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Kumarakom

The picturesque village of Kumarakom is a cluster of tiny islands on the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. The lake also houses the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is an important biodiversity zone.

Kumarakom is one of the famous backwater destinations in Kerala. The village of Kumarakom is made up of a cluster of little islands in the Vembanad Lake and is part of the Kuttanad region.
Located in the southern coastal region of India, the natural abundance of this region captivates everyone. Dotted with coconut and mangrove trees and small backwater waterways, Kumarakom is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity.
The backwaters at Kumarakom are a connection of small lakes and lagoons that run parallel to the Malabar Coast. Vembanad Lake, the largest of the backwater lakes in the state, covers an area of 200sq/km and is bordered by the Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts of Kerala.
Hiring a house–boat (Kettuvallom) to float through the backwaters is the best way to enjoy the beauty of Kumarakom. One can cruise on the houseboat through narrow waterways with swaying coconut trees on either side, passed rolling paddy fields and the rustic beauty of the Kerala villages. This is an experience to savor and cherish forever.
Nature is at its best here. The wonderful countryside, paddy fields and coconut palms that line the water bodies are picture perfect. The green coverage and copious water bodies in the region provide shelter and food to a number of avifauna.
The sprawling Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary stretching across 14 acres is located on one of the islands of the Vembanad Lake. It is home to several rare and unique birds like teals, egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and even numerous migratory birds like the Siberian stork.

It is believed that in 1878, the marshy mangrove plantations near the Vembanad lake were removed and substituted by coconut cultivation. A British missionary, Alfred George Baker, was responsible for this entire operation. Baker arrived in India to initiate missionary work in Kottayam, but was captivated by the beauty and simplicity of this place, so he decided to settle here. He was popularly known as Kari Saipu by the locals and four generations of his decendents continued to live in Kumarakom until 1962. His residence, known as Baker House still exists today;  in recent years it was taken over by the Taj Group of hotels and converted into a heritage hotel.
The book ‘The God of Small Things’ by Arundhati Roy is set in the backdrops of Aymanam village near Kumarakom. The book’s popularity has accentuated tourism here.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the banks of the Vembanattu Kayal or Vembanad Lake and is spread across about 14 acres. This favourite haunt of many migratory birds is an ornithologist's paradise. The sanctuary is set within the lush green forests of Pathiramanal - an island in the lake, accessible by boat. A cruise on a canoe or houseboat along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to explore beautiful bird sanctuary.
The Kumarakom boat-race held on month of September every year during Onam feastival with more than 1000 oarsmen in boats of different sizes and shapes participating. Even though Snake Boats participate in this race, the importance is given here is for iruttukuthi, in which about 50 oarsmen row.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
KOCHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 57 Km 01H 02m
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 176 Km 02H 54m
Cochin Harbour Terminus
Kottayam 14 Km 00H 18m
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Vembanad lake is the one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia and is the focal point of famous backwaters of Kerela.
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The water locked Alappuzha, formerly known as Alleppey is part of the famous backwater country - a captivating natural scenery of interconnecting, labyrinthine canals, lagoons, lakes and endlessly beautiful Arabian sea shoreline.
63 Km 01H 07m
Kochi or the erstwhile Cochin is a melting pot of culture from as far as Arabia, China, Portugal, the Netherlands and Britain. A bustling port city enriched with multi ethnic inhabitants and culture, is made up of small islands connected by the backwaters and canals, and a central commercial town with an old Portuguese fort standing tall over the Arabian sea.
89 Km 01H 36m
Lying along the coastal area of the Arabian sea on the Vypin island 35 KM from Cochi, Cherai is one of the most scenic beaches in Kerela. It is a unique place, where one can experience the backwaters and the blue ocean separated only by a few hundred meters.
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Summer 24 °C 36 °C
Winter 20 °C 32 °C
Kumarakom enjoys a well-balanced tropical climate. Even the warmest months are significantly cooler in the evenings. Many migratory birds can be spotted here during the post monsoon season at the Kumarakom bird sanctuary.
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