The Ultimate Guide to Kumarakom, Kerala

Kerala, and specifically, Kumarakom is an ideal getaway if you are looking to de-stress and unwind in the midst of nature. You must certainly try a Vembanad lake resort Kumarakom is home to, for a blissful holiday.

Of a bird sanctuary and a lake: Kumarakom is located on the banks of Lake Vembanad, which is the largest lake in Kerala and a significant wetland ecosystem. It is an island surrounded by a rich carpet of greenery and the backwaters add to its beauty. Kumarakom is also home to a rich variety of bird species. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is home to a large number of migratory birds such as Siberian cranes, egrets, kingfishers and water foul. The bird sanctuary was earlier called Baker’s Estate, named after an Englishman. The sanctuary was an erstwhile rubber plantation.

The Lake is also home to many kinds of fish, largely freshwater species. The famed ‘pearl spot’ is a favourite among the locals. It is called the karimeen, and many a delicacy is cooked out of it.

Luxurious stay at a resort: If you stay in a Vembanad lake resort Kumarakom houses, you will be treated to a holiday of luxury and relaxation. Your room, suite or cottage will open up to wonderful vistas of the blue lake, the reflection of coconut trees on the waters of the lake, and the blue skies. With silence all around, you can hear every bird chirruping or singing! Waking up to birdsong, and then tucking into a hearty breakfast sounds like a relaxing holiday, indeed.

Kumarakom is also famous for its variety of Ayurvedic therapies and massages. A good massage releases all the points of stress and knots and ensures good energy. Any Vembanad lake resort Kumarakom is home to is bound to include a spa and Ayurvedic treatment facility. Lot of Ayurveda spa resorts in Kumarakom are offering ayurvedic panchakarma & detoxification packages and other effective ayurveda treatments.

Boats and boat races: When you are in Kumarakom, don’t miss a relaxing boat ride in a ‘kettuvallam’, a typical Kerala-style boat. You can go on a ride to a nearby island called ‘Pathiramanal’ which is home to some of the most wonderful species of birds.

If you are particularly interested in watching the boat races that Kerala is famous for, you should head to Kumarakom around the time of Onam, the festive season. Onam is a riot of colour, flowers, good food and music. The boat race held here around the time is a photographer’s delight, what with the boats decked in all finery!

Getting there, when and how… Getting to Kumarakom is hardly an issue. You can take a flight to Cochin, which is well-connected to all the important cities. Kumarakom is about 80 km from the airport. It is also connected to Cochin by road and train.

You can visit Kumarakom at any time of the year, but if you love the monsoons and want to capture its beauty, you should head there during June-July. The festive time is Onam, which is usually held in mid-September, but it could vary according to the traditional calendar. If you head there in the summer, you should carry lots of sunblock, shades and keep yourself hydrated because it can get warm and humid.

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