Paradise in God’s Own Country
Imagine staying in a place where whichever way you turn your eyes, you are greeted with a picture-postcard-pretty sights. The green coconut trees, swaying gently in the breeze and throwing beautiful reflections in the blue waters, and charming boats moving gracefully in the backwaters…Yes, you guessed it right. We are indeed talking about Kumarakom in Kerala. If ever there was paradise on earth, it is Kumarakom.
Kumarakom is one of the most popular places on the tourist circuit in Kerala, and is famous for its backwaters.
The place is located in the Vembanad Lake’s backdrop. The lake is the largest freshwater water body in the whole of Kerala.
Things to do in Kumarakom
While you are in Kumarakom, one of the best things you can do is explore the backwaters by hiring a houseboat. It is going to be a fascinating experience, one you must not miss at any cost.
If you are in Kumarakom around the time of Onam, you can enjoy the captivating sight of a boat race, where hundreds of special boat race through the waters to get to the winning post. If you are a shutterbug, you are bound to go clicking away!
You can also visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is home to several migratory birds from places such as Siberia. You can hire a local fisherman to row you to the sanctuary, and spend some hours bird watching and taking pictures. It is also a great place to just sit by and relax. The bird sanctuary, spread over 14 acres, is home to birds such as egrets, Siberian cranes, owls, herons and egrets.
Don’t miss Pathiramanal, an island on the Lake. The tiny island is home to many birds, and is one of the most scenic spots in the whole of Kerala.
Also, make a trip to the Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls, which is just a couple of kilometers from Kumarakom. You can sit by and watch the water cascade from a cliff, and not realize the hours pass by. It is an ideal spot for those who want to get away from the buzz of the city. Listening to the sound of the cascade can be a really therapeutic exercise.
Talking of therapeutic activities, you can’t go to Kumarakom and miss out on the Ayurvedic treatments. Most resorts offer Ayurvedic massages, so opt for one of the packages, and feel how all your tensions and stresses melt away. After all, when you are in God’s Own Country, you should feel like a million bucks!
Kumarakom is just 16 km from Kottayam, which is accessible by train and road. The best time to visit Kumarakom is between October and March. If you are into bird-watching, you should visit in winter when you can spot a lot of birds that come from faraway countries. Kumarakom is home to best resorts in Kerala that suit many budgets.
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