of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and
is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is
spread across 14 acres 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 are a fascinate the visitors.
An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many
other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at
the Taj Garden Retreat, a sprawling old bungalow-turned-resort.
Waterscapes, the backwater resort of the Kerala Tourism Development
Corporation has independent cottages built on stilts, set amidst
coconut groves and panoramic view of the backwaters. Holiday packages
involving houseboats, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) offer
Cochin Airport is the
nearest airport and well connected all major cities of India.
Kottayam railway station
is around 16 km away from Kumarakom.
Kumarakom is well connected
Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a must-visit destination. The bird
watcher's paradise is located about 16 km from Kottayam, on the banks
of Vembanad Lake. Migratory birds, including Siberian stork and local
birds such as Egret, Teal, Water duck, and Cuckoo, are the major
fascination here. The best time to visit this place is between June
A tantalizing waterfall, Aruvikkuzhi is located 18 km from Kottayam
town, falling from a height of 100 ft. Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls comes
across as a beautiful picnic spot. Here, water streams create a
tinkling sound as they make their way through the landscape that
houses beautiful rubber plantations.
The intoxicating backwater cruise in Kumarakom is a thrilling
experience. Along with that snake boat races, houseboat tour, fishing
and canoeing are the 'not to be missed' attractions when you step into
the village. A stay at the thatched houseboat called Kettuvallom is an
experience that is beyond compare!
Kottayam district is a colossal network of rivers and canals, which
flow into the vastness of the Vembanad Lake, one of Asia's largest
freshwater lakes. The fast emerging backwater tourism destination
provides the facilities of boating, sightseeing, and fishing - the
perfect ingredients of a laid-back holiday. You can take a boat ride
into the countryside and have a closer look to the busy rustic life as
Pathiramanal or 'Sands of Midnight' is a charming island on Vembanad
Lake. The 10-acre island, situated on the backwaters, serves as home
to a wide array of rare migratory birds that come from different parts
of the world. If you are a bird lover, this is definitely a place that
you would not want to miss.
hh - heritage hotel ; ph -
palace hotel ; bh - boutique hotel ; gh - guest house ; hs - home stay