Kumarakom is a breezy backwater fishing village on the shores of the Vembanad backwaters which is spread over four districts of central Kerala. A clear reflection of the term “Gods own country” is what Kumarakom is all about. The country side ambiance and the closeness to the nature bodies make it a place away from the busy world. This farming village has very fertile land and is a center of farming and livestock. Even though Kumarakom is an artificial extension of land to the backwaters, no one would feel it that way. The combination of canals streams and bunds make it ideal for houseboat cruising and fishing. Here you can find coir factories where coir is derived from the coconuts outer cover. Toddy, a naturally brewed alcoholic beverage from the coconut tree is common here and you can find a lot of toddy shops. Kumarakom has some of the top end accommodation options.
Kumarakom bird sanctuary
Bird sanctuary at Kumarakom is a creation of an Englishman named Henry Baker. He started farming by extending land into the backwaters. He had kept around 15 acres of land near his rubber plantations for birds. Today it is a nationally recognized bird sanctuary. It’s a must visit place for bird watchers and one has to catch a boat to visit this sanctuary.
Kumarakom is also a hub for houseboats where you can hire a houseboat and explore the backwaters and stay overnight with all the food served on board. Staying in the ‘Kettuvallom’ is a thrilling experience. It’s all managed by local people and an interaction with the local people is possible.
An option to go around villages, shop crafts, participates in spinning coir, navigate a houseboat, help fishing, control the duck, and row a country boat. This is all possible in Kumarakom. Witnessing the real village lifestyle is altogether an exciting experience. You almost are one among the villagers for some time and you can directly buy things from the villagers. Kumarakom is the first destination in Kerala which has implemented responsible tourism.
The Vembanad Lake is the longest lake in Kerala and also one of the largest lakes in India. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is on the eastern side of the lake. Vembanad Lake has the saltwater region and freshwater region.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
It displays the art of the sea near Kumarakom jetty. The driftwood pieces were carved into various shapes by Raji Punnoose. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Map of Kumarakom
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