Located on the southwestern part of coastal India, Kumarakom is by far one of the most scenic destinations to visit in all of Kerala. When you take Kerala tour packages you get to explore the exquisite beauty of Kumarakom that Mother Nature has blessed it with. Known as the Venice of the East, a term given to it by the governor general of India during the colonial days, due to its grand backwaters and canals that have traditional houseboats afloat them, it is a place that is indeed brimming with natural beauty. The emerald backwaters are not the only things that make this place such a grand one but the exotic flora and fauna along with cascading waterfalls, sanctuaries and temples adds an exotic charm to it.
Attractions in and around
When on Kerala tour packages there are numerous places to visit and when in Kumarakom some of the places that you should definitely visit are as follows:
since Kumarakom itself is situated on the banks of this grand lake, it is something that should definitely be visited. This particular lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in all of Southern India which also serves as a home for migratory and indigenous water birds. This particular lake has a large number of canals, backwaters, lagoons and waterways where you can enjoy a quiet boating experience at your leisure. This great lake is a grand place to enjoy the spectacular sunset too.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
this particular bird sanctuary is one of the best ones in Kerala and has been known to serve as a home to a great variety of birds both indigenous and migratory. The sanctuary is accessible via a canoe as the bigger boats do not fit into the narrow backwaters of the sanctuary. When you visit this place be sure to carry a pair of binoculars as most of the birds are roosted up in the trees and can be difficult to spot with the naked eye.
located a bit far from town at a distance of 18 kilometers this cascading waterfall is one of the best that you will see in Kerala. The water falls from over a height of 100 feet which is an amazing sight to see. The nearby area of the falls also acts as a picnic spot where you can enjoy a meal with your loved ones whilst basking in the beauty of this grand waterfall.
Ettumanoor mahadeva temple
dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva this ancient temple is a highly revered one. The oil lamp that burns in this temple is a very sacred one and is believed never to have been extinguished since the first time it was lit centuries ago. When visiting here it is good to take oil as offering to feed the lamp.
the Vemband Lake offers you a grand place to go on a boat ride when at Kumarakom. You can hire boats that are moored on the banks and take a leisurely ride on the calm lake.
this is one of the most exciting and wonderful activities you can indulge in when here. Discover Kumarakom and its adjoining areas via the emerald backwaters that the state is so well known for. Cruising through the backwaters on a houseboat or a canoe and enjoying the scenic setting of the place is a grand way to enjoy the extensive natural beauty of the place.
Walk in the Bird Sanctuary
though most of the bird sanctuary is located on the backwaters there are places where you can alight from your canoe and take a walk around. With various species of birds that have made it their home indigenous as well as migratory, this is a grand way to see them.