Kumarakom is an exotic cluster of villages in Kerala that was created for tourists by claiming land from the Vembanad Lake that surrounds it. The landscape is covered by greenery consisting of shrubs, grass and bushes punctuated by pretty lilies and other flowers. Coconut trees line the horizon and complete the picture. This sleepy lake village is the abode of countless rare migratory birds, including the Siberian Stork and Waterfowls. Egrets, herons, ducks and kingfisher are also commonly seen here. The Vembanad Lake is home to fish, shrimp and prawn. Tourists frequent this destination for its backwater boathouse rides. Though expensive, the experience is worth it, especially if you have a good chef on board, who can make you delicacies of the local cuisine. Kumarakom also houses the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is a great place to walk around and for birdwatching. If you happen to be here during the festival of Onam, don't miss out on the boat races. Various kinds of boats such as Odi-Vallam, Churulan Vallam, Chundan Vallam and Kochu-odi Vallam are taken over by more than a thousand oarsmen. Canoe trips can be organised on request and are best enjoyed early in the morning or during the evenings.
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
On day 2 we ordered appam & stew (potato gravy made in coconut milk) for breakfast. We ate and ate till the tummy said no more please. :) We clicked so many pictures and I must say the true serenity of the place couldn't be captured in any camera. When we met the owner we had to praise her for the wonderful decor and arrangements. The rooms were so neat and was even equipped with electric kettle and coffee/tea mix. In the evening we visited the bird sanctuary in an auto, but to our disappointment we couldn't see much birds and it was a long walk along muddy paths. It started raining heavily when we were midway and we had to walk back fast before it was dark. I will not advice anyone to visit this place. Rather you should sit back and relax by the lakeside with a coffee and some music. You may also avail the house boat service of the resort at an additional cost.
After researching so many places to spend two days in Kerala we landed up in this heavenly location in June 2015. The name of our stay was Paradise resort and it Truly was one.My husband, although a native of Kerala had not done any sightseeing in our land, he was brought up in Mumbai. On that note, myself having lived in Kerala for 20+ years since birth had never seen Kumarakom before. So in all ways, we were so excited about this journey.We decided not to take a taxi and instead we got down at Kottayam railway station and got an auto to Kumarakom. The person charged about 250 if I remember correctly. The road was a little bumpy and narrow. On the way we could see an array of similar resorts and homestays. As we reached the place we were welcomed with a drink and our luggage was shifted to the small cottage room overlooking the canal.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
• The Bay Island Driftwood Museum houses unique collections of articles made of driftwood. The driftwood articles are highly valued as modern art techniques have been used in their making. The twisted trunks of the trees, roots and stumps were transformed into sculptures. Some sculptures resemble animals, fish and birds. Some driftwood articles could be centuries old as some of the trees that were washed away to the seashore owing to cyclones are ancient.
•Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls are over 100 feet high and is a famous picnic spot. It falls in five steps and it is an ideal location to be photographed. Located amidst rubber plantations, the woody landscape and the streams flowing down make the place one of the most picturesque waterfalls. If you love to trek, you can have a still great time here.Yet another attraction here is the St. Mary’s Church, which is located at the top of Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls.