On the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake, 14 km from Kottayam, lies Kumarakom a small-town. The most interesting area in the backwaters is the "Kuttanad region" called the rice bowl of Kerala. Kumarakom is just one little village in this region on the banks of the beautiful Vembanad Lake.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary in Kumarakom is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live in flocks, in Kumarakom, are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available in Kumarakom.
Located near a bird sanctuary, on the edge of the Vembanad lake and along the backwater cruising route, lies Kumarakom, a typical Kerala village.
Why Kumarakom? one might ask, when wishing to plan a village trip. The answer lies in its attractive location, on the edge of the massive Vembanad lake, 15 km from Kottayam. And not just that, for Kumarakom is ideally situated on the backwater cruising route with a bird sanctuary.
Nearby Kottayam is one of the main centres of the Syrian Catholic church and has been, for a long time, the commercial focus for trade in rubber, tea and spices.
The traditional tharawad style of housing has been adapted to a resort run by a group from Kochi, on the edge of the water. Transportation is arranged on both manually-operated and motorised boats. There is a profusion of coconut all around.
A gentle trip on a traditional rice boat is a must along the numerous inter-connected canals. En route, one may stop and come ashore to see village residents working on coir, fish-processing or exchanging views over a cup of coffee at the little shops that dot the canals. Here lies the best opportunity to mingle with the village folk of Kerala where some of the original mangrove swamps are still intact. One may set the pace to suit the time available or the need to stop when the sun is strong. Ideally, one may come ashore from the boat and walk around the village waterside where the local residents will happily interrupt work to explain the intricacies of their daily round. The more enterprising may even glide up a coconut tree and dislodge fresh fruit for on-the-spot sampling Above all, the languid pace in the backwaters, coupled with lush greenery all around, sets the perfect mood for a destressed return to nature.
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Located on the eastern side of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary stretches over an area of 14 acre land.
The sanctuary is home to a large variety of birds, of different species, and also provides shelter to migratory birds, such as Siberian storks.
It gives an impetus to the beauty of Kumarakom
Kumarakom backwater cruises are a unique experience, which would leave a person thrilled and overjoyed. The tranquility of the waters and the freshness of the greenery around would give a lasting impression in the minds of the visitors.
The place offers a lot in terms of boat races, houseboat cruise, canoeing and fishing - something which you cannot afford to miss once you are here.
Vembanad Lake offers an enchanting experience to the tourists. The lake is the best picnic spot, where you can relax your mind and body. While the water gives the place a cooling effect, trees and shrubs act as a respite to the parched eyes.
The lake is an excellent family-picnic destination too. While seniors can laze around the lake reading a book or talking, youngsters can opt for fishing and boating.
Nature seems to be at its best in Kumarakom. Apart from tranquility of the lake and chirpiness of the birds, the place also offers its tourist an opportunity to view a waterfall.
Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls are located 18 km from Kottayam town and are an absolute delight to watch, as water tinkles from the height of 100 feet to the ground.
Located near Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal is also called 'Sands of Night'. It is a small island that is easily reachable using the water route.
The journey to reach the island is an exhilarating one. Both sides of the lake have breath-taking beauty that would remain etched in the mind of the tourists. The island is home to some rare varieties of migratory birds, serving as a bird watcher's paradise.