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Kumarakom

Across the great lake Vembanad, lies this quieter cousin of Alleppey. Complete with quaint villages on the shore, backwater channels, paddy fields and abundant greenery make Kumarakom a world away from bright city lights and traffic jams. Take a trip on a country boat across the criss-crossing canals watching life gently unfold on the shores.

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Things to do

House boat day cruise at Kumarakom - Backwater cruises are synonymous to 'God's own country', so much so that the first image that comes up in your mind when you think 'Kerala' is probably a houseboat. The extensive backwater system here, complete with large channels flanked by coconut palms and villages on either side, are unique to just this part of the world.

Cycling tour along back water - This bicycle trip is a good way to experience the remnants of an urban-village life by the enthralling backwaters of Vechoor. Our lead instructor guides you through the narrow passages that run in parallel to the small backwater canals that lead to lake Vembanad. Paddy fields and shrimp/fish farms dot the shoreline here as you make your way through the Vechoor village.

Ayurvedic massage - No visit to Kerala is ever complete without experiencing world's oldest healthcare option, 'ayurveda'. Choose your time slot and head over to the Ayurvedic Centre of your hotel for a uniquerejuvenating massage in medicinal oil. Make sure you rehydrate well after this massage as well.

Related Trips

  • On the other side of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom shows you the authentic backwater culture of Kerala. The villages on either side of the backwater still preserve the Malayali way of life. Do not miss out the exciting Kumarakom Boat Race if you visit during the Onam season.

    5 Days | INR 21,034 per person
  • Want more dare?Go kayaking or stand-up paddling to explore the backwaters. Hop on a mountain bike and ride the thrill ofnarrow roads and single-track wooden bridges. Trek to Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, a beautiful cascade set amidst rubber plantations. Orgo water-skiing, wind-surfing, or parasailing at Kumarakom beach.

    4 Days | INR 18,978 per person
  • What is more relaxing but a cruise on the backwaters in a houseboat. A treat for the eyes, and the mind, the boat ride also acquaints you with the rustic life of the region, and some yummy local delicacies too.

    5 Days | INR 32,584 per person
  • Think Kerala backwaters, think Kumarakom, an archipelago of islands on the Vembanad Lake. The array of coconut trees that line these islands, the paddy fields, the mangrove forests, and the waterways garlanded with white lilies, all make this exotic backwater village a tourist haven. A stopover at local toddy shops for some fiery cuisine is highly recommended.

    5 Days | INR 32,584 per person
  • The areas around Kumarakom are a favourite amongst birds, both indigenous and migratory. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and the Pathiramanal Island, are the main spots where these birds are to be found.

    3 Days | INR 12,933 per person

Best time to visit September to March

For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.

Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.

Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.

Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.

How to reach

Air

  • The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport (CIAL) approximately 70 km away. You can reach Cochin International Airport from most of the metro cities in India as well as some International cities. Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, and Kingfisher operate daily flights to Kochi. You can take Bus/Pre-paid taxi from Cochin Airport to reach Kumarakom.

Rail

  • Kottayam is the nearest railhead which about 15 km away from Kumarakom. Kottayam is well-connected by rail to various destinations such as Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kochi.

Road

  • From Bengaluru you can drive down Kochi on the NH47 (Salem-Kanyakumari) till Cherthala.Take the state highway 40 to Kottayam and then the Kottayam-Kumarakom route. Kumarakom is well serviced by KSRTC buses from Kottayam, and Kottayam itself is then connected to Ernakulam, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram. You will find private/government buses operating regularly between Kottayam and several south Indian cities, including Chennai, Mangalore, Bengaluru, and Thiruvananthapuram.

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