If I ever had to go back to Kumarakom again, after visiting this backwater town in Kerala already twice, I would go back without any hesitation. Kumarakom, unlike the touristy Alappuzha, is calmer, with better homestays and has places to explore that are not on the map.
Choosing a homestay in Kumarakom by the Vembanad lake can enhance your experience a lot. Doing a houseboat ride is well-known here, but sitting and watching this kind of sunset right from your balcony, is what makes your stay amazing.
In the early morning, we left for Kumarakom Bird sanctuary. All we could hear was the sound of cricket and foot-steps. From the jetty, one could hire these canoes to reach the forest. A canoe ride to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary was a great start of the day. Roaming through the Kumarakom Bird sanctuary was the best morning walk possible.
After a good night's sleep, we got up very early to just sit and watch the fisher men coming in groups. The colours of nature changed from blue to pink to orange in a fascinating way just in a span of a few hours.