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A Trip to Kumarakom in Kerala India
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.
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.
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.