Kumarakom is a beautiful town located on the shores of Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in Kerala. Set against the backdrop of the alluring Kerala backwaters, Kumarakom is a traveler’s favourite choice for a relaxing and enriching holiday experience. Kumarakom is the first region in India to implement ‘Responsible Tourism,’ which integrates the development of the locals and the hospitality industry. Kumarakom has been declared to be a Special Tourism Zone by the government of Kerala. Kumarakom is well connected by rail, road, and air; Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, while Kottayam Railway Station is the closest railway station.
Major Attractions :
● Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary- Spread across 14 acres of thick forest land, this bird sanctuary houses stunning local and exotic birds. You can take a two hour long canoe boat ride or walk along the forest trails to spot birds such as heron, darters, storks, etc. During November to February, the place is abuzz with migratory birds.
● Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls- This picturesque waterfall is located 18 km from Kottayam town and 2 km down a mud lane from Kumarakom. This makes for a beautiful picnic spot.
● Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple- The temple is located in the centre of the city and is embellished with murals that depict Hindu epics. The ten day long festival Arattu*, is celebrated with grandeur between March and April.
When To Visit :
The best time to visit Kumarakom is during the winter season, from November to February, as the temperature does not rise above 18 degrees. It is an ideal time for sightseeing and houseboat rides. March to May marks the onset of summer and the temperature rises up to 37 degrees. You can enjoy cheaper hotel rates at this time of the year. The monsoon season, between June and September, is a good time to admire lush green surroundings, and houseboat rides are also available at this time.
Indian Terms Explained :
Arattu* - The annual 10 day long festival at Thirunakkara Temple draws to a close with the Arattu festival.