Called the ‘Queen of the Vembanad Lake,’ Kumarakom is an idyllic village located near the backwaters of the southern state of Kerala. The village is situated on man-made land that was reclaimed from the Vembanad lake and is famous for its serene stretches of backwaters and lush greenery.
Since ancient times, the area has been coveted for its fertile land and beautiful scenery. In modern times however, Kumarakom is famous for being one of the most frequently visited tourist spots in the country. The number of famous Kumarakom lake resorts and hotels prove its popularity among visitors to Kerala. Kumarakom is also home to many centres for Ayurvedic therapies and treatments. These beautiful and serene holistic healing centres are not only known to be effective at curing many ailments but also make for beautiful holiday experiences.
here are many things to see and experience in Kumarakom. If you are planning to spend a few days of quiet and peace at this beautiful village, then here are three experiences you shouldn’t miss out on.
- Houseboat ride: Surrounded by swaying coconut trees and lush greenery, the backwaters stretch for miles. Listen to the lapping of the water and the quiet chirping of birds as you drift down the backwaters on a quaint houseboat. The houseboat ride is an absolute must if you visit Kumarakom. Many restaurants in Kumarakom offer romantic candle-lit dinners on houseboats. Sleep lulled by the soft rocking of the boat and wake up to spectacular sunrises that set the backwaters aglow.
- Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: The interminable stretches of lush greenery and flowing waters attract a large number of birds to the village. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to a number of rare migratory birds like the Siberian Crane and other species of herons, waterfowl etc. Spread across a vast 14 acres, the sanctuary attracts hundreds of visitors during the winter months to spot the migratory birds that nest here. The best way to experience the sanctuary is to take the 1.5 km walking track early in the morning. You might get to spot herons, cranes, waterfowl and other birds like parrots and larks.
- Ayurvedic massages and spa: Kerala is famous for the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda. There are many spas in Kumarakom that offer luxurious and customised Ayurvedic treatments. Rejuvenate body and mind by choosing a relaxing and refreshing Ayurvedic treatments at one of the many spas in Kumarakom. Many of these luxurious spas are located on the banks of the river and offer stunning views and luxurious cottages to stay in as well. Let time stand still as you surround yourself with the beauty of pristine and untouched nature in Kumarakom. Wake up to beautiful sunrises, witness stunning sunsets and leave the world behind in the time in-between.