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Kumarakom
Travel Guide

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary featuring a river or creek as well as an individual male

Situated on the banks of the largest lake in the state of Kerala, this island village is best known as a jumping off point for backwater cruises. 

Kumarakom is a collection of small islands on the eastern banks of Vembanad Lake. The backwater destination features lagoons, coves and a labyrinth of canals among a landscape of mangrove forests and coconut palms.

Explore the waterways on a houseboat cruise. Rent your vessel for a day or for several nights. Make sure you select a boat with a good on-board chef who can cook delicious local specialties for you.

There are various cruise routes through the waterways. A popular course takes you from Kumarakom to the town of Alleppey, known as the Venice of the East for its numerous canals. Along the way, you will pass several luxury lakeside resorts.

Fishing is not only important for the livelihood of the locals, but it’s also a popular pastime. Rent a small boat, called a vallam, and try your luck on the lake. You can fish with nets, a rod or a bow and arrow. Most of the fishing takes place at night and your catch could include clams, shrimps and karimeen.

Try and coincide your visit with one of boat races that feature many of the locals. The contests are accompanied by processions and musical performances. One of the biggest is the Sree Narayana Jayanthi Boat Race that takes place in August/September.

There are also a number of attractions away from the water. Walk among wildlife at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which occupies 14 acres (6 hectares) on the banks of the lake. See waterfowl, parrots, larks and migratory birds from the Himalayas and Siberia. Stop by the Bay Island Driftwood Museum to see wood fashioned into animal shapes and unusual forms. Visit some of Kumarakom’s temples such as Sree Kumara Mangalam Temple and Puthiyakavu Devi Temple.

Reach Kumarakom by flying into Cochin International Airport and then drive or take a taxi to cover the 48 miles (77 kilometers) to the islands. A fun way to get in is to rent a houseboat at Alleppey and then travel across Vembanad Lake.

Coconut Lagoon-Cgh Earth
Coconut Lagoon-Cgh Earth
4.5 out of 5
Kumarakom, Kottayam District, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala
The price is Rs8,579 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

This family-friendly Kumarakom hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Kumarakom Boat Jetty and Thirunakkara ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (47 reviews)

"Staff were excellent, eco-friendly, seafood resto was fabulous as wash the row in chai time!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020

Coconut Lagoon-Cgh Earth
Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond
Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond
5 out of 5
Pallichira, Vayitharamattom, Kumarakom, Kerala
The price is Rs9,250 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr

This family-friendly Kumarakom resort is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Boat Jetty. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is 1.9 mi ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"Perfect relaxing stay, private pool was lovely overlooking the lake, wonderful staff. Tastefully done rooms and hotel premises. Recommended!"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2021

Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond
Kumarakom Lake Resort
Kumarakom Lake Resort
5 out of 5
The price is Rs17,500 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

This family-friendly Kumarakom resort is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Kumarakom Boat Jetty. Kottayam ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (93 reviews)

"The locaiton wad amazing and had a antique Kerala touch"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

Kumarakom Lake Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cosy Houseboats
Cosy Houseboats
3 out of 5
Finishing Point Road, Alleppey, Alappuzha, Kerala
The price is Rs5,152 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Located in the heart of Alappuzha, this houseboat is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Vembanad Lake and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Alappuzha Beach. Alleppey Lighthouse is 2.8 ...

Cosy Houseboats
Beachparadise  Daycruise houseboat
Beachparadise Daycruise houseboat
3 out of 5
North of Finishing Point, Kayalkurusady, Alappuzha, Kerala
The price is Rs5,882 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Situated in Alappuzha, this houseboat is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Vembanad Lake and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Alappuzha Beach. Alleppey Lighthouse is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...

Beachparadise Daycruise houseboat
Sreekrishna Houseboats
Sreekrishna Houseboats
3 out of 5
Punnamada road, Alappuzha, Kerala
The price is Rs4,878 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Situated in the business district, this spa houseboat is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Vembanad Lake and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Alappuzha Beach. Alleppey Lighthouse is 3 ...

3.2/5 (5 reviews)

"Boat Captain was so polite and well behaved. He know when to interact with the occupant and not. Food items prepared by the cook was so amazing that my children started to love Vegetarian. He prepared a fabulous Curry Meen fry and chicken curry during the trip. An important thing i want to share ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2019

Sreekrishna Houseboats
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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3 Feb 2020

The hotel definately was the best part of our trip.

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1 Jun 2019

A beautiful, serene place in Kerala with very friendly villagers and lush greenery everywhere. The backwaters are especially enchanting and the local food is great.

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29 Apr 2019

We need our 50% room tariff , just spoke with the property and do the necessary steps for refund

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23 Apr 2019

My only tip is make it a loooong holoday. The resort is so awesome u won't feel like leaving.

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