An extravagant cluster of islands with enchanting backwaters is what sums up Kumarakom, Kerala’s backwater destination. Nature has generously bestowed upon this land with breathtaking views, which it flaunts so humbly. It is a place you would want to visit, time and time again.
What to See
Bay Island Driftwood Museum displays a unique collection of superior quality driftwood sculptures of high artistic value. Visitors can find a huge collection of root sculptures of various shapes and designs in this museum. It is a unique museum and well worth a visit. Collected over a period of 25 years during her stay in Andaman and Nicobar, the artefacts are the result of Ms. Raji Punnoose’s artistic eye identifying interesting shapes and figures in wood otherwise considered sea debris.
One among the most popular bird watching spots in the country, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread over 14 hectares. While here, one can see a variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands. People who visit in June and August are treated to many rare sights. Birds such as Indian Darter, Little Cormorant, different species of egrets and herons, White Ibis and several species of kingfishers call this sanctuary their home.
It would be unfair to leave Kerala without witnessing Kathakali or Mohiniyattam performance. Kumarakom happens to be an amazing place to enjoy these traditional dance forms. The bold form, dynamic mudras, diverse facial expressions and the charismatic accompanying rhythm of the dance forms make these a much loved spectacle. A lot of luxury hotels in Kumarakom host Kathakali and Mohiniyattam performances to entertain their guests.
What to Do
The backwaters of Kumarakom are the major and most significant attraction here. Home to the serene and beautiful Vembanad Lake, it singlehandedly boosts over 60 per cent of the city’s tourism. Just rent a houseboat and traverse across the lake. The view offered is like no other; the green paddy fields and the Mangrove forests fight for attention; along with the canals bedded by white lilies draw tourists to this spot from all over the world. The journey also takes you through the lovely villages of Kerala. The houseboat tours usually last for about four hours and lunch is served in the boat itself.
Where to stay
Set amidst eight acres of lush tropical gardens, Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond houses 27 luxurious villas designed to maximise the glorious views of Vembanad Lake. Meandering pathways lead to tasteful living spaces that are in complete harmony with nature amidst breezy coconut palms and tropical foliage. Few of the rooms here feature private pools and the two restaurants offer some of the finest regional as well as global cuisine in the Kerala backwaters.
Kumarakom Lake Resort on the banks of Lake Vembanad is the perfect setting to snatch some quality time away from the hustle and bustle of your daily city life. The resort is surrounded by lush greens & vast skies all in a setting of sinful luxury. They have presidential suites with private pools, heritage villas with a lake view, or a villa that opens into the meandering pool to choose from for your stay.