Everything moves at a leisurely pace in Kumarakom and sets your mind at peace. The never ending rows of coconut palms gently sway in the breeze, clear water of the lagoons, backwaters flowing peacefully, miles of lush green paddy fields and mangroves that are alive with the call of a thousand birds, all contribute to the peaceful easy feeling that envelopes one in Kumarakom.
How to Reach Kumarakom?
By Air : Kumarakom is served by the Cochin International Airport , situated 70 Km away in Nedumbassery adjoining the fringes of Kochi. One of the busiest airports in India, it is well connected to all major cities. It has a domestic and an international terminal capacitated to handle a large number of passengers during peak hours. At present, the airport is served by eight domestic and 16 international airlines which includes Air India, Jet Airways, Air Asia, Air Arabia, Emirates, SilkAir, Gulf Airand a host of other full service and low cost carriers.
By Rail : There are no railway stations in Kumarakom. The nearest railhead is in Kottayam, placed 16 km from the Kumarakom village. Trains to Kottayam can be boarded at Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. However, it’s wise to board a train at one of the neighbouring states in the region to avoid an exhausting long haul journey.
By Road : Private operators and state departments operate plenty of buses from Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin that access the Kottayam’s main road junction, which is located at a distance of 14 Km from the village. A handful of these buses stop at Kumarakom as well. An affordable option is the KSRTC, a state-run bus service, immensely popular amongst the locals and tourist.
Best Time to Visit Kumarakom
The best time to visit Kumarakom is during the winter season, from September to March when the weather is pleasant enough to enjoy sightseeing, exploring flora and fauna and indulge in various activities that take place during this period.
Summer months, from March to May are hot, with the mercury reaching a maximum of 37°C and hence it is advisable to avoid visiting Kumarakom during summer season.
During the rainy season, from June to September, Kumarakom experiences medium rainfall in Kumarakom. This is the ideal time for bird watching. Several migratory birds can be seen during this season. However, backwater cruising is not permitted at this time.
Things to do in Kumarakom
Kumarakom has much to offer the traveler. On its list of things to do,taking a backwater cruise gets top slot. Cruise to Alleppey or on the Vembanad Lake – this is a great experience and one that will stay with you long after the cruise is over. Go bird watching in the nearby Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, shop for some local handicrafts or just relax and enjoy the greenery that Kumarakom has to offer!
Places Near Kumarakom
Some of the places near Kumarakom are Cochin and Munnar.
Cochin is a bustling port city placed 70 Km from Kumarakom. Sheltered in the lush greens, Cochin stays true to its urban spirit, even though it’s immersed in the cultural framework of the region. The cathedrals scattered throughout the city are breathtakingly beautiful.
Not far from Kumarakom is Munnar, a hill station perched 1600 meters above the sea level. Blanketed by spice plantations, the hills of Munnar invite you for a perfect getaway from the city life.
Hotels in Kumarakom – Choice is Yours
There are numerous hotels in Kumarakom ranging from 3-star, 4-star and 5-star deluxe to budget hotels.