Kumarakom is a coastal village surrounded by the backwaters of Kerala. However, a trip to Kumarakom is much more than just sailing through the backwaters. There are innumerable options for places to visit in Kumarakom. Here are some hidden treasures of Kumarakom that will act like nectar for the traveller in you.
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A dazzling waterfall that will make you dance to its rhythm awaits you. The milky showers of water surrounded by lush green rubber plantations will take you to wonderland. With a drool-worthy view, the Aruvikkuzhi waterfall is a delightful treat for all the photography enthusiasts. Trek to the top of the waterfall and find yourself in awe of the mindboggling view where nature rules. At Aruvikkuzhi waterfall trade the view of your smartphone and the hustle of life for ssthe harmonious sounds of waterfall and chirping of the indigenous birds that reside here. Make sure this spot is on the top of your list of places to visit in Kumarakom.
Need one more reason to visit Kumarakom? Here it is – the largest lake in Kerala has chosen Kumarakom as its home. Built by the unison of several rivers, this lake is the convergence point of ten rivers flowing from the Western Ghats. The beauty of this enormous lake is too much to contain and grasp in just one day and therefore, many tourists decide to rent out a houseboat to spend a day or two here. If you have heard of Kumarakom, then you must have definitely heard of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. This terrific boat race takes place at Vembanad Lake giving you one more reason to include this spot in your list of places to visit in Kumarakom.
The backwaters of Kerala will cast an enchanting spell with their unparalleled serenity and beauty. Whether you take your caravan full of your loved ones or set trail alone with just a backpack for a companion, these aquatic heavens will never disappoint you. Watch the sunset on a houseboat while you float on the backwaters of Kumarakom to experience tropical bliss. The backwaters are responsible for about 60% of Kumarakom’s tourism. A visit here will be so much more than just striking off another Kumarakom’s tourist place on your list.
Hear, hear! The captivating hills of Vagamon are calling you. Climb on the hills of Vagamon and breathe in lungsful of fresh oxygen. Unlike the usual hills and mountains that have a rugged path and dense bushes, these hills are only covered by satin smooth grass. Hence, it’s a perfect place to meditate or catch up on much-awaited conversations with your loved ones while you get a tingling foot massage from the dewy grass. If you want to take a break from the beaches, then Vagamon is your place to visit in Kumarakom. The lush green hills of Vagamon are home to lavish resorts, giving you a perfect blend of luxury and natural beauty.
A paved stone path that goes to a floating hut where you can hear nothing but the only calm sound of waves? Sounds too good to be true? This is exactly what Pathiramanal Island looks like. This place is graced by gorgeous migratory birds flying around the Vembanad lake. Head to Pathiramanal Island and discover one of the most surreal places to visit in Kumarakom. The thick bushes of Pathiramanal are nature’s treasure box and will surprise you with everything from beautiful plants to birds you haven’t seen before. However, the surprises don’t end there! A mysterious temple and a bio park are waiting for you as well.
The temples of Kerala are much more than places of worship. With architecture that gives us a peek in the olden times, to sculptures that give us a glimpse of the stone age era, each one of these temples have a story to tell. Ettumanoor, Vaikom Mahadeva and Thirunakkara temples are very well-known Kumarakom tourist places. All the three temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the popular Hindu deities in the South. The Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple houses a magnificent statue of Nataraja – a form of Shiva as a cosmic dancer. A lamp that is placed right in the centre of the temple and mural paintings on the wall will put you into a trance. Visit this temple in the month of February to witness the festival of the Celebration of Light, hosted in the temple for 10 days. The Vaikom Mahadeva temple is located close to Ettumanoor temple and is known for its soothing white and brown coloured architecture. The third on the list is the Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple and is every mythology lover’s paradise. The walls of the temple depict epic battles and stories from the past. Take a temple tour in Kumarakom next time you are here.
Have you ever looked at birds and wondered - where do they fly? A visit to Kumarakom’s bird sanctuary will give you a glimpse of the paradise where many birds fly to. The lush green sanctuary houses migratory as well as indigenous species such as Siberian Stork and Kingfisher. Visit this sanctuary to learn more about our feathered friends and leave the place feeling at one with nature. The best time to visit here is between November and February when you will be able to spot several species of migratory birds. We hope you have included this bird sanctuary in your Kumarakom sightseeing list.
How can you miss out on beach tripping when you are in this tropical bliss? Head to the happening beach of Kumarakom and uncover your adventurous spirit by trying out sports such as water skiing, windsurfing, boating and parasailing. If you don’t want the adrenaline rush, then you can just sit back on the beach and soak in the sun. Kumarakom Lake Resort will serve you some delicious seafood with a great view. So, how about you book your tickets to this land of backwaters and enjoy some vitamin sea?
If you are wondering what is so special about sculptures made from wood, then you might want to know that this art is made from driftwood. The story goes that a school teacher would collect pieces of tree trunks, stumps and roots that had drifted on the shore from the sea. With every cyclone more and more tree parts would get washed on to the shore. The school teacher then trimmed these collected driftwood pieces to mould them into the shape of birds, animals, fishes and reptiles. Though these sculptures have been made many years ago, their constant battle with the sea before reaching the shoreline has made the driftwood resilient. Art enthusiasts and art students visit the museum to explore and learn about this unique form of art.
Kottayam is Kumarakom’s much-loved neighbour that befriends everyone who comes to Kumarakom. Located at a distance of 13 kms, this place is a modern version of Kumarakom. Stroll through the lush green fields, go boating on the backwaters and lose yourself in the stunning rubber plantations. So, next time you are in Kumarakom don’t disappoint Kottayam by not including it in your list of places to see in Kumarakom. Knock on this neighbour’s door and dive deeper into the land of coconut trees.
Even if you are not religiously inclined, visit this mosque to see the stunning architecture, elaborate carvings and the beautiful river flowing adjacent to the mosque. However, the beauty hides a tumultuous past. Juma Masjid has been resurrected after it was destroyed many years ago. The mosque is important to the people of Kumarakom because the people associated with it were part of India’s freedom struggle. This place is just one of the unusual yet intriguing Kumarakom sightseeing spots.
Just like any other place of religious significance in Kumarakom, this church is also known for its remarkable architecture and grandeur. St. Mary’s is one of the oldest churches in Kumarakom and the European architecture is evidence of that. The interiors of the church are graced with non-biblical graffiti and murals. So, the next time you bend down to light the candles don’t forget to study the stellar view of the wall art here.
Thanneermukkom Bund is the largest mud regulator in the country built on the banks of Vembanad lake. This was built as a part of the Kuttanad Development Scheme and is now becoming a Kumarakom tourist attraction spot. This place is not yet recognised as a commercial tourist spot and you can head here to flock away from the crowds. The path to the Bund cuts through a tranquil village. The village has many rustic temples along the way where you can either rest for a while and simultaneously gawk at the archaic beauty.
Are you bored with the usual water and adventure parks? If yes, then Kumarakom has something unique to offer. Mangomeadows is the world’s first agricultural theme park located outside Kumarakom. This experiential park offers a number of activities such as a crash course in traditional farming techniques and a tour to learn about more than 150 species of plants and a bird sanctuary. You can also go boating, fishing, swimming or just sit back and enjoy some traditional art performances in the theme park. Have you heard about Chinese fishing nets? Check them out just when the sun is about to set. There are 40 wooden cottages amidst the woods, equipped with ultra-modern facilities.