a houseboat passing fishermen boats and a village in kumarakom backwaters

Kumarakom, Kerela, India


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Enchanting Backwaters

Kumarakom is a stunning backwater destination situated in the southern state of Kerala. Nestled on the shores of Vembanad Lake, this tranquil village is renowned for its lush green landscapes, serene backwaters, and rich cultural heritage.

It is celebrated for its enchanting backwaters, which include a network of canals, lagoons, and lakes. These waterways are best explored through traditional houseboat cruises, allowing visitors to soak in the natural beauty, witness local life, and enjoy a peaceful retreat on the water.

houseboats docked in the backwaters of kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a highlight for bird enthusiasts. It hosts a wide array of migratory and resident bird species, including herons, egrets, kingfishers, and cuckoos.

The annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held here in August, is a major attraction, drawing rowing enthusiasts and spectators from across the world.

Ayurveda and Rejuvenation

Kumarakom offers rejuvenation through Ayurvedic treatments and therapies. Many resorts and wellness centers in the area provide traditional Ayurvedic massages and holistic healing experiences, allowing visitors to unwind and rejuvenate.

a houseboat passing fishermen boats and a village in kumarakom backwaters

The best time to visit Kumarakom is during the winter months, from October to February. The weather is pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 20°C to 32°C (68°F to 90°F), making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Monsoon season, from June to September, brings heavy rainfall, which can limit travel plans, while summers can be hot and humid.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela

flightCochin International Airport - 85 Kilometers

directions_carKottayam - 16 Kilometers via Kottayam-Kumarakom Rd

trainKottayam Railway Station - 16 Kilometers

kumarakom coastline view with coconut trees and a couple of houseboats docked

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