Kumarakom

Introduction & Travel Information

Kumarakom

Introduction

Kumarakom is a tourist village in Kottayam district, Kerala, India. It is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. It is a unique experience that will beckon the visitors time and time again as there are several activities for visitors.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The Bird Sanctuary can be visited by canoes, which can be arranged with local fishermen at the entrance to the sanctuary. A two-hour rowing canoe trip is quite cheap, and is best undertaken in the evening or early morning to avoid the afternoon sun.

Boating on the Backwaters
Another delightful experience while in Kumarakom is the houseboat cruise. The houseboats you find in the backwaters of Kumarakom are in fact a reworked version of the Kettuvallams of olden times. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam word, ‘Kettu’, refers to dwelling structures and ‘Vallom’ means boat. In the olden days, kettuvallam or boat with thatched roof that covers over wooden hulls was used to carry tons of rice and spices.

Ayurvedic Massage
Treat yourself to a traditional Ayurvedic massage at many of the Ayurvedic Massage Centers around and in Spas at Hotels/Resorts.

Kalarippayat, Kathakali shows
Kerala unique matial art in practiced in traditional local gyms nearby. Kathakali shows operated by private operators. Contact your hotel for timing and rates.

Spice Shops
Fresh and orginal spices, masalas and condiments available at many of the shops.

Local Cuisine
The traditional local cuisine is a favourite among tourists. The spicy mouth watering dishes best enjoyed in Toddy Shop & Houseboats.

Fesh Toddy
The unique fresh spirit made from coconut tree is a local drink as well as a must drink in any tourists list. Available at local toddy shops.

Canoeing & Kayaking
You can learn canoeing and kayaking on the vast Vembanad lake assisted by experts.

Fishing
You can try your luck by joining with the local fisherman to catch fresh fishes from the lake.

Houseboats
Kettuvallam is a house boat widely used in the Indian state of Kerala. These have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. In particular, the house boats were used to ship rice and spices and other goods between Kuttanad and the Cochin port. A standard house boat, which could be about 100 feet long, can hold up to 30 tons, and that is as much as three big lorries can. For the royalty these boats even became comfortable living quarters. It was the important mode of transportation in coastal Kerala just because of its accessibility to the most remote areas.

It took the vision and enterpreneurship of a couple of enterprising young men to refurbish one of these leviathans, hoisting on to it a wooden super-structure incorporating a huge bed room, a toilet, a kitchenette and an open balcony. The ancient houseboat with a modernized interior became a hot favourite with tourists. As the houseboats glide over the Kerala backwaters at a leisurely pace, the sights are new, the sounds are new, and every sensation is new every passing moment. The tourists, with foreigners in large numbers, have helped not only to revive the good old kettuvallams but even make it popular.

Travel Informations

Location
Kumarakom sitauated just 16 km from Central Kerala town Kottayam on NH 212.

How to reach
Airport: Cochin International airport 100 km
Railway Station: Kottayam 16 km
Bust Station: At Kottayam 16 km

Mode of Transport in Kumarakom
Local Taxis, and 3 wheeler autos available.

Bank Timings
Most banks open from 10.00 to 15.30 hours on weekdays. Closed on sundays and 2nd & 4th saturdays. 24 hours ATM's available around the town.

Foreign Exchange
Hotels and Foreign Exchange outlets exchange foreign currencies and travellers cheques.

Postal & Telephone
Government post offices open 09.00 to 15.00 hrs. Private courier services are also available.
Public telephone with international and national dialling available at hotels and STD/NSD booths.

Shopping
The main shopping items are Spices, Artefacts and special Souvenirs made by local craftsmen.