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A Trip to Kumarakom in Kerala India

Updated on December 16, 2016
Vembanad Lake
Vembanad Lake | Source

Kumarakom – A dream come true

Kumarakom in Kerala, India is my dream destination. It is situated 16 km from the Kottayam town located on the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. Vembanad Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Kerala. Many marine and freshwater species are found in abundance in this lake.

The Arabian Sea is on the western side of Lake Vembanad. You can enjoy the fresh sea breeze with a tinge of saltiness in the air. Be enchanted by the sunrise and the sunset. The sunset is a spectacular feast for the eyes. The sun sets in different shades of orange and red. The hues and the vibrancy of the sun will hold you spellbound.


Kumarakom is luscious and green. Many canals and waterways interconnect Kumarakom. There are lush paddy fields irrigated by the many waterways and canals. Coconut trees are found in abundance. Coconut water is sweet and a great energizer when you are tired. A sip of the coconut water after a long walk is very refreshing and boosts your energy levels.

Many resorts line the shores of Vembanad Lake. There are big budget resorts to small budget ones from which you can choose.

Houseboats can be hired, and you can spend your time in the boat instead of a hotel. The boat will rock you to sleep all the while gently bobbing up and down lulling you into a deep, peaceful slumber.

The tourist resorts arrange for boat rides on the Arabian Sea. These boats are traditional boats with thatched roofs.

Kettuvellam - Boat Race
Kettuvellam - Boat Race | Source

Boat Race

The boat race is held during a festival called “Onam" with great pomp and splendour. Many types of elegantly crafted snake boats take part in the race. It is a prestigious event for the local people. There are many oarsmen in a single boat. They sing a loud and merry song and row to the rhythm of the beat.


Bird Sanctuary

The other attraction is the bird sanctuary which spreads over 13 acres of land. Many species of birds migrate to this bird sanctuary. There are canoes at the entrance to this sanctuary. These canoes can be hired, and the ride lasts for about two hours through the bird sanctuary. This is a true haven for bird watchers. Egrets, Herons, Siberian Storks, ducks, cuckoos and many more species of birds can be spotted during summer.

There are many Ayurveda spas you can visit. They offer various Ayurvedic treatments and body massages with herbal oils unique to Kerala.

Kumarakom is a place where you can see nature in all its glory. Kumarakom is my dream destination. Make it yours too.

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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Robert Sacchi am glad you came to know about this beautiful place.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for posting an article about this interesting place. This is the first I've learned about Kumarakom.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Binnyo1 thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      mary615 thank you for the many votes, pin and share. I do hope you get to visit someday soon. Norway is a lovely place to visit.

      Jodah thank you for your visit, it is a wonderful place. Thanks for the vote too.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a beautiful part of the earth Kumarakom is Vellur. Thank you for sharing this wonderful travel hub and lovely photos. Voted up.

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      Ijeoma Peter 

      5 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria


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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I would like to visit, but I can't honestly say it would be next on my bucket list. There are a couple of other places I'd like to see first. I want to see Norway!

      Voted UP, etc. and shared. Pinned to my travel board.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      AudreyHowitt thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      What a beautiful destination Vellur!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Mike Robbers, thank you. Kumarkom is really beautiful and green.

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      Mike Robbers 

      6 years ago from London

      A really beautiful place and a great destination, Vellur. I loved your photos and the presentation!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      radhikasree thank you, yes it is very beautiful.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Even if Kerala is my native place I yet have to visit Kumarakam. I've seen it on my journey to Trivandrum by bus. It's really awesome!

      Up and beautiful!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Jools99 thank you for stopping by. You should visit India someday, you will enjoy the experience.

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      No wonder you love this place! It looks so beautiful. I am ashamed to say that I do not really know very much about India, other than various curry dishes and when I see photos like these ones and an article like this one, I am sold! I would love to visit India some time. Great hub, great photos.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      rajan jolly thank you, Kumarakom is beautiful and green. A wonderful place for a vacation.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Nithya, Kumarakom seems like a beautiful place to be in on a vacation. The pictures are lovely.

      voted up and beautiful.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Milllionaire Tips you should go and visit whenever you have the time, it is a wonderful place. Thank you.

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      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      That looks like a beautiful place to visit. It looks so peaceful and refreshing. I am going to have to add that to places I want to visit.

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      Kimberly Lake 

      8 years ago from California

      I have never heard of this place. It looks beautiful. I love the boats and bird sanctuary. This could be my dream place too. Voted up, interesting and Pinned

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      KoffeeKlatch Gals am very happy you liked Kumarakom, it is a very beautiful place. Thankyou for your appreciation and vote.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a beautiful place. As I viewed your pictures and read your description I felt as though I was taking a tour. You certainly sold me on Kumarakom. Up and beautiful.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you for you appreciation and vote. I enjoy your visits and comments.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      Voted up and across, you did a fantastic job with photography and information.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      MSantana Kumarakom is a treat for your eyes. Thankyou for reading and commenting.

      Deborah Brooks thankyou for your vote and the appreciation.

      teaches12345 thankyou for reading and commenting, Kumarakom is a great place for a vacation.

      Movie Master thankyou for reading and the appreciaiton. Am so happy that you liked the title. Thankyou for the vote too.

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love the title and Kumarakom really does sound a dream destination.

      I could taste the coconut and visualise the beautiful sunsets, I would love to visit.

      Thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      You make it sound like a dream destination and one that would prove worthwhile. It seems peaceful and as if time stands still there which is what is needed on any vacation. Hope you get to go there some day. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Just beautiful.. I wouldn't mind visiting myself.

      Thanks for sharing

      Voted up


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      8 years ago from Madison Wisconsin

      Thank you for sharing information about your experiences. Indeed this is a beautiful place!


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