Kumarakom: Everything From Highlights To Day Trips


Kumarakom is a small cluster of islands on Vembanad Lake, which is one of Kerala’s largest freshwater lakes. Known for its scintillating Kumarakom backwaters, it’s a preferred tourist destination in Kerala, the God’s Own Country. With canals, lakes, and river streams, Kumarakom will captivate you, and would urge you to take an extended vacation.

This article will give you an insight to Kumarakom’s highlights, activities and best time to visit. And if you have some extra time in hand, then you must also plan short day trips listed in the article.


Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary:

This destination is bestowed with a verdant eco diversity. Palm and coconut groves are scattered through and through, serving as a home to various domestic and migratory birds. Most of these birds are endangered or rare, and this is why Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is nothing short than paradise for bird lovers. This also means that while cruising through Kumarakom backwaters you will spot many exotic birds.

Houseboat stays:

The landscape of Kumarakom is beautified with Kettuvallam (traditional houseboats). Honeymooners and family come over for a night stay in the houseboats. These houseboats usually features rooms, kitchen, washrooms and a big balcony.

Nehru Trophy Race:

Each year during the month of November, Kerala organizes Houseboat Races, and Kumarakom is among the best places to visit this grand affair. In fact, not in November, the practice for this event begins in August itself. So, if you’d want to ditch the crowd, you can settle for practice sessions.

Ayurveda spa:

Kerala is known to practice supreme Ayurveda practices. The banks of Kumarakom backwaters is dotted with various resorts featuring dedicated Ayurveda spas. These spas are ideal for a rejuvenating treatment of therapy. The professionals at work are experienced and go extra mile to enliven each of your senses.

Best time to visit Kumarakom

September to March is considered the best time to visit Kumarakom, as the weather during this time is pleasant, allowing you to indulge in various activities and sightseeing attractions. Kerala is an otherwise hot state, which is why planning a trip during this season is not recommended.


Besides backwater cruising, Yoga, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and water skiing are among the most popular things to do while in Kumarakom.

Places to visit near Kumarakom


A beautiful hill-station with lush green rolling hillocks, Vagamon is an ideal spot for people wanting to go for treks. This refreshing hideout is treat to the eyes. If you are feeling a little adventurous, you must try out paragliding here. But if you’d rather chill, you can find your own corner and get connected with the essence of nature.

Pathiramanal Island:

If Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is something you loved with all your heart, Pathiramanal Island will bewitch you too. This is a small island that’s home to a myriad of migratory birds. In fact, you might want to stay here, so you also have number of options when it comes to luxurious resort accommodation.


Known for its rubber plantation, Kottayam’s landscape is prettified with backwaters and verdant hills. Even though the nature’s essence here stays unperturbed, you can expect world class amenities here, at the luxurious stays. If you are visiting Kumarakom and have some time in hand, planning a short trip to Kottayam is highly recommended.

Do not forget to carry a good camera as you will find many picture perfect moments around. Also, a mosquito repellent is a must!

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