Kumarakom Tourism

  • AttractionsBackwaters
  • Best SeasonAugust to February
  • Ideal Duration2 DaysDays
  • LanguagesMalayalam

Kumarakom has been a favourite holiday choice of many including former Prime Minister of India A.B. Vajpayee. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The booker prize winning book -The God of Small Things by Arundhato Roy is set in Ayemenem or Aymanam village, which adjoins Kumarakom. Tha attractions in Kumarakom includes Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Santuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Aranmula Boat Race, Vagamon and Bay Island Museum. 

Kumarakom is an ideal vacation place for honeymooners and vacations in Kumarakom can be tailor made for the urbanite who yearns for quiet, yet fancies the pleasures of the city.

Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The booker prize winning book -The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is set in Ayemenem or Aymanam village, which adjoins Kumarakom. Tha attractions in Kumarakom includes Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Santuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Aranmula Boat Race, Vagamon and Bay Island Museum.

Best Time To Kumarakom

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

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Kumarakom's climate remains reasonably steady throughout the year, and the dense greenery along the running water means temperature stay cool even at the height of summer. Accordingly, whether you want to explore or relax, Kumarakom has a season for you! The beginning of the calendar year is also densely packed with festivals and celebrations, which would be a shame to miss:


January/February - Sree Dharma Sastha Temple: musical rites and ceremonies honour Sastha, the deity of this 1200-year-old temple

February - Subrahmanya Temple: the climax of the Thaippooyam festival is the ceremonial procession of kavadi-carrying devotees thronging the streets.

March - Sree Kumaramangalam Temple: several cultural programs such as traditional dances and musical instruments accompany the rituals celebrated on Pooyam day.

March/April - Puthiyakavu Devi Temple: an eight-day festival celebrates the Goddess Bhadrakali.

March/April - Thekkumkara Sree Ardhanariswara Temple: the festival of Meenabharani celebrates the joint manifestation of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy with ritual and cultural performances.

April - Muthante Nada Mahadeva Temple: a three-day festival honours the three deities of this temple, Lord Shiva, Muthan Vallyachan and Bhadra. The temple lantern used to function as a lighthouse for fishermen and boatmen on the lake.


Monsoon season spans from June through to October. Torrential rain and widespread flooding mean Kumarakom's greenery is even greener than usual, and the forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious verdant magic. This is the perfect season for quiet contemplation on the riverbanks, in a houseboat or from your accommodation.

The weather is cooler and drier between October and February. While this is the perfect time for outdoor activities and sports, beware of the peak season prices from December to January, as well as larger crowds.

Between March and May, Kerala's summer hits its peak, with sweltering and humid weather, making conditions less than ideal for anything but doing nothing. However, Kumarakom stays relatively cool thanks to the lake, so take advantage of the off-season prices and start exploring

How to reach Kumarakom

How to Reach Kumarakom by Train, Flight, Bus and Car

Distance By Air By Road By Train
Kumarakom to Alleppey 33 KMs NA NA 56 Minutes
Kumrakom to Kochi 48 KMs NA NA 75 Minutes
Kumarakom to Marari 27 KMs NA NA 43 Minutes
Kumarakom to Munnar 145 Kms NA NA 4 Hours 13 Minutes
By Flight

The nearest airport to Kumarakom is Kochi International Airport, which is well-connected to most major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi, as well as South East Asia and the Middle-East. From here, you can jump on a bus, train or cab to your final destination. A pre-paid taxi service is also available and might be the most convenient way to travel if you have a lot of luggage.

By Train

While there is no train station in Kumarakom, there are regular train services to nearby Kottayam from most major cities in Kerala. Buses and taxis are readily available from Kottayam to Kumarakom throughout the day.

By Bus

You can travel to Kumarakom with the state-owned KSRTC buses or private coaches from most major cities within South India. Although this is a convenient, if more uncomfortable, way to travel, buses are likely to be very crowded. If you are loaded with luggage or uncomfortable in close quarters, this isn't the way to go.

Kumarakom Bird Santuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The bird sanctuary extends over 14 acres (57,000 m²).The Bird Sanctuary can be visited by canoes, which can be arranged with local fishermen at the entrance to the sanctuary. A two-hour rowing canoe trip is quite cheap, and is best undertaken in the evening or early morning to avoid the afternoon sun.

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Bay Island Museum

Bay Island Museum is the only one of it's kind in the country, having a unique synergy between natural art and extensive persuasive imagination, that brings to you the beautiful sculptures of the passionate sea; unsaid, unseen; touching your perception in it's own sole way.

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Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls

From Kumarakom you can also pay a visit to the picturesque Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls Located 18km from Kottayam town, 2 km down a mud lane from Kumarakom is this beautiful picnic spot where streams tinkle as they make their way through the landscape and waters roar as they cascade down the mountains from a height of 100 ft.

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Pathiramanal (sands of midnight)

Pathiramanal is an enchanting island on the lake that can be accessed by boat. This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water madeway for the land to rise from below. The island can be accessed only by boat.

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Aranmula Boat Races

Just 50km from Kottayam, Aranmula is the site of the splendid Onam festival boat races, usually in early September. These races unlike the more sporting Nehru Trophy race at Alappuzha in August are essentially religious, based on a temple festival. Caparisoned elephants with beaded umbrellas, processions of decorated floats, and highly ornate boats make this a lovely event to witness. Aranmula is also well known for the centre of bell metal mirror crafts.

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Vaikom Temple

Vaikom is 40km from Kottayam, and is famous for the Shiva Temple. The festival of this temple is in the months of November-December and last for 12 days. The 'Panchavadyam' is an important musical performance and is well known for the temple festival.Vaikom Shiva Temple is popularly known as Kashi of South and  is dedicated to Lord Shiva

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Elaveezha Poonchira

Elaveezha Poonchira is yet another picnic spot accessible from Pala and is located in the midst of beautiful hills.

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Photos of Kumarakom  attractions including Pathiramanal (sands of midnight), Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Bay Island Museum, Kumarakom Bird Santuary

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