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Places to visit in Kumarakom, Kerala – Here is a list of engaging places

Kumarakom is a cluster of many small man-made islands and is located at a distance of 16km from Kottayam in Kerala. Kumarakom is located near Kottayam, Kerala. Situated near the banks of Vembanad Lake, the city of Kumarakom is a cluster of several islands together. The city is quite known for its paddy fields, backwaters, delicious cuisines and many more. Well, interested to find more about this place? If yes, then how about discovering the top places to visit in Kumarakom? Sounds good, huh? Well, now quickly have a read and find out everything you need to know about the top places.

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Places to visit in Kumarakom

1. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

The first place to enter the list of top places to visit in Kumarakom is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Vembanad Sanctuary is home to different kinds of birds. This colourful breathtaking sanctuary is located exactly in Kottayam, Kerala. The Sanctuary has the famous Vembanad lake as its neighbour from where the park gets its waters from. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is also home to several migratory birds. It is land of ecstasy for all the bird lovers out there. The park also rents out houseboats and motorboats to go further out to spot the birds. In addition, the best time to visit this place is from November to February. The park is open on all days of the week from 6:30 AM to 5 PM. Also, do not miss walking along the butterfly trail to spot the colourful butterflies that are in different shapes and sizes.

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2. Backwaters of Kumarakom

Kerala is famous for its silent backwaters. Spread all over the state, the land is aquatic as it can get. The city gets its water from the nearby Vembanad Lake. Surrounded for 17 kilometres by water, the state has the largest freshwater lake. The state of Kerala is also famous for its backwater tourism and picturesque destination. Vembanad Lake of Kumarakom is the starting point for all of Kerala’s beauty. It was earlier known as the Baker Estate. These backwaters of Kerala are also home to colourful flora and fauna.

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In addition, do not miss taking a boat ride which is one of the best things to do here. Rent a cruise or boat and go around the silent waters of Kumarakom. There are several trips organised by tour operators near the lake. Some of these tours are done for an entire day and include meals and snacks. Want to know what it is like to wander the lakes in the full moon? Just like day trips, there are many night trips. Enjoy watching the sunset with your loved ones as you sail across the backwaters of Kumarakom. If you are travelling to Kerala during Onam, consider yourself lucky. Get a chance to witness the famous boat races of Kerala with people enthusiastically promoting and cheering.

3. Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Located in the Allepey region near Kumarakom is the Bay Island Driftwood Museum. This museum was found by a school teacher named Raji Punnwoose. Raji Punnoose is a famous art teacher known for her unique art techniques used in all of her woodwork. The Driftwood Museum in Kumarakom exhibits of all kinds of artwork created using wood. Woods made from the tree trunk and stumps have been used to create replications of birds, animals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes. Her finest works have been a spectacular talk and the museum is also listed in the Limca Book of records. In addition, the museum is open all days of the week except Mondays. The museum is open from 10 AM – 5 PM on Tuesdays to Saturday and 11:30 AM – 5 PM on Sundays.

4. Fishing Areas

For all those who know about Kerala, we all know how much they love their food. Fishes are one of the main ingredients in cooking in Kerala. While travelling to Kerala, you must definitely try their soul comforting simple foods. What is fun here? Catch your very own lunch by spending a while fishing at the backwaters of Kumarakom. Cook and enjoy the freshly caught fish with some alcohol. Apart from fishes, be sure to try picking clams which are another unique seafood.

5. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

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The fifth one to enter the list of top places to visit in Kumarakom is the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall. This waterfall is a 30 feet long waterfall in Kumarakom. This place is a perfect spot to visit with your family during the monsoon as the weather gets chilly. If you are not a monsoon person, you can visit here during the summer and enjoy taking a swim. Waterfalls in Kerala are well known for its medicinal properties in them. So worry not about the hygiene of the waters. Enjoy a quick lunch along the densely covered forest and try hiking for a good digestion. Aruvikkuzhi is a perfect getaway for locals and tourists.

6. Toddy Shops

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While exploring the city walking or going around the bike, you might come across small shops with “Kallu” written on a dark blackboard. Toddy or Kallu is nothing but palm wine traditionally prepared. It is said to be the famous local drink of Kerala. So, make sure to visit the toddy shops in your vacation to Kumarakom.

7. Beaches of Kumarakom

Beaches are everywhere. Kumarakom is quite known for its beaches and engaging activities. Walk around the brown sands, swim in the pristine clear waters, or hog at the local restaurants to be a Keralite. There are several beaches in Kumarakom that might make you, turn your neck around. So, make sure you visit the beaches which are one of the top places to visit in Kumarakom.

That was a great list, huh? Now, you can plan your vacation to Kumarakom between the months of September and March. This is the best time to visit Kumarakom as summers can get pretty hot. Visit Pickyourtrail website and find the perfect itinerary to Kumarakom. Go around the website and check out different Kerala packages and deals and select the one you like. Need help? Talk to our travel consultants or drop a text on Whatsapp and we will get back to you shortly.

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