State : Kerala
On the shores of the tranquil Vembanad lake, 14 km from Kottayam,
lies Kumarakom a little picturesque town in the state of Kerala.
The little village of Kumarakom consists of cluster of little islands
on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. Formerly
an old rubber plantation, Kumarakom has now grown up as a bird sanctuary.
Ornithologist's paradise, Kumarakom is now a leisure haunt, very
popular with domestic as well as foreign tourists. An enchanting
backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure
options like - boating and fishing, very popular with the visitors.
The beauty of nature amidst spectacular mangrove forests, coconut
canopies and pulsating paddy fields peppered with enchanting waterways
and canals decked with wild lilies, adds to the beauty of its surroundings.
Kumarakom is the place for the people looking for a lazy and laid
Way back in 1878, the swampy mangroves on the banks of the Vembanad
Lake were cleared and the entire area was brought under coconut
plantation. The man behind the operation was one George Alfred Baker
son of Henry Baker of Essex who had come to India sixty years earlier
to take up missionary work in Kottayam in the kingdom of Travancore.
The Englishman was so fascinated by the beauty of Kumarakom that
he settled here and made Kumarakom his home. Henry and his wife,
Amelia, contributed greatly to the literacy that Kerala is so proud
of today. Later developed into a Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom is a
popular leisure retreat.
Place to See
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
This fabulous bird sanctuary is on the banks of the Vembanad lake
house. An ornithologist's delight, this place is the favourite haunt
of the migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron
Backwater in Kumarakom
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake. The
Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries
along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web.
Pay a visit to the picturesque Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls . It is this
beautiful picnic spot where streams tinkle as they make their way
through the landscape and waters roar as they cascade down the mountains
from a height of 100 ft.
Pathiramanal (sands of midnight)
This is an enchanting island on the lake, can be accessed by boat
from here. This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home to many
rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world.
How to Reach
: Nearest airport at Kochi at a distance of
106 km from Kumarakom (76 km from Kottayam). Prepaid taxis are available
to transfer you to Kumarakom.
: Nearest railhead at Kottayam which is 15
km away. Taxis are available from Kottayam for Kumarakom.
: Kumarakom is 15 km away from Kottayam which
also has the nearest KSRTC Bus Stand. Buses from here run to Kochi,
Trivandrum, Allepey, Thekkady, Thodupuzha, Kollam, Kozhikode and