Kumarakom

Kumarakom is the best place in Kerala. It is famous for its natural beauty, greenery, tranquil environment in Kerala. It is declared as a special Tourism Zone by State government of Kerala. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region.

Location

Located just 16 km from Kottayam, Kumarakom is set on the banks of Lake Vembanad, the largest lake in the state of Kerala.

History

It is believed that Kumarakom derives its name from the person called Kumaran, who was a deity highly worshipped in the region. Kumarakom shot to fame in 1947when around 500 acres of its surrounding land was taken over by Alfred George Baker, a British farmer. Till date, he is given the credit of transforming the land and developing it as coconut plantations, and paddy fields.

Fairs and Festivals

Onam is one of the most famous festivals of the city. It falls in month of August-September. It is the harvest festival of Kerala.it synchronizes with tourist week celebration, which starts formally on the day of Atham asterism.Kumarakm Boat Race- one of the biggest extravaganza in Kerala, Kumarakom boat race is a major hit amongst locals as well as tourists. The festival involves snake boat race or chundanvalloms where the boat is rowed by several oarsmen. Organized in the month of August or September, the race has high-energy levels with music and songs.

Tourist Attractions

If your vacation is long pending and if you are craving to stretch and relax on your much awaited holiday, you need to be in Kumarakom.

Vembanad Lake- it is the largest lake in Kerala. It is India’s longest lake too as the vast expanse of water runs from Kochi in north to Alleppey in south. It is otherwise known as Vembanad Kayal. It invites migratory birds from all parts of the world.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls- the over 100 feet high water falls is a famous picnic spot. It falls in five steps and it is an ideal location to be photographed.

Kumarakom Backwaters- it is a scenic place where you can enjoy the bliss of nature. It is home to a wide range of plants and animals. The best way to enjoy the beauty of Kumarakom backwaters is to go on a houseboat that takes you through various canals, lakes and river around here.

Juma Masjid- Juma Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in India, popular for its brilliant architecture and wonder carvings. It is also known as Thazhathangadi Mosque.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary- it is the favourite spot for migratory birds from all parts of the world. It is spread in 14 acre, situated on banks of Vembanad Lake. There are number of birds which attract attention of visitors.

This place is also very famous for shopping. Tourist come here and buy famous things such as traditional saris, handmade jewellery, metal-ware, grass mats etc from market. Aromatic spices are also very famous of the city.

Best time to Visit

Best time to visit Kumarakom is from September to March as the weather is pleasant. This area has moderate climate which allows tourists to enjoy the natural ambience.

How to Reach

By Air- Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, which is 70 km away from the city. It is well connected with major cities of India as well as World.

By Rail- Kumarakom does not have a railway station. At the 16 km distance, Kottayam station is situated. Regular trains ply between this station and other important Indian cities.

By Road- a good network of roads connects Kumarakom to other nearby cities, town and villages. Kottayam is an important nearby destination, offering Kumarakom good connectivity.

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