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State: Kerala
District: Kottayam
Famous for/as: Backwaters, Ayurveda
Languages: Malayalam, English
Best Season: Sept - March
Weather: Summer 20 to 37°C, Winter 18 to 32°C
Altitude: 1600 m
Pincode: 686xxx
STD code: 0481
Yet another jewel in the crown of God's Own Country - Kerala, is the pristine, tropical city of Kumarakom. This cluster of small picturesque islands around the Vembanad Lake, with its beautiful landscapes & scenic environs is a perfect holiday spot.

This small town was established by the Indian government as a part of its special preservation effort. The soil found in the region is fertile, the numerous paddy fields, mangrove forests, and coconut groves found stand testimony. The lush greenery is an amazing sight and is a treat for the eyes. The island is popular among honeymooners looking for peace & solitude.

Thousands of migratory birds flock to this area every year. Bird watchers flock here each year to catch a glimpse of the various birds visiting the island.

This beautiful island has numerous small fishing skiffs throughout the town. With both salt water and fresh water surrounding Kumarakom, there are several varieties of fish found here. Excellent marine and freshwater fish including tasty karimeen (also known as pearl spotted fish), shrimp, and prawns are available in the area making it perfect to enjoy a lip smacking sea food platter when on honeymoon in Kerala

Experience the backwaters and rejuvenate your senses with an ayurvedic massage which is popular in the region. You can also include Munnar tour packages when holidaysing in Kumarakom.
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A Quick Trip to Kumarakom

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Oct 07, 2011
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a tiny settlement comprising of several islets that lie on the banks of the lake. Today, the place is one of the major travel destinations in Kerala.

Wildlife in Kerala

  by Afia Ahmad  on Dec 24, 2010
The beautiful state of Kerala is blessed with exotic jungles turned into wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that foster some of the best species in the world. Plan a wildlife tour of Kerala and explore some of the great wildlife hubs

Backwaters in Kerala

  by Afia Ahmad  on Dec 23, 2010
The most popular attraction of Kerala, backwaters is a must visit. The various popular backwater destinations in Kerala are sure to entice the tourists and give them beautiful memories that they will cherish forever.


This leisure town of Kerala is said to have been an old rubber plantation ground which was later developed as a bird sanctuary. As far as history is concerned, Kumarakom does not have too much to talk about.

The latest documentation of the city can be dated back to 1878, when George Alfred Baker, got extremely pleased with the serene location and planned to build a home here. Since then, the British have been predominantly settled in Kumarakom.

In 1956, Kumatakom was declared to be a part of the freshly formed Kerala.

Travel within city

Kumarakom is a tourist destination in Kerala and the village is located in the back waters. Due to the proximity to the back waters most of the local transport is done by boats and catamarans using various interconnected waterways in the area. Another option also includes local buses that ply from town to town and they pass through the main areas of the city. The closest railway station is at Kottayam, which is located about 16 km away from the village. There are cab operators in Kottayam that ply regular services to the backwaters.


Some of the cab operators are Shankar Taxis, Phone No-0484 2361334

Kerala Taxi Cabs, Phone No-098 09884184
Broadway Travels, Phone No-0484 2360074


The closest airport is at Cochin and Trivandrum. Bus services are available from both the cities and many local cab operators also offer shuttle services.


Hiring boats and steamers are the best option for local travel and they are available extensively through the rivers. Many hotels also offer boats for hire. However, it may be advisable to book in advance. House boats are also available, which charges around Rs 2,000 to 3,000 a day depending on the size of the boat.


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