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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.

Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala
Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala
5 out of 5
1/404 Kamarakom, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Kerala
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs8,600 per night from 30 Jul to 30 Jul
This family-friendly Kumarakom resort is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom Boat Jetty is ...
4.4/5Excellent! (111 reviews)
"It is a beautiful property, but kinda of outdated. Their evening program of music and dance is excellent. Their food and facilities are also very good. The staff was very helpful. They don’t serve free dinner, like other hotels nearby. Overall, we enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala
Kumarakom Lake Resort
Kumarakom Lake Resort
5 out of 5
The price is Rs16,981 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
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
KTDC Water Scapes
KTDC Water Scapes
3 out of 5
Situated on a lake, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Vembanad Lake and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Kumarakom Boat Jetty. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Kottayam Cheriyapally ...
3.6/5Good! (37 reviews)
Nice hotel..
"Food could have been better in terms choices quality and quantity"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2017

KTDC Water Scapes
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 25 Jul to 25 Jul
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 2.7 ...
Cosy Houseboats
Marvel Cruise
Marvel Cruise
3.5 out of 5
Marvel Jetty, AC Road, Pallathuruthy, Alappuzha, Kerala
The price is Rs13,025 per night from 31 Jul to 31 Jul
Located on a lake, this family-friendly houseboat is within 9 mi (15 km) of Alappuzha Beach, Vembanad Lake and Alleppey Lighthouse. Marari Beach and Kuttanad ...
3.7/5Good! (7 reviews)
Wonderful stay on the backwaters
"Loved my stay on Marvel. Did two nights and enjoyed every minute. The staff was wonderful, professional and kind. Food was amazing, especially the celebratory lunch that was served on my second day. Absolutely beautiful cruise - highly recommend this experience."

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2019

Marvel Cruise
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 25 Jul to 25 Jul
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 2.9 mi (4.7 km) ...
Beachparadise Daycruise houseboat
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