Board AirAsia, IndiGo, Spicejet flights from Guwahati Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000

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 10-15 km. To continue your journey further, you will need to board a cab or some other means of public transport. 

By Road. There are regular buses from some major cities to Kumarakom, otherwise, you can also book private taxis as per your convenience. Apart from that, travelling via your own vehicle is always a good idea.

  • From Madurai - 260 km via NH85
  • From Thrissur - 131 km via NH544
  • From Munnar - 148 km via NH85

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