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.
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
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.
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.
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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