The Houseboats of Kerala, popularly known as the Kettuvallams are the large floating formations with high load carrying capacity. Kumarakom Houseboat become a major sourse of attraction both for natioanl as well as International tourists visiting Kerala. A tour in the house boat will really take you to the height of enjoyment and ecstasy. It will be an unforgettable experience in your life. The slow movement of the house boats, the gentle touch of the sweet breeze from the cool backwaters all but mesmerizes you to an unmentionable excitement and happiness. It is an exotic feeling, so romantic, so thrilling, and so pulsating an experience it would be that you cannot but permit it never to be faded from your memory. The greenery, scenes of the villages, the boat jetties and passengers, the farmers and paddy fields, the coconut palms on either sides of the banks, all together make your trip most beautiful. On the whole you feel relaxed, calm and gentle as the backwaters.
Vembanad Lake an enchanting picnic spot and a fast growing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The Kumarakom Tourist Village offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the east coast of the lake
Kumarakom bird sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated at Kumarakom in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala, on the banks of Vembanad Lake . The main attractions in sanctuary local birds like waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron, cormorant, moorhen, darter, and brahminy kite, as well as the migratory Siberian crane. Parrot, teal, lark, flycatcher, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from SiberiaSet in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds.
Pathiramanal is one of the islands in Vembanad Lake. Pathiramanal means the sand of night. The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of the island is mind blowing.The 10 acre island houses an aquarium and a zoo. Some of the exotic types of migratory birds can be seen here. Since this island can be accessed only by boat.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
A museum to display a unique collection of superior quality driftwood sculptures of very high artistic value, prepared through a rare and innovative modern art form, Bay Island Driftwood Museum is located at the scenic village of Kumarakom. The driftwood articles are highly valued as modern art techniques have been used in their making. The sculptures found here are made of driftwood that were deposited on the shores of Andaman and Nicobar.
The Mosque is an ancient masjid that is over 1000 years old. It is said that the mosque was constructed by Malik Dinar’s. He was behind the introduction of Islam in Kerala. This is considered one of the oldest mosques in the country. The magnificent architecture and the exquisite wood carvings are stunning. The inner courtyard, windows and the bathing area are excellently built that they look royal.
How To Reach
Kumarakom does not have an airport, Cochin international airport is nearest one 75 kilometres from Cochin. This airport is well-connected with all major cities in India and abroad. The best way to get to Kumarakom from Cochin is by hiring a cab.
The nearest railway station to Kumarakom is in Kottayam and Alleppey, located 15 & 36 kilometres away. The railway stations is well-connected to major cities across India.
The most inexpensive way to get to Kumarakom from nearby cities like Cochin, Trivandrum and Kottayam are the government or private run buses. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses are available at regular intervals from Kottayam, Cochin and Alleppey to Kumarakom
- Thekkady: 125 km
- Alappuzha: 35 km
- Thiruvanthapuram: 160 km
- Kollam: 120 km
- Munnar: 150 km
- Cochin: 50 km