Kumarakom Backwaters

Posted Date: 11 Jul 2010      Author: Roshan Salim Profile photo   Member Level: Gold (Rs 51)

This article is a complete guide about Kumarakom backwaters, Kumarakom tourism, climate of Kumarakom, lifestyle of Kumarakom people, Accomodation facilities near Kuamarakom etc.

Kumarakom Backwaters

Are you looking for another heaven in God's Own Country, Are you looking for a serene and peaceful place to spend your holidays in Kerala. Then the answers to both the questions are the same. Undoubtly it is 'The Backwaters of Kumarakom'. Kumarakom is one of the calm, quite, peaceful and beautiful place in Kerala. It is situated between the panoramic lake of Vembanad and greenish paddy fields of Kuttanad (The rice bowl of Kerala). It is ideal place for the tourists who love to see the charming beauty of nature.

Weather Report at Kumarakom Backwaters

Kumarakom used to have a tropical climate and is pleasant through out the year.

Summer temperature : Maximum- 38 degree, Minimum- 22.6 degree
Winter temperature : Maximum- 35 degree, Minimum- 18 degree
Average rainfall : 1100 mm
Best time to Visit : November- March

People and Lifestyle in Kumarakom

The ride through the backwaters of Kumarakom in Houseboat reveals a realistic lifestyle of the people ok Kumarakom. The environment is clean and also beautiful due to the presence of paddy fields and coconut palms. The occupation of most of the people here is fishing and agriculture so that their special food in their home is rice and fish curry. Since Kumarakom is having a tropical climate people used to wear simple clothes. Men generally wear ‘Mundu' and women wear ‘Pavada' and blouse.

Kumarakam Backwater Tourism

Kumarakam Houseboats The houseboats of Kumarakam backwaters is a prime attraction of tourism there. House boats of Kumarakam are locally known as 'Kettuvallam'. These are beautifully and traditionally decorated boats with bamboo and wood in the periphery and amazingly furnished inside. It also has bedrooms, kitchen, sit outs and toilet facilities. There will be a boatman and a guide (if you want) to sail your boat and to give you information respectively. These house boats provide a perfect rest house away from the noises of the city and a perfect host to enjoy the backwater beauty of Kerala.

Boat Races in Kumarakom Boat races are one of the special events in the backwaters of Kumarakom. It is generally held on the month of August to September. The boats in this race are locally known as 'Chundan'. This race includes a participation of over 100 men in each boat and there may be 10 or 12 these kinds of boats which is having 100 persons. Out of these 100 people 25 may be singers and 75 may be the oarsmen. This boat race is generally known as Snake boat race or 'Vallamkali'.

Ayurvedic Massages at Kumarakom Kumarakom is a best place for tourists who wish to do the traditional Ayurvedic Massages of Kerala. This will be performed here in its pure and realistic manner. The best season for doing this massage is monsoon season. It is because, during monsoon the surroundings will cool and free from dust which is an ideal condition that suit the body for massaging. So we recommend the tourist to visit during monsoon for Ayurvedic massaging.

Spicy foods in Kumarakom
Kumarakom is also famous for its traditional spicy dishes. The backwater of Kumarakom is a rich source of fishes and crabs. The dishes like Karimeen (spotted fish) fry, Karimeen fish molley, sprawn fry, crab curry are extraordinary. The tourists who are more interested in dishes will have a thought in mind to stay here itself for long, enjoying these spicy traditional dishes. Such an impact is created by these dishes.

Other Attractions in Kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is another attraction in Kumarakom. The Sanctuary is located on the Shore of Vembanad Lake. The main attraction here is the variety of birds found here. These also include some migratory birds which come Himalayas and also from Siberia. Kumarakom is an ideal place for the Ornithologist and is again known as Ornithologist's Paradise. Including some migratory birds, we can also see birds like Cuckoo, waterfowl, Owl, Egrets, Herons, Parrots, Water ducks etc. You can hire houseboats or motorboats to watch here. The best time to watch here is June and August and to watch the migratory birds it is between November and February.

Wildlife Photography at Kumarakom Kumarakom is also an ideal place for Wildlife photography due to the presence of bird sanctuary. Tourist used to take some photos of the rare birds seen here. So those who interested in photography can bring cameras.

Attractions near Kumarakom

1. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls : It is about 2 kms from Kumarakom
2. Pathiramanal : 5 kms away from Kumarakom
3. Kottayam : 16 kms away from Kumarakom
4. Aranmula : 12 kms away from Kumarakom
5. Erumely : 70 kms away from Kumarakom
6. Vagamon : 75 kms away from Kumarakom
7. Elaveezha Poonchira : 12 kms away from Vembanad Lake
8. Vaikom : 13 kms away from Kumarakom

How to reach Kumarakam

Reaching Kumarakom can be a three dimensional network
Nearest Airport : Kochi international Airport
Nearest Railway : Kottayam Railway Station
Road way : From Kochi Airport : 85 kms to Muhamma boat jetty, from Trivandrum Airport : 175 kms to Muhamma boat jetty.
Water way : Through the backwaters of Alappuzha from Kochi or Trivandrum

Accomodation Facilities

Hotels and Resorts near Kumarakom
1. Backwater Ripples
2. Cocobay Resort Kumarakom
3. Radisson Plaza Resort
4. Taj Garden Retreat
5. Golden Waters
6. Kumarakom Lake Resort

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