Exploring Kerala Backwaters : Kumarakom


Kumarakom is an entrancingly beautiful tourist spot in Kerala. The rippling backwaters reflect the azure blue sky. The amazing shades of the green vegetation – that include mangroves, coconut palms and paddy fields – cover the verdant countryside. Channels and waterways wind their way through this green paradise. Water lilies and lotuses bloom in the water and birds from the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary call as they fly across the clear tropical sky.

Kumarakom is an idyllic holiday destination that you must visit on your Kerala holidays.  Kumarakom is situated 15 km from Kottayam on the Vembanad lake.  It is best described as a small, picturesque rural village in Kottayam. It is a small group of islands spread on Vembanad lake.

Kumarakom bird sanctuary is popular among bird watchers and nature lovers. Many rare varieties of birds especially seasonal birds can be seen there.

The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands. It is spread over 14 acres of lush green vegetation.

Hundreds of swaying coconut palms lining the rivers lean their heads and whisper to each other . Kumarakom is an example of nature at her best with fragrant flowers, flock of multi-coloured birds, surrounding greenery and the clear waters.

The Vembanad Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. It flows through the verdant lands of Kerala and offers one of the best backwater cruises. Most of the flora and fauna in this region flourishes around this supply of fresh water. The lake also acts as a balancing tank against floods, and its wooded banks, temptingly invite a visitor to explore more…!

This is the second post in the series of posts exploring Kerala Backwaters.

Here is the complete list of articles in this series.

1. Backwaters of Kerala

2. Exploring Kerala Backwaters : Kumarakom

3. Fishing…For Fun at Njarakkal Aqua Fish Farm (Part of Kochi Backwaters)

4. Traversing Backwaters of Kuttanad

5. Feel the Beauty of Kollam Backwaters

6. Discover: Backwaters of Kochi

7. Unveiling the Charm of Alleppey Backwaters

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Image Credit (Bethlaham Church at Kumarakom) : Vinayaraj

By Ratheesh R.Nath

Managing director at Paradise Holidays Cochin


  1. You have given us good information about the sight seeing places…indeed was helpful to plan our trip in selecting the best places to visit in short span of time


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