Kumarakom Round Backwater Routes
Kumarakom is a favorite backwater holiday destination of dignitaries & celebrities. It was the 2000 visit of then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee that put Kumarakom on the list of must see tourism destinations of the country. Since his vacation at a Kumarakom in the famous backwaters of Kerala from December 26, 2000 to January 1, 2001 he also wrote his much-talked about “My musings from Kumarakom”. Ever since it has become a favorite destination with dignitaries, including heads of state like former President Pratibha Patil, and former Sri Lankan President, CB Kumaratunga. Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are only the latest to visit it. Kumarakom is also famous for Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on the periphery of the picturesque Vembanad Lake. It is a small but picturesque village in Kerala which is the ideal destination for eco tourism, rural experience, water sports and backwater tourism. A houseboat cruise on the scenic Vembanad Lake provides wonderful opportunity to see the lots of bird species of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Sunset cruise over the scenic Vembanad Lake is simply a delightful experience of lifetime. Houseboat Cruise on Kumarakom backwaters provides uniquely different but delightful experience.
The moment we cast off from jetty our houseboat will pass the exteriors of the Kumarakom bird sanctuary on left and reach Cheepunkal Lake View park at the tip of land and eventually enters into the mighty Vembanad lake and Proceeds to Pathiramanal which means " sands of Night" where fishermen used to rest in night fishing times, The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of island is awe-inspiring and is home to migratory birds from Siberia during winter. We then houseboat moves further east & steer pass the Kayipuram & Puthenagadi areas were you may find artistically built resorts bordering the backwaters. Then we would slowly move on to Kannakara where you may found abundant of Chinese fishing nets. Further we head to Thannermukkom Bund Salt water Barrier to help paddy farmers of Kuttanad region to prevent tidal action and intrusion of salt water. The bund bifurificate lake into fresh water one and other saline one on north. At 1600 hrs we will again assemble for tea/coffee with hot sweet banana fritters or finger chips to merry your gastronomical exigency in case of day cruise.
Slowly our houseboat takes diversion to see the Chinese fishing nets on Vechoor, the Church view point and slowly proceeds along the banks of river Kaipuzha witnessing the calm village life, then pass along side Philipkutty;s Farm house and through rustic backwater area returns to the Kavanar mouth and reaches the Santhappans and will berth there. Berthing helps you to get great views of the sunset; you can also get a chance to go out and walk along the riverside or villages and come back. In the evening Enjoy your Dinner and leave all world behind you and have a good sleep in your floating paradise. In morning you will be waked up the crisping voices of birds & fishermen’s oars falling on backwaters. Get up and enjoy the sunrise and breath pollution free air. Further cruise starts for an hour and will return to jetty through the amazing routes. On reaching jetty you will leave the houseboat with an everlasting beautiful memory.
How to Reach Kumarakom?
By Air: Cochin International Airport is about 80 Kms away from Kumarakom
By Rail: Kottayam railway station is the nearest major railway stations, about 15 Km from the town. You can also reach Kumarakom by getting down at Ettumanoor or Vaikom Road Railway Stations.
By Road: Kumarkom is well connected with all major cities in India by road. KSRTC runs direct bus services to all major destinations within and outside Kerala. You can visit the website KeralaRTC for KSRTC bus timings to & from Kumarakom. Private bus services are also abundant. Inter State bus services are available from Kottayam to Ernakulam to Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Chennai & Pondicherry.
Pilgrim Centres in and around Kumarakom
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam
Mahadeva Temple at Ettumanoor
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple at Vaikom
Malliyoor Mahaganapathy Temple
Saint Alphonsa’s Tomb at Bharananganam
Thazhathangady Juma Masjid
St Mary’s Church, Vechoor
Synod of Diamper of Udayamperoor Sunnahados
Infant Jesus Church, Vadayar
St Joseph Forane Church, Vaikom
ST Marys Church, Pallipuram
Best Time to Visit Kumarakom
High Season: December to May
Monsoon Rejuvenation Programs: June – August