Kumarakom is a peninsula of green meadows and serene backwaters and finds a place on the itinerary of every nature lover travelling to Kerala. A tiny village with a cluster of even tinier islands, Kumarakom adorns the enchanting Vembanad Lake with much grace and charm.
Kumarakom´s claim to fame is not just restricted to scenic backwaters and invigorating houseboats but encompasses the overall magnificence of the place. Kumarakom is blessed with dense mangroves, coconut trees, and greenery all round. It´s hard to resist the romance of spending a few days in the backwaters whilst enjoying the company of your loved one on a floating houseboat.
A birdwatcher´s paradise, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a habitat for several migratory birds and is situated on the banks of the radiant Vembanad Lake. This sanctuary is covered in rich greenery and is home to birds such as the Siberian Crane, Egret, Heron, Water-Fowl, Ducks, Moorhens and Kingfishers.
An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many a great leisure experiences like boating, fishing, visit to coir factory, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) etc set amidst coconut groves and panoramic view of the backwaters. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascinate the visitors.
Pathiramanal is an island on the famous Vembanad Lake and is hardly 10 acres in size. The island is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world and is a must visit when in Kumarakom.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in the region. With migratory birds from Siberia, you´re likely to see bird species like Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Cuckoos, and Wild Ducks. This sanctuary has been declared as one of the most important wetlands in India by the Ramsar Convention and is a must visit.
Backwaters in Kumarakom
The beautiful backwaters are the highlight of any trip to Kumarakom and hold a special sway over tourists and locals alike. The houseboats here are the major attraction and are a beautiful and relaxed way to explore the beautiful backwaters.
Kumarakom has a plethora of sacred places for those who are religiously inclined. Places worth visiting are the Shiva Temple in Thalikkotta, Jama Masjid Thazhathangad, St Mary´s Church, Cheriapalli, and the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple.
An ideal picnic spot, the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls are located two kilometres away from Kumarakom. Enjoy a relaxed and peaceful time with your loved ones as you watch the waters of the fall cascading down the cliff from a height of 100 feet!
Kumarakom is ideal for people who are interested in discovering the cultural heritage of Kerala. Take a simple trip with an auto rikshaw and you may wonder how fascinating the life in Kumarakom is.
Coir Factory Visit
Visiting coir factory is another interesting thing not to be missed once you are in Kumarakom. Come closer to the handicraft miracles the ladies perform in their day to day life.