Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands beautifully nestled on the banks of Vembanad Lake. It is one the top tourist places in God’s Own Country, Kerala. Majorly a backwater destination, it is also well known for its wildlife. There are many tourist places in and around Kumarakom that will make your holidays here an everlasting memory of fun.
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls: Just 2 kms walk from Kumarakom lies the Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls which is a popular picnic spot for the tourists. Enjoy the gratifying sight of the waterfalls where water rages down from an amazing height of 100 feet.
Ayemenem or Aymanam Village: It is a small backwater village adjoining Kumarakom. Famous author mentioned the beauty of the place in here Booker Prize winning novel God of Small Things. You really can’t miss this one.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Spreading over an area of over14 acres, it is a haven for ornithologists and bird watchers. It is wonderful abode to many native as well as migratory birds like Siberian crane, waterfowl, owl, heron, egret, cuckoo and many more. You can hire a houseboat and explore the immense beauty of the sanctuary. Best time to visit is from June- August.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum: It is a popular museum in Kumarakom which houses a collection of chiselled driftwood articles. The driftwood here was collected from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A retired teacher, Raji Punnosse is the curator of the museum whose efforts have led to many fascinating designs and images carved out from driftwood.
Kumarakom Beach: It is scenic beach to relax and relish your holidays. You can indulge in various water activities like parasailing, water skiing, surfing, boating and swimming in the beach. You can also make the most of the various Ayurvedic treatments that are offered at luxury beach resorts here.
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple: Just 8 kms drive from Kumarakom; you will reach Vaikom where Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is located. It is a unique temple built in the traditional Kerala architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a host of Vaikkath Ashtami Festival celebrated annually between November and December.
Juma Masjid: It is one of the oldest mosques in India. It is located at Thazhathangadi which is 12 kms away from Kumarakom which lies on the banks of River Meenachil. It is a 1000 year old mosque and a popular pilgrimage spot.
Kumarakom Backwaters: As stated earlier that Kumarakom is a popular backwater destination. You can cruise in the beautifully decorated houseboats called ‘kettuvalam’ and flow along the gleaming backwaters exploring the inner charm of Kumarakom. There are also some of the best kingly luxury backwater resorts around the region.