Kumarakom Backwaters – 15 km from Kottayam, Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake is a picturesque clean village of Kerala and an enchanting backwater destination too. It is in fact a cluster of little islands with a 14-acre bird sanctuary said to be any birdwatcher’s paradise. It offers many options adventure sport and activities including a walk through its wildlife sanctuary, cruising through the backwaters and fishing. Perhaps the beat way to watch the birds here is a boat trip round the islands fringed by swaying verdant coconut palms, fragrant flowers, multicolored birds and clear blue waters. One of the most preferred tourist destinations, boat races, houseboat cruises and canoeing are some of the prime attractions of the place. Kettuvallams were cargo barges made ingeniously using wooden planks and ropes only and without the use of nails. However, they have now been remodeled as the houseboats to attract the tourists.
Kumarakom is part of the Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala, where farming is done below sea level. The fresh cool breeze and an aura of peace and quietude makes Kumarakom a unique and rejuvenating experience. The Vembanad Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia and offers some of the best backwater cruises. The water-bird sanctuary features domestic birds such as Cuckoos, Wild Ducks, Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teals and Water Fowls along with rare migratory Siberian Storks. The freshwater flora and fauna abounds in the region including tender and abundant freshwater fishes. With its jumble of canals, bridges, silver beaches and dark cheerful, Kumarakom offers a memorable holiday tour.