A huddle of tiny islets on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is best known for its backwater cruise. It is also famous for the bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit.
The name Kumarakom comes from Lord Kumaran who was worshipped here. It lies on the shores of the pleasant Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad, a few kilometres on the west of Kottayam town. Kuttanad comprises of a number of islands in the backwaters and waterways linking the islands and provides enough panoramic treat for the visitors. Kumarakom is Kerala's heartland of lagoons, palm fringed lakes and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals and with the typical low slung country boats that carry almost everything. You may also hire boats and houseboats for joyrides or overnight trips on the Vembanad Lake from here.
A huddle of tiny islets on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a pictorial, unsoiled village. Popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala, Kumarakom is the invigorating and fascinating paradise with a variety of flora and fauna. It makes an exciting tourist destination among the country side watching the evergreen paddy fields, large area of mangrove forests stretching into acres of land with the rows of the palm trees by the sea shores. It is also famous for the bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit.
Lunch at Philpkutty Farm
Philipkutty's Farm is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the real Keralan experience in a fascinating location.
Set on a beautiful small farm island which was actually reclaimed from the backwaters (Vembanad Lake) in the early 1950's by the owner's grandfather. The working farm, which practices sustainable/organic methods of farming, is two meters below the lake level and has coconut, toddy, nutmeg, banana, cocoa and pepper cultivation not to forget the jumbo prawn (scampi) and karimeen (pearlspot) found in some of the farm canals. Though accessible by road (up to the opposite bank), it is the 'vallam' (countryboat) that will finally take you across.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Spread across 14 acres, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds. Situated in the Kerala Backwaters, it is the first scientifically formed and preserved bird sanctuary in India, with about180 species of birds.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, is on the banks of Vembanad Lake. The bird sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. In addition, get thrilled of the native kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under rookeries of egrets and night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers.
Shikara Boats, comparatively small in size than houseboats and motorboats, features beautiful handicraft work in elegant Kerala style. These boats are mainly used for sightseeing.
Shikara ride in backwaters involves cruise in a small boat with its roof covered and all the sides are open for the sightseeing. It is advisable to start the journey in early morning to enjoy from the sunrise to the birds singing, the cool breeze and the backwaters. The best feature of Shikara boats is that it can travel to very small canals where houseboats and motor boats cannot reach.
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A tour though the scenic countryside on cycles or car seeing the locals go about their day to day life.
Start early to a visit a fisherman's beach where you witness live action of boatmen bringing in their fresh catch of fishes for auction. Enroute visit coir yarning and mat weaving units. Later continue the drive to reach the beautiful farmhouse set by the backwater. Breakfast will be served before the cycling tour. Interact with the family and exchange experiences with brief introduction to some of the heritage relics available in the house. After breakfast, start pedalling through the local countryside. Later at the river bank, cross over to the other side on a canoe. Continue cycling for another 4kms to reach the fish market. The Expedition Manager will explain the life and activities around the market. Giving an insight of how well the economy is balanced among the communities. Cycle again, for a stretch of 7kms back, to the farm house.