Places to Visit in Kumarakom
Kumarakom, a popular tourist destination located near the city of Kottayam, in Kerala, India is famous for its backwater tourism. Situated in the backdrop of the Vembanad lake, it was a dangerous area during the reign of King of Thekkumkur. The district is also home to wide variety of flora and fauna with a notable bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. Kumarakom has a moderate climate throughout the year with the average rainfall of 1100mm. Also, it was awarded for path-breaking ‘Responsible Tourism’ project in India. Apart from all, certain places make it a fantastic location and worth to visit for travellers.
Surrounded by rubber plantation, this invigorating waterfall surely rejuvenates and relaxes the exhausted soul. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall is an ideal picnic and trekking spot. The place is a feast for the eyes of travellers, worth clicking for photographers, and meant for the youngsters who seek a refuge from the daily hustles.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for birdwatcher’s, placed in proximity to the scenic backwaters. Situated in the Kottayam district, it is synchronised with the Vembanad Lake. One can witness here lush greenery with various migratory birds including Siberian Stork and Kingfisher.
The largest lake in Kerala and counted as India’s longest lake too with the vast expanse of water runs from Kochi in the north to Alleppey in the south. Also, known as Vembanad Kayal, it invites migratory birds from all parts of the world. It is a confluence of three rivers. The lake has an abundant marine variety with over 150 different kinds of fish in the waters.
Considered to be a most visited spot, Kumarakom Beach is an adventurer’s paradise. There are various water and air adventure sports that you can try here, such as water skiing, wind surfing, boating and parasailing.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Bay Island Driftwood Museum includes unique collections of articles made of driftwood. The driftwood pieces are highly valued, as modern art techniques have been used while making them. The sculptures found here are made of driftwood resembling animals, fish and birds. While some articles are centuries old as some of the trees were washed away to the seashore owing to cyclones are ancient.
Kumarakom backwaters are one of the major places to visit in Kerala. It singlehandedly boosts 60% of the city’s tourism. An ideal getaway for the amazing vacation, Kumarakom backwaters cast a spell with their tranquil beauty, blue water and a heritage boathouse.
Pathiramanal is one of the islands in Vembanad Lake, which means the ‘sand of night’. The 10-acre island houses an aquarium and a zoo. Since the place is only accessible by boat, you could stop on your cruise on the backwaters to get yourself on the green island.
The lush green fields, never ending stretches of backwaters, small hills, rubber plantation and friendly surroundings make Kottayam a must visit a place. You can broadly experience a blend of modern amenities and warm Keralite welcome at Kottayam.
An ancient mosque that is over 1000 years old and considered as one of the oldest mosques in the country. Juma Masjid is often called as Thazhathangadi Mosque. It is said that Malik Dinar’s son Habib Dinar constructed the mosque. Malik Dinar was behind the introduction of Islam in Kerala. The magnificent architecture and the exquisite woodcarvings with inner courtyard, windows and the bathing area are stunningly built to accomplish a rich look.