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 visit||Climate||Accessories/Seasonal Clothing||Festivals|
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 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|
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.
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.
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.
WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?
We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package
How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?
Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.
The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats
There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats
Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?
Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam
Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Alappuzha, Calicut, Wayanad, Coorg, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Mararikulam, Athirapally Arriving 13th Jan Departing 26th Jan. Please advise good itinerary and price.
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