The village of Kumarakom is a congregation of little islands on the Vembanad Lake(largest freshwater lake in the state), with its beautiful landscapes & scenic environs is a perfect holiday spot, and is part of the Kuttanad region. There are slender coconut palms everywhere. Never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind with renewed inspiration for your vocation and life. That is the pristine beauty of Kumarakom. One comes across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes. The bird sanctuary here, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and is a major part of sightseeing in Kumarakom.
An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing is a splendid way to spend you time there. Kumarakom also witnesses boat races around the time of Onam, which is an important South Indian festival
How to reach Kumarakom
By Air The nearest Airport to Kumarakom is the Cochin International Airport, about 70 km away from the Muhamma boat jetty. The second nearest airport is at Trivandrum, 171 km away.
By Rail The railway station is at Kottayam, 16 km away. Kottayam Railway station is well connected with all major cities.
By RoadKottayam is about 16 km from Kumarakom, and is well connected with the rest of the country by both State highway and National Highway.
By Water From Trivandrum International Airport, you can come to Quilon by road or rail, and thereafter, take the regular ferry service through the enchanting backwaters, to reach Alleppey. Kumarakom can be reached by a short ride from Alleppey.
Places of interest in Kumarakom
Bay Island Driftwood Museum Located around 14 km from Kottayam in Kumarakom, this museum showcases a sole collection of quality driftwood articles which holds high artistic values, prepared through an innovative modern art technique. The museum also houses various root and tree trunk sculptures in unique forms and designs.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary A birdwatcher’s haven, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, covers an impressive expanse of 14 acres. A large variety of different birds can be found at the sanctuary at any given time. Numerous migratory birds even from places like Siberia visit the sanctuary. It is common to see golden-backed woodpeckers, night herons, kingfishers, paradise fly-catchers and egrets.
Best time to visit Kumarakom Kumarakom experiences a tropical climatic condition and the best time for visiting the place is from September to March. Winters (November to February) are pleasant and temperature goes down to a minimum of 18°C. This is the best season for Kumarakom tourism.