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KumarakomIndia

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.

Top hotels in Kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon-Cgh Earth
Coconut Lagoon-Cgh Earth
4.5 out of 5
Kumarakom, Kottayam District, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala
The price is Rs8,687 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

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
Kumarakom Lake Resort
Kumarakom Lake Resort
5 out of 5
The price is Rs17,500 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

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
Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala
Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala
5 out of 5
1/404 Kamarakom, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Kerala
The price is Rs9,700 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

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
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Kumarakom

Houseboat Cruise in the Backwaters of Kerala
Houseboat Cruise in the Backwaters of Kerala
2.5 out of 5
The price is Rs16,328 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb

Situated in Kumarakom, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kumarakom Boat Jetty and Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Kottayam Cheriyapally ...

Houseboat Cruise in the Backwaters of Kerala
My Trip Houseboat
My Trip Houseboat
3 out of 5
Chungam Kannitta Road, Alappuzha, Kerala

Situated in Alappuzha, this houseboat is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from Alappuzha Beach and within 12 miles (20 km) of Alleppey Lighthouse and Marari Beach. Vembanad Lake ...

My Trip Houseboat
Sreekrishna Houseboats
Sreekrishna Houseboats
3 out of 5
Punnamada road, Alappuzha, Kerala
The price is Rs3,984 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

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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Reviews of Kumarakom

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5/5 - Excellent

NT

3 Feb 2020

The hotel definately was the best part of our trip.

5/5 - Excellent

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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.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

29 Apr 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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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