Places To Visit In Kumarakom

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1. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Top Attraction 4.2 /5

11 km
from city center
1 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Highlights: Bird Watching at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (Read More), Butterfly Garden at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Boat Ride

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, also popularly known as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, is a breathtaking and beautiful bird sanctuary that is located at Kumarakom in the Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala. Situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in the Kerala Backwaters, this bird sanctuary is a favourite spot for many native as well as migratory birds.

2. Kumarakom Backwaters

Kumarakom Backwaters
Top Attraction 4.3 /5

22 km
from city center
2 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Highlights: Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Backwaters Houseboat (Read More)s, Day Boat Tours, Night Boat Tours, Boat Race

Backwaters of Kerala are one of the most sought after destinations of the itinerary. Dotted with coconut groves and brilliant panoramic vistas, houseboats serves as the best way to explore the idyllic backwater lagoons of Kumarakom.

3. Thanneermukkom Bund

Thanneermukkom Bund

11 km
from city center
3 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Highlights: Boating Trip, Fishing

The Thanneermukkom Bund, also called Thanneermukkom Salt Water Barrier, is a bridge constructed across Lake Vembanad. It was built in 1974 as a part of the Kuttanad Development Scheme and aims to intercept tidal action and the incursion of saltwater into the lowlands of Kuttanad across Lake Vembanad. Thanneermukkom Bund has been functional since 1976, and today it is the only coastal reservoir in India.

4. Village Life Experience

Village Life Experience

4 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Highlights: Boat Ride Through Canals, Fishing, Exploring (Read More)Various Village Activities, Visit to Plantation, Walk through Paddy Fields

Kumarakom is beautifully crafted by nature, and it offers a multitude of options for entertainment to tourists, of which the most captivating is the Village Life Experience (VLE). Remarkably, Village Life Experience at Kumarakom is a half-day tour package that enables travelers to get a taste of rural life in Kerala. Most travelers opt for the bird sanctuary visit or backwater cruises at this destination, but the actual beauty of Kumarakom can only be experienced in its villages.

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5. Kumarakom Beach

Kumarakom Beach

11 km
from city center
5 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Highlights: Kumarakom Backwaters, Kumarakom

Kumarakom Beach is a famous for recreational activities and water sports. Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in Kerala, Kumarakom Beach offers breathtaking views of the shimmering waters and lush green surroundings. The area is dotted with coconut palms, mangrove forests, and vibrant flora, creating a serene and picturesque ambiance.

6. Pathiramanal


15 km
from city center
6 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Pathiramanal is a beautiful island in Alappuzha which was once the property of the Thaimattatil family until 1979. The island is covered with dense natural vegetation and offers a perfect climatic condition for regional flora and fauna to thrive. The attraction is also famous as a bird watcher's paradise and a favourite amongst nature lovers.

7. Kumarakom Craft Museum

Kumarakom Craft Museum

10 km
from city center
7 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Highlights: Collections & Antiques, Workshops

Situated amidst the serene beauty of Kumarakom's backwaters, the Craft Museum is housed in a charming heritage building that exudes old-world charm. Surrounded by lush greenery and tranquil waterways, the museum's idyllic setting provides a peaceful and scenic backdrop for exploring the rich cultural heritage of Kerala. Kumarakom Craft Museum has a stunning collection of antiques ranging from woodwork, decor items, paintings, portraits, etc.

8. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

17 km
from city center
8 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Situated amidst lush greenery and rolling hills, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall is a 30 feet high waterfall and is easily accessible from Kumarakom, a popular tourist destination known for its backwaters and serene landscapes. The waterfall is approximately 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Kumarakom town and can be reached by road within a 30-minute drive. The surroundings are covered with dense forestation and have several exciting trekking trails. It is, therefore, an apt attraction for nature walks, trekking or hiking.

9. St Mary's Church, Cheriapally

St Mary's Church, Cheriapally

5 km
from city center
9 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

St. Mary's Church, Cheriapally was built in 1579. It belongs to Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church and is one of the oldest orthodox churches in the country. The Metropolitans of the church belonged to 3 families in the region. The beautiful structure is an amalgamation of Kerala and Persian style of architecture that has been preserved very well.

10. Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Bay Island Driftwood Museum
4.2 /5

10 km
from city center
10 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Founded by Raji Punnoose, a school-teacher in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay Island Driftwood Museum is famous for its innovative modern art techniques deployed to design various kinds of root and tree-trunk sculptures.

