Best Things to do in Kumarakom

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Kumarakom


Welcome to the Kumarakom

Fact & figure
  • State : Kerala.
  • Area : 51.67 sq. km
  • Population : 1,974,551 (2011).
  • Language : Malayalam, English.
  • Attractions : ‎Nature, Beach.
  • Rainfall : 1100 mm.
  • Altitude : 1600 m
  • Monsoon : June to September
  • Best time to visit : November to February

Kumarakom City Information:

Situated on the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a beautiful holiday destination of Kerala. Well known for its backwaters, rich green vegetation, and emerald-green paddy fields, this place is one of the most beautiful destinations of ‘God’s own country’. The sleepy town of Kumarakom, located in the Kuttanad region of Kerala, has gradually become an important tourist center of the state. Most of the travelers visit this place in the search of peace and tranquility - two things that can be found in abundance here.
Suitable to visit throughout the year, to experience the best of Kumarakom winters are ideal. During this period, the weather is at its most charming self, making it perfect for a romantic trip. During monsoons, the region is suitable for bird watching or enjoying the flora and fauna of the region.
Kumarakom, named after the deity Kumaran, is home to diverse flora and fauna. The Vembanad Lake, one of Asia’s biggest freshwater lakes, is home to several fishes and other marine creatures. A favorite destination for migratory birds, one can find Siberian Storks as well as wild ducks, teals, and waterfowl, roaming freely around the region. To witness the panoramic view of the area, many visitors prefer staying at the waterscapes. These waterscapes or resorts, built on backwaters, offer a beautiful view of the region and its natural heritage.

Top highlights - of Kumarakom:

  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Bay Island Museum and Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls are important landmarks of the region.
  • Living on a houseboat in the Vembanad Lake at Kumarakom is a memorable experience. Apart from that, tourists can take a nature walk around the lake for experiencing the beauty of the region.
  • The therapeutic ayurvedic massage of Kumarakom is well-known for its wellness and rejuvenating capacities.
  • Delicacies made from fresh catches from the lake are worth trying.

What makes Kumarakom special?

Surrounded by the emerald colored fields and coconut trees, Kumarakom is a beautiful destination on the lap of a gorgeous lake. The energetic boat races on Vembanad Lake are one of the most popular events held here. During August and September, this place witnesses several boating competitions among local boating clubs.

History of Kumarakom:

The small town of Kumarakom was built on the small man-made landmass reclaimed from the Vembanad Lake. Due to its fertile rice paddy fields and coconut plantations, the area was a prized possession of the Vedakkancore Kingdom. The State of Travancore annexed this portion of the empire in 1750 and it remained its part till India’s independence. The modern backwater village that Kumarakom is began with the arrival of an English farmer Alfred George Baker in 1847. He and his family developed the area and built some of the prominent landmarks of the region.

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