Kumarakom

Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east, and the Vembanad Lake and the paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kumarakom is a land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, extensive rubber plantations and a totally literate people have given this district the enviable title: The land of letters, latex and lakes. Kumarakom is the ideal take-off point for visits to Peermade, Munnar, Idukki, Thekkady, Ernakulam and the temple city of Madurai.

Kumarakom General Information

Area 15.54 sq. km
Population 18,20,000
Altitude Sea level
District Kottayam
Area 15.54 sq km
Temperature Max 35oC, Min 22oC
Season September to May
Rainfall 254cm
Coordinates 9.35 N 76.26 E
Language Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi & English

How to get there

By Air
Nearest Airport is Cochin 76 km.

By Rail
Kumarakom is well connected by rail with other cities in India.

By Road
Kumarakom is connected by road with all-important cities in South India. It is

  • 76 km from Cochin,
  • 248 km from Madurai
  • 122 km from Thekkady
  • 180 km from Trivandrum.
  • 35 km Alleppey
  • 190 Km Trivandrum
  • 160 Km Munnar

The Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom

Kumarakom 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. The Kumarakom Tourist Village offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages.

Kumarakom Tourist Village

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.

Pathiramanal

There is a small island, Pathiramanal or Midnight Sands which is worth a visit for its natural beauty.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread over 14-acres and is a favourite haunt of migratory and other water birds.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, 2 Km down a mud lane is known for its beautiful landscape and cascading falls. Kottayam, 16 Km away is famous for its churches and rubber plantations.

Excursions

Alleppey

The beautiful coastal town of Alleppey lies near to Kumarakom. The presence of a number of canals, bridges and silver beaches makes Alleppey an ideal spot for holidaying. The popular Nehru Trophy boat race is also held in Alleppey in the months of August-September. Boat house cruises on the backwaters also attract a lot of tourists to Alleppey.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Periyar wildlife sanctuary is another great excursion option from Kumarakom. Spread in an area of 777 Sq Kms, the wildlife sanctuary is known for its diverse flora and fauna. Though a tiger reserve, the sanctuary is more popular for elephants. Elephant rides inside the sanctuary add a lot of thrill to the visit.

Kumily

Kumily would be the best choice for shopping. A small town near to Kumarakom, Kumily has emerged as a major shopping destination and spice trade centre in recent times. The coffee plantations of Kumily add to the beauty of its landscape.

Shopping

Shopping in Kumarakom include metal-ware, camel-bone carvings, wood carvings, articles made of coconut shell, bamboo and cane, embroidered screw-pine (pandanas palm) mats, grass mats, and various other types of handicrafts items. The people of Kerala are wonderful artisans and all these finely crafted items are much sought after by tourists visiting Kumarakom.

Shopping in Kumarakom can also include various antique items, jewelry, readymade garments, and ethnic hand-woven textiles, which are also easily available in the local markets.

You will also find various gift items typical of the state of Kerala during shopping in Kumarakom. These can range from products as diverse as lampshades and fashion accessories like earrings, to brass lamps, 'kathakali' masks and so on.