travel information, Kerala
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 favorite 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.
Being situated very
close to the sea, Kumarakom has a moderate climate, with heavy rains during
June-August due to the southwest monsoon. Winter starts from December
and continues till February in Kumarakom. In summer, the temperature in
Kumarakom rises to a maximum of 35°C and 25°C in the winters.
Annual average rainfall in Kumarakom is 310 cm.
Earlier an old rubber
plantation, Kumarakom was developed into a Bird Sanctuary. Kumarakom is
now a leisure retreat very popular with foreigners, who club a visit to
the sanctuary with a ride on Kerala's houseboats, known as Kettuvalloms.
An Englishman Henry Baker, fascinated by the beauty of Kumarakom, settled
here in the last century. He made Kumarakom his home buying 104 acres
of land from the
Water Bird Sanctuary
A 14-acre bird sanctuary
is situated on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake. The sanctuary adds
to the natural beauty of Kumarakom. Birds (waterfowl, water ducks, cuckoos,
wild ducks etc.) nest and spend happy summers here. Birds like Siberian
storks migrate here every year.
At the water-bird
sanctuary you can spot domestic birds like cuckoo, wild duck, egrets,
darters, herons, teal, and waterfowl as well as migratory birds like the
Siberian storks. Further ahead from Kumarakom you may visit the backwater
town of Kottayam. At Kottayam you must check out the rubber plantations
and the old churches.
The backwaters of
Kerala - endless miles of snaking waterways flanked on either side by
emerald palms. Tranquil and alluring, they offer you the experience of
a lifetime. While Kumarakom the boat races, houseboat cruise, canoeing
and fishing are something not to be missed. A stay at the houseboat, called
Kettuvallom is an unparalleled and unique experience. The scintillating
beauty of nature and the simplicity of the people will not fail to touch
you at Kumarakom
The Vembanad Lake
Kottayam is a vast
network of rivers and canals, which empty into the great expanse of water
called the Vembanad Lake. The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast
developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and
sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating.
Located 18 km from
Kottayam town, is this beautiful picnic spot where streams tinkle as they
make their way through the landscape and waters roar as they cascade down
the mountains from a height of 100 ft. Tourists can also enjoy the shade
of the rubber plantations here.
How to Reach
By Air: Kumarakom
is well linked by Air, Rail and Road network. The nearest Airport from
Kumarakom is the Cochin International Airport, which is 70 kms. Away from
the Muhamma boat jetty. The Trivandrum International Airport is 171 kms
away from Kumarakom.
By Road: Kottayam is 14 kilometer
from Kumarakom and both State highway and National Highway links Kumarakom
with the rest of the country.
By Rail: The
nearest Railway station from Kumarakom is at Kottayam and regular local
and express trains connect the city with rest of India.
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