Kumarakom is a wonderland of Kerala which is known for its enchanting backwaters. This village retreat nestled in the small islets at the heart of Vembanad Lake has to be seen to be believed. This beautiful backwaters destination is enthralling to be at, with the blue backwaters on the surface of Vembanad Lake reflecting the azure sky.
Ranked as one of the top 50 destinations of a lifetime by the National Geographic Traveler Kumarakom backwaters make for a massive irrigation system of canal-linked lagoons and lakes. These majestic backwaters are framed by lush golden bowls of ripe paddy fields, deep green fronds of palm trees along with the quaint fishing villages lining the canal banks. All of this and more make Kumarakom a popular holiday destination amongst the discerning luxury travelers and nature lovers.
Kumarakom village is centralized ferry ride away from the districts of Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam all of which are distinctively beautiful for their own allures and charms. The Vembanad Lake traversing Kumarakom town not only makes for the prime source of irrigation for the low-lying Kuttanad paddy fields but is also popular for its shores being home to one of the largest water-fowl population.
Cruising on the Kumarakom backwaters is one of the best ways to explore the water-logged beauty encased in this area. While cruising enjoy a close view of the Gods own country’s panoramic backwaters stretches. Enjoy the scenic sites of lush paddy surroundings and exotic village life from close quarters while you sail through a network of canals and rivers empty into the large expanse of water of the Vembanad Lake.
The best time to explore the serene beauty of Kumarakom is indubitably between the months of August and September. At this time of the year this tranquil town play host to the Onam Festival, the National Festival of Kerala. This region comes alive with various dances and high-energy traditional competitions like Snake Boat racing. The locals get engaged in the preparation to welcome and feast the demon king Mahabali , who is believed to spread prosperity and joy amongst the people.