If backwaters are on your mind, head straight to Kumarakom in Kerala!

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18th Oct 2019

Kottayam in images | (C) Riddhi Debh

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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.

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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.

(C) Riddhi Debh

Photo of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Observatory Tower, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala, India by riddhidebh

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Photo of Vembanad Lake, Kerala by riddhidebh

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Photo of Malarikkal Sunset View Point, Thiruvarpu, Kerala, India by riddhidebh

(C) Riddhi Debh

Photo of Malarikkal Sunset View Point, Thiruvarpu, Kerala, India by riddhidebh

We could see lots of birds during our house-boat ride. Houseboat ride on Vembanad lake could be quite a romantic experience.

Photo of Vembanad Lake, Kerala by riddhidebh

(C) Riddhi Debh

Photo of Vembanad Lake, Kerala by riddhidebh

The coracle ride in the water lily pond was a unique experience while watching the sun setting on the horizon.

(C) Riddhi Debh

Photo of Malarikkal Sunset View Point, Thiruvarpu, Kerala, India by riddhidebh
Photo of Malarikkal Sunset View Point, Thiruvarpu, Kerala, India by riddhidebh

(C) Riddhi Debh

Photo of Malarikkal Sunset View Point, Thiruvarpu, Kerala, India by riddhidebh

This side of Kerala backwater, in the season, was full of beautiful water lilies. I could see a glimpse of that during our house-boat ride.

About 12 km away from Kottayam town, water lilies bloom in abundance in Malarikkal. One could take a canoe or coracle ride during the sunset to experience this heavenly view.

This place was so calm, that one could peacefully engage in doing yoga, reading a book, or just listening to the birds chirping away.

While Kumarakom is beautiful across years, September to November, will be the best time to visit to experience the water lilies in full bloom.

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