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Kmarakom

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Overview
Kumarakom: The Charismatic Emerald Peninsula

Inaudibly snuggled at the backdrop of Vembanad Lake in Kerala's Kuttanad region, Kumarakom is a haven for backwater tourism in India. The luscious flowery landscapes, multi-coloured birds species, intricate network of lagoons and silently sailing houseboats- all that Kumarakom offers. The shimmering backwaters are also embroidered with coconut palms and mangrove forests.

Also called as the ornithologist's paradise, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a hotspot for innumerable species of migratory birds, like Siberian Stork, water fowls, herons, teals, darters and egrets. One can also breathe in the beautiful panoramic view of these backwaters through the tantalising journeys by houseboats. One can also be amazed at the rich variety of canoes, boats and country crafts here.

Following are the main attractions in Kumarakom:

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: It is also called as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary. Initially, it was also called as the Baker's Estate. It is nestled on the Kavanar River. Few of the easily spotted birds at this sanctuary include cormorant, heron, egret, owl, cuckoo and Siberian crane.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls: Definitely a tantalising feast for the eyes, the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls have evolved as a beautiful location for shooting films and enjoying for picnic. Nestled amidst the rubber plantations, it is also an ideal trekking location. Its also an exuberance in itself to visit the St. Mary's Church, located on the top of the waterfalls.

KovalamThe Juma Masjid: Located in the Kottayam town, presumably the history of this mosque dates back to 1000 years. The River Meenachil embroidering the mosque further purifies the aura. It is also believed that this mosque was utilised for cremation purposes. The members of Juma Masjid played a pivotal role during the freedom struggle.

Vembanad Lake: This fresh water lake embraces clusters of different islands, which mostly make Kumarakom. In addition, it is called as the largest lake in Kerala and the longest lake in India. In Kuttanad, it is called as the Punnamada Lake.

Cheriyapally: Typically signifying a 'small church', it is also known as St. Mary's Church. Along with its interesting name, it is also revered as one of the most stunning churches present in Kumarakom. The Portuguese had built it in 1579.

 

Excursion from Kumarakom: Intrepid travellers can further explore the beauty of Kerala's vistas by touring off to Kallara (17 km), Alleppey ( 33 km), Cochin( 53 km) Thekkady ( 127 km), Munnar ( 149 km) Theand Kovalam ( 175 km).

Shopping in Kumarakom: Ethnic hand-woven fabrics, ready-made garments, jewellery items, antique pieces and aromatic spices are the speciality of Kumarakom.

 

KovalamWhen to Visit: It is advisable to visit Kumarakom during September to March. The house boating options are not available during the monsoons.

 

How to Visit:
Air: The Cochin Airport is the nearest airport from Kumarakom, located 53 km away.
Rail: The Kottayam Railway Line is the closest to Kumarakom. It is well connected with other rail routes of Kerala and India.
Road: Regular bus services are available from Coimbatore, Mangalore, Bengaluru and Chennai for Kottayam.



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