A unique destination in every word of it, Kumarakom is one of those few destinations where nothing but boats are the main source of commute. A breathtaking location on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the place attracts thousands of tourists every year for its sheer beauty presenting perfect escape in the lap of nature with pleasant weather, cozy houseboats and exotic flora and fauna.
The place derives its name from their local revered deity, Lord Kumaran. It is a paradise for bird watchers and is one of the main attractions responsible for the booming tourism industry in Kerala. The place gives you a peek into the idyllic, rural settings comprising of lush green mangrove forests, vast paddy fields and serene sea shores.
There are a number of other attractions while you’re visiting Kumarakom including Kottayam, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls and Pathiramanal, Kumarakom beach and Bay Island Driftwood Museum among others. These attractions have won this island the title of one of the best exotic destinations in Kerala which is still uncorrupted by commercialisation. The adjacent lake Vembanad is easily one of the longest lakes in India and is a fascinating ride with its subsequent two divisions of fresh water and saltwater.
The island is easily connected by railways as well as flight via Kottayam and Cochin respectively. The place also makes for good shopping destination with a string of artifacts and handicrafts available for souvenirs and otherwise. Some of the popular articles include wood carvings, cane furnitures, metal ware, camel bone carvings, grass mats and hand-woven textiles among others.