Located at a distance of 16km from Kottayam in Kerala and located on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kerala's largest lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of many small man-made islands reclaimed from the lake.
Part of the Kuttanad region, Kumarakom along with Alleppey, has beautiful backwater areas and they collectively form the most important tourist centres of Kerala. Known for paddy fields, fishing, a network of backwaters, delicious local cuisine, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) houseboats and luxury and budget resorts. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise.
Take a two-hour canoeing trip during the sunrise or sunset to experience the beauty of this place. Kumarkom is the first destination to implement responsible tourism.
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The place is cheaper compared to many famous tourists destinations, being a smaller town. Commuting within the town is easy, and the number of natural landscapes is a beautiful magnet for all the tourists looking forward to visiting Kumarakom. Also, the place is a rich spectrum of cultural and historical diversity.
The connectivity to Kumarakom is not direct and is majorly through Kochi and Kottayam. The place is also not a suitable pick to visit during monsoon because of the spontaneity and unplanned nature of the rains.
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