Kumarakom Backwaters

(10 km from Kottayam): A voyage north of Alappuzha takes you to the rich green, sleepy little village of Kumarakom on the Vembanad lake.An enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, Kumarakom provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating.An exclusive attraction of this much sought after backwater resort is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a fabourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal.

A pleasure trip to wembanad lake gives you an opportunity to explore the rich flora and fauna is supported by enchanting water world.Kumarakom is well equiopped with a rang of luxury and budget resorts with unique leisure options like massage,meditation,yoga,etc.

Kumarakom has a wide variety of houseboats and is well known throughout the world for houseboat experience. A separate boat known as Kettuvallam is used by the people to go fishing or to transport goods. Apart from these, there are elegant special boats like Kochu-odi Vallam, Odi-Vallam, Iruttukutthi Vallam, Churulan Vallam and Chundan Vallam (Snake Boat), which take part in the boat races around Onam time including Nehru Trophy boat race Alappuzha (The most famous boat race in Kerala). The pride of Kumarakom in boat races in Kerala is two main boat clubs called KBC (Kumarakom Boat Club) and KTBC (Kumarakom Town Boat Club) which won Nehru trophy several times. Kumarakom will be in the Retheme of boat race during the first two weeks of August. This is the most perfect time to visit Kumarakom because tourists are able to see the trials (practice) of snake boats and other boats which is like a festival in Kumarakom. More than 1000 oarsmen in boats of different sizes and shapes will participate in this event.The Kumarakom boat-race is conducted in the big canal in the centre near the market. The Sree Narayana Ever Rolling Trophy will be given to the winner at the end of the day.There is a private sailing club in Kumarakom, located on the shore of the Vembanad lake.





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