11. Toddy Shops in Kumarakom

Toddy Shops in Kumarakom

10 km
from city center
11 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

During your boat cruise or while on a trip across the village, one thing might catch your attention is a small thatched building with a black board outside with 'Kallu' written boldly in white. This is a traditional toddy shop in Kumarakom, though now many have tiled or concrete roofs.

12. Fishing in Kumarakom

Fishing in Kumarakom
3.2 /5

14 km
from city center
12 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Fishing is not just a livelihood in Kumarakom but it has also turned out to be an excellent tourist-bait. Catering to the newly emerged demand from visitors, travel planners, resorts and agencies include fishing using traditional methods in their tourist packages.

13. Angling in Kumarakom

Angling in Kumarakom
3.2 /5

20 km
from city center
13 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

The canals running across the village as well as the shallow waters of Lake Vembanad offer great opportunities for angling. With patience and a little bit of skill, you are sure to have a fairly good catch as well as a lot of fun, taking part in a traditional village activity.

14. Juma Masjid

Juma Masjid

11 km
from city center
14 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Located one of the banks of the serene stream of Meenachil, Juma Masjid is a stunning ancient mosque. It is one of the oldest mosques in the country and is famous for its architectural beauty. The beautiful carvings on the wood and the royal interiors are a delight for tourists.

15. Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

15 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Located at a distance of about 10 kms from Kottayam in Kumarakom, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is a revered holy place of the Hindus. Considered to be the oldest temple in the state of Kerala, the temple is believed to have been a common site of worship by the Pandavas and Sage Vyasa in the ancient days. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the shrine is popular for its spectacular murals, beautiful frescos and excellent wood carvings made in the 16th century, which are borrowed from the classic epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas.

16. Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake
4.6 /5

16 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Vembanad Lake is a lagoon located in the district of Alleppey in the South-Indian state of Kerala. This expansive lake/ lagoon is longest lake in the country and the largest Lake in Kerala, accessible from Kottayam, Kuttanad and Kochi. Vembanad Lake is known by different names in different regions of Kerala. It is called the Kochi Lake in Kochi, the Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad and as Vembanad in Kottayam.

17. Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple

Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple
3.4 /5

17 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

A popular Hindu shrine and great epitome of Kerala style of architecture, Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was established in 16th century by the king of Thekkumkur. The place is also adorned with several beautiful murals showcasing the Hindu themes. A festival of Aaraattu celebrated for 10 days witness several cultural performances of various art forms like Kathakali, Velakali and Mayilattom performed by professionals. The festival attracts devotees and tourists in large number to the temple.

18. Thazhathangady Juma Masjid

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid
3.1 /5

18 out of 18
Places To Visit in Kumarakom

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid or Taj Juma Masjid as it is popularly known as is a beautiful structure situated on the banks of River Meenachil. The shrine is said to have been established by the members of Jama-Athe 1959 and was completed in year 1964. The mosque building is famous for its charming wood carvings and structure. Once served as a home to Muslims who came from different parts of Kerala, the residents followed Hanafi tradition back in 1947 under the leadership of Kottayam Sethu Masjid.

FAQs on Kumarakom

What are the top sightseeing places in Kumarakom?

The top sightseeing places in Kumarakom are Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Backwaters, Vellavali, Visit to Toddy Shops, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Fishing in Kumarakom.

How much does a package cost for Kumarakom?

The packages for Kumarakom start at INR 8800 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

How can I commute within Kumarakom?

Boats and Steamers are the best way to travel around. Many hotels offer boats for hire. Advance booking is advisable. House boats are also available.
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Can you suggest an itinerary for Kumarakom?

Day 1: After reaching Kumarakom, one can freshen up and then leave to witness the backwaters of Kumarakom and the Vembanad lake, located at the same place, and spend a few hours there along with the boats in the day time. The place is beautiful to visit during the day and thus is an alluring sight. After the visit, drive down to about 40 minutes of the journey to the beautiful Pathiramal Island to spend the rest of your day.

Day 2: Start in the morning and travel down to the beach, which will be a beautiful sight in the early morning hours. After 45 minutes long drive, you can reach the famous bird sanctuary, which can be roamed around for about 1 hour or more. In the remaining time, visit The Bay Island Driftwood Museum, located at a mere distance of 1.5 km from the Bird Sanctuary.

Day 3: Start early to travel down to the Aruvikkuzhi falls, as they might be a beautiful sight in the early hours of the day, cool and refreshing. In the remaining time, you can plan on visiting Juma masjid, which might be an ideal pick to bring an end to this trip. Also, in the remaining time, roam around the streets of Kumarakom to shop for a few souveniers.
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