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Kumarakom in Kottayam is the most sought after backwater destination in Kerala. It has seen a boom in recent years with a large number of hotels and holiday retreats being set up there. Kumarakom is 15 km west of Kottayam District. Kumarakom is a bevy of islets on Vembanad Lake. The lush green area has wide expanses of mangrove forest that is home to many species of birds. There is a specially marked small bird sanctuary here that is about 14 acres. Many species of birds of passage visit here every year. It is also a well-known roosting place for Siberian cranes that flock here in hundreds.

Albert George Baker pioneered reclamation and cultivation of the land in the nineteenth century. The bungalow, belonging to the Baker family, has been transformed into a luxury hotel while preserving its traditional design. The network of waterways intersecting the coconut groves adds to the beauty of the landscape. These waterways and the surrounding areas can be explored in canoes. Kumarakom boat race on the Vembanad Lake, held during the August- September season, attracts a large number of visitors. 

Places to See in Kumarakom
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Located on the eastern side of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary stretches over an area of 14 acre land. The sanctuary is home to a large variety of birds, of different species, and also provides shelter to migratory birds, such as Siberian storks. It gives an impetus to the beauty of Kumarakom.
Backwater Cruises
Kumarakom backwater cruises are a unique experience, which would leave a person thrilled and overjoyed. The tranquility of the waters and the freshness of the greenery around would give a lasting impression in the minds of the visitors. The place offers a lot in terms of boat races, houseboat cruise, canoeing and fishing - something which you cannot afford to miss once you are here.
Vembanad Lake
Vembanad Lake offers an enchanting experience to the tourists. The lake is the best picnic spot, where you can relax your mind and body. While the water gives the place a cooling effect, trees and shrubs act as a respite to the parched eyes. The lake is an excellent family-picnic destination too. While seniors can laze around the lake reading a book or talking, youngsters can opt for fishing and boating.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls
Nature seems to be at its best in Kumarakom. Apart from tranquility of the lake and chirpiness of the birds, the place also offers its tourist an opportunity to view a waterfall. Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls are located 18 km from Kottayam town and are an absolute delight to watch, as water tinkles from the height of 100 feet to the ground.
Located near Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal is also called 'Sands of Night'. It is a small island that is easily reachable using the water route. The journey to reach the island is an exhilarating one. Both sides of the lake have breath-taking beauty that would remain etched in the mind of the tourists. The island is home to some rare varieties of migratory birds, serving as a bird watcher's paradise.  
Kumarakom is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala, mainly owing to the picturesque beauty and the serene backwaters that it offers. Being visited by a large number of tourists every year, it offers a wide variety of accommodation options. Though there are only two five star hotels in Kumarakom, Kumarakom Lake Resort and Radisson Plaza Resort & Spa, the four-star ones, like Backwater Ripples and Golden Waters, will not leave you disappointed at all. For those concerned about economy as well as luxury, three star Kumarakom hotels, like Backwater Retreat and Cocobay Resort, will be the best bet. If money is a constraint, opt for either home stays or budget hotels in the place.

How to Reach Kumarakom?

By Air
The nearest airport from Kumarakom is the Cochin International Airport, which is 70 km away.
By Rail
Kottayam is the nearest railway station, with regular local and express trains for all the main cities in and around Kerala.
By Road

Kottayam, the main road junction, is just 14 km from Kumarakom. It is well linked with all the key cities in India, through State and National Highways.

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