Kumarakom is one of the most popular tourist destinations, located at the distance of 16 km from the city of Kottayam, in the beautiful state of Kerala. This place is renowned for its backwater tourism. Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake, which is the largest fresh water lake in the entire region of Kerala.
The bird sanctuary located in Kumarakom is spread across 14 acres, which is a most preferred haunt of migratory birds and as well as for the ornithologist. Several species of gorgeous birds can be seen at this sanctuary including egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork. Kumarakom is also a home to wide range of glamorous flora and fauna.
Kumarakom is a fascinating backwater destination; it offers tourists many other luxury options like boating and fishing facilities etc. These options are available at the Taj Garden Retreat, an extensive old bungalow which has now been turned into an exotic resort.
This attractive island has copious small fishing skiffs right through the town. As the place is surrounded by both salt water and fresh water, there are numerous varieties of fish found over here. The waters surrounding the island offers excellent marine and fresh water fish including karimeen, shrimp, prawns which makes it a perfect place to taste the luscious variety of sea foods.
Best Time to Visit Kumarakom-
The best time to visit Kumarakom is during the months of September to March. During this time the place attracts numerous numbers of tourists as it offers an ideal climate for sightseeing, exploring the stunning flora and fauna and other tourist activities. During the monsoon season, backwater cruise is not permitted and outdoor activities are not possible at this time. However the place offers attractive greenery and it is an ideal time for the nature lovers to wonder around. Post monsoon, the bird sanctuary also attracts many tourists as during this season many migratory birds are spotted over here.
Here is a list of some of best places to visit in Kumarakom-
Vembanad Lake: It is one of the largest lakes in India and the largest one in Kerala. It is called by different names in different places like Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad and Kochi Lake in Kochi. Vembanad Lake is divided into two zones, the salt water zone and freshwater zone. The renowned Nehru Trophy Race is celebrated yearly in the Kuttanad region.
The lake is an ideal tourist spot as it constitutes varied species of fishes, shrimps, crabs, squid, prawns, birds, animals, reptiles and plants.
Kumarakom Backwaters: The backwaters of Kumarakom are a chief sightseeing destination. Through rented houseboat cruise you can experience the scenic canals, lagoons, lakes and aquatic life of the region. These houseboats are equipped with all the modern amenities and you will have a luxury time while cruising through the backwaters.
Juma Masjid: Juma Masjid is situated at a distance of 12 km from Kumarakom. It is renowned as Thazhathangadi Mosque. It is more than 1000 years old and is one of the oldest mosques in the country.
There are several other tourist destinations in Kumarakom which can be visited during your tour of this place.