Kumarakom tourism is famous its backwater cruises and enchanting attractions like Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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About Kumarakom


Backwaters, bird sanctuary

Best Season

August to February

Ideal Duration

2 days



Kumarakom has been a favorite 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 Arundhati Roy is set in Ayemenem or Aymanam village adjoining Kumarakom, making it a popular spot among literary fans as well.


The attractions in Kumarakom include Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Aranmula Boat Race, Vagamon, and Bay Island Museum.


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Things To See & Do In Kumarakom


-> Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s paradise set on the Vembanad backwaters. Among other rare and exotic bird species, it is the home of the fascinating Siberian Stork that can be spotted here in winter.


-> Kumarakom Backwaters: Houseboat cruises on the scenic Kumarakom backwaters are a unique experience that leaves visitors overjoyed! The surrounding greenery of the Kumarakom backwaters and its activities like canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and snake boat races bring people here from near and far.


-> Vembanad Lake: The lake is the best place for houseboat cruises, fishing, boating, and even coracle riding. During September-October, the lake is covered with radiant pink water lilies, making it utterly picturesque!


-> Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls: This serene waterfall tucked between rubber plantations and shimmering streams drops from a massive height of 100 feet. Located near Kumarakom, it’s is an unmissable part of Kumarakom tourism!


-> Pathiramanal Island: Home to thousands of migratory birds, Pathiramanal is a beautiful island in the middle of Kumarakom’s emerald-green backwaters and lush coconut groves.


-> Juma Masjid: This 1,000-year-old mosque is one of the oldest mosques in India and has magnificent architecture with exquisite wood carvings in the inner courtyard, windows, and bathing area.


-> Bay Island Driftwood Museum: This museum houses modern art and unique items made of driftwood including twisted trunks of trees, roots, and stumps that were deposited on the shores of Andaman and Nicobar by the infamous tsunami of 2004.


-> Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this sanctum is an ancient shrine dating back to the 16th century. It houses several unique sculptures of deities and breathtaking murals depicting ancient tales of Lord Shiva and Dashavathara.


-> Kumarakom Beach: This secluded beach with clean waters and golden sands is fit for a relaxing walk and a fun picnic! You can try activities like swimming, water polo, snorkeling, jet skiing, boating, and even get Ayurvedic massages at the beach.


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

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Best time to visit Kumarakom

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

Best time to visit
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September to March is the best time to explore what Kumarakom tourism has to offer. The weather is cool, comfortable, and pleasant during this time. It’s less humid and ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.


Kumarakom's climate remains reasonably steady throughout the year, and the dense greenery along the running water means temperatures stay cool even at the peak of summer.


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 honor Sastha, the deity of this 1,200-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 celebrating the Goddess Bhadrakali.

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

April - Muthante Nada Mahadeva Temple: A three-day festival honors the three deities of this temple, Lord Shiva, Muthan Vallyachan, and Bhadra. The temple has a popular lantern that served as a lighthouse for the lake's fishermen and boatmen long ago.


Monsoon season spans from June through to October. Torrential rain and widespread flooding may not be an ideal time to step out, but they contribute to Kumarakom's greenery. The forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious verdant magic.


This is the perfect season for enjoying the lush and refreshed natural beauty of Kumarakom from its riverbanks, a houseboat, or your accommodation.


The weather is cooler and drier between October and February. While this is the perfect time for outdoor activities and adventure 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 ideal for exploring and engaging in activities like boating and venturing into the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.


However, Kumarakom stays relatively cool thanks to the lake, so take advantage of the off-season prices and start exploring!


How to Reach Kumarakom

The nearest airport to Kumarakom is Kochi International Airport, which is well-connected to major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kochi.


There is no train station in Kumarakom and the nearest station is in Kottayam, which is also serviced by major cities in Kerala and all over India. 


Private coaches and KSRTC-operated buses are readily available from the airport, train station, and other points of interest across Kerala to take you to Kumarakom. Pre-paid taxis and cabs can also be availed.

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. It is also connected to destinations across South East Asia and the Middle East. From here, you can jump on a bus, take a train, or hail a cab to your final destination. You can also opt for a pre-paid taxi service for a more convenient and comfortable commute if you have a lot of luggage.

By Bus

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

By Train

You can travel to Kumarakom with the state-owned KSRTC buses or private coaches from most major cities within South India. Public buses are a convenient way to travel, but they tend to get uncomfortable and crowded. If you are traveling with excess luggage, don't commute via bus.

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