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Kumarakom - its backwater tourism OR rice bowl of Kerala

STATE - KERALA
   
DISTANCE - From Bangalore: 560 Km, Coimbatore: 235 Km

CONNECTION
AIR : The nearest airport to Kumarakom is Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery. Airport is nearly 85 km away from Kumarakom, and Tourist taxi charges about Rs 1600 to cover this distance. Cochin airport is well connected to many major cities in India and abroad, especially connected directly to gulf countries.
 
RAIL : Kottayam is the nearest railway station which is about 16 km away from Kumarakom. Taxi fare from Kottayam to Kumarakam is about Rs 3500. Kottayam is well connected by rail to all important cities in India.
 
ROAD : KSRTC buses are plenty from Kottayam to reach Kumarakom. Kotatyam is connected to all cities in Kerala by KSRTC buses. Private deluxe A/C buses connect Kottayam with many cities in South India, including Chennai, Mangalore, Bangalore and Trivandrum.
 
ABOUT KUMARAKOM
Kumarakomis situated in Kottayam District, in Kerala State, in India; it is on the west of Kottayam, and on the north east of Alappuzha (Alleppey). The total area of Kumarakom is 52 Sq.Kms. (12,844 Acres) out of the above, 24 Sq.Km. is part of Lake Vembanad, 16 Sq.Km. is Paddy fields, the area of the settlement of the village is only 12 Sq.Kms.The whole of western, southern and part of northern boundary of Kumarakom is Lake Vembanad. Kumarakom is an enchanting picnic spot and provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The slender coconut palms standing here, there and everywhere, its never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind.
 
PLACES OF INTERESTS IN KUMARAKOM
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary : Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the bird sanctuary is spread across 14 acres. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal.

Backwater Cruises : Kumarakom is a serenely beautiful and scenic backwater destination, a charming peninsula jutting into the ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake that is dotted with plenty of traditional rice boats and canoes, leaving a scene that is immensely pleasing to the eye. Kumarakom is a serenely beautiful and scenic backwater destination, a charming peninsula jutting into the ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake that is dotted with plenty of traditional rice boats and canoes, leaving a scene that is immensely pleasing to the eye.

Vembanad Lake: An enchanting picnic spot not too far away from Trivandrum, Kumarakom is a backwater tourism destination, where one can boat, fish and just watch the Kerala countryside. Kumarakom on the Vembanad Lake is fascinating. Interspersed with lush green mangrove forests, paddy fields that stretch out far into the horizon and rows and rows of coconut palms that criss-cross the backwater canals, the little village of Kumarakom is in reality a group of small islands.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls: Located 2 km down a mud lane from Kumarakom and 18 km from Kottayam town, is a charming tourist spot. The cataract drops down a 100 feet from the mountains. The fabulous wooded landscape and the thundering cascade offer exciting opportunities for a short trip into nature.

Pathiramanal : Is a beautiful island in the Vembanad Lake. It lies between Kumarakom and Muhamma and comes in the Thannermukkom south village of Cherthala Taluk in Alappuzha District(E76o 23′ and 76o 24′longitude and N 9o 37′ and 9o 38′ latitude). The island covers an area of 68 hectares.

Kettuvallams : Houseboat is a country craft better known as "Kettuvallom" in Malayalam language. These boats were used for the transportation of goods from the isolated villages to the towns in the yester years.

Sunset & Sunrise Cruise on a Kettuvallam : No trip to Kumarakom is complete without a Kettuvallam sunset or sunrise cruise. The ride offers a close look into a delightful rustic life. Skiff-fishermen launching their tiny boats. Large flotillas of ducks waddling down to the water from coconut leaf thatched houses on the banks of canals. Palm-filled lagoons, an enchanting view of wooded islands and the main lands are poetically beautiful scenes.

Bay Island Museum : Bay Island Driftwood Museum in Kumarakom displays a unique collection of twisted stumps of driftwood etched into sculptures.

Erumely : Erumely is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus and Muslims. Sree Dharmasastha Temple here is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN KUMARAKOM
Vaikom Temple : A temple with a thousand legends, the Vaikom Temple, Kottayam is a must-visit while on a tour to Kerala. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in Kerala, thronged by the faithful all through the year. Arguably the oldest Shiva Temple in the world, the Vaikom Temple in Kottayam also has a number of stories of India's struggle for freedom attached to it, which has further helped the temple to become one of the major tourist attractions of Kottayam.

Sree Dharma Sastha Temple : Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha Temples. It is believed that "Parasurama Maharshi" who retrieved Kerala from the sea by throwing his axe, installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala to worship Lord Ayyappa. The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January. The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of India, but also from other parts of the country and abroad.

The Cheria palli : The Cheria Pally('small church') an ancient Church belonging to the Malankara Orthodox Church is well preserved with wall murals painted using vegetable dyes. The Valia Palli ('big church') has Persian inscriptions and a stone cross. Both the churches belong to the Knanaya Jacobite Church.

WHEN TO GO
Kumarakom has a tropical climate. Best time to visit Kumarakom is between November to March.

WEATHER
The temperature ranges between 16 - 38 degree Celsius. There is always a cool, fresh breeze, which makes even the warmest weather readily agreeable.

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
The most famous festival of Kumarakom is Onam which is celebrated in the month of August/ September. The entire village is decorated with flowers and lights. The Dance performances are simply mind blowing. Aranmula is the site of the splendid Onam festival boat races, usually in early September. These races unlike the more sporting Nehru Trophy race at Alappuzha in August are essentially religious, based on a temple festival. Caparisoned elephants with beaded umbrellas, processions of decorated floats, and highly ornate boats make this a lovely event to witness.

FOOD

  • Dosa
  • Idli
  • Sambhar
  • Masala Vada
  • Rice
  • Fish
  • Coconut Chutney
  • Karimeen Pollichathu
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