The town of Kumarakom is a village accompanied by a cluster of islands situated on the serene Vembanad Lake. It has canal-linked lagoons and lakes, verdant hills, mangrove forests and coconut groves. The town has been ranked as one of the top 50 must-visit destinations in the world by the National Geographic Traveller. The lake on the Kumrakom side is much more vast the lake on the Alleppey side.
Kumarakom offers cruises in traditional houseboats for travellers to enjoy a rich experience of exploring the backwaters. The cruise offers a tremendous opportunity to view the scenic backwaters and the lush green villages on the shores. The experience is both refreshing and rejuvenating. Kumarakom has a beautiful canal through which the houseboat passes. It offers a beautiful experience of exploring the local life. To explore it more fully, you need to take the Shikkara cruise or the canoe ride.
In Kumarakom, travellers get views of Chinese Fishing Nets, lush paddy fields, quaint village homes, coconut groves and traditional fishing operations. You can also catch glimpses of blooming lilies, lotuses and many other exotic flowers and plants. During the Onam season, travellers can also watch the thrilling snake boat races.
The most significant attraction of Kumarakom is its beautiful bird sanctuary which spreads across an area of 14 acres. It features hundreds of varieties of native as well exotic birds. As you cruise through the backwaters of Kumarakom, you can enjoy watching many birds and the chirping sounds make the trip even more enjoyable. If you take an early morning cruise, you could spot more birds than you would in the bird sanctuary. Flamingos can be spotted during a particular season. The climate of Kumarakom is cool and breezy.