and It’s Colonial Legacy
In the 19th
Century, a British Missionary, George Baker, cleared some of the marshland on
the banks of the Vembanad Lake and settled there. Today, his house is a five star
hotel in this small paradise.
now an endless vista of blue waters, verdant meadows, paddy fields, coconut
groves and mangrove forests. The Vembanad Lake is the largest freshwater lake
in Kerala and Kumarakom is a small cluster of islands on the banks of this
large lake which borders Allepey, Kottayam and Ernakulam and is a popular place to holiday in Kerala.
relies mainly on fishing, agriculture and tourism. The crisscrossing waterways
and canals which irrigate the farms and the backwaters that are covered with hyacinths
provide an enchanting spectacle, ideal for tourists to experience.
sanctuary in Kumarakom attracts a lot of migratory avian species and the
backwaters, teeming with fish like shrimps and prawns, is a paradise for birds.
The sanctuary provides a haven for birds like the Siberian Crane, waterfowl,
egret, cormorant and moor hen.
Stay in the Houseboats and Resorts
an ideal place for a vacation spent on a houseboat. In fact, houseboat
vacations are a specialty here and there are many kinds of houseboats
exclusively for tourists. Traditional boats like rice barges are converted into
luxury floating hotels, and tourists can enjoy the enchanting beauty of
Kumarakom and the Vembanad Lake, cruising down the backwaters on one of these on your trip to South India.
also several resorts in Kumarakom, on the banks of the lake which also offer activities like
boating, yachting and fishing. A canoe ride from one of these resorts can take
you to the bird sanctuary, and this will be an amazing experience.
Popular Boat Races
like Allepey, also plays host to boat races during the Onam celebrations. The
biggest canal here that hosts these boat races becomes a vibrant setting for
the regatta of the snake boats or Chundan Vallams that take part in these
races. Tourists often throng to visit these races, and even locals turn up in
huge numbers to witness the spectacle on your Kumarakom tour packages.
now a Special Tourism Zone and so, it is well connected by trains to Cochin,
Kottayam and other major cities. Cochin is the nearest airport. Kumarakom is
also well connected through waterways to Cochin, Allepey, Kottayam and other
backwater destinations on trip to Kerala.
The best time
to visit this place would be during the Onam celebrations. The boat races held
in various parts of Kerala during this time attract a lot of tourists. The main
boat races are held in nearby Allepey and Kumarakom also plays host to its own
boat race. If you plan your trip to Kumarakom well, you’ll have a chance to
catch a glimpse of everything that matters.