Asia's response to Conrad's imagery in Heart of Darkness, Kumarakom is a tropical paradise that will leave visitors amazed and refreshed. Lazy waterways snake towards the ocean, carrying multitudes of houseboats with them and are lined with dense swathes of verdant jungle and swaying palms. Welcome to one of South India's most popular traveller regions. Kumarakom itself consists of a small archipelago on the Vembanad Lake, which is often frequented by hundreds of different species of birds, making the village a paradise for bird enthusiasts.Read More
The world moves much more slowly here in Kumarakom. If tranquility and relaxation is what you are after then you need look no further. Free from the bustling streets and crowded skyscrapers that define many of the large cities in the world, Kumarakom is the antithesis to chaos. Daily activities include taking a swim, watching the sunset over the Vembanad Lake and meandering through the bird sanctuary, which proudly boasts owls, kingfishers, cuckoos and woodpeckers, among others.
It goes without saying that natural beauty is the main attraction of this Keralan backwater village and a perfect example of this can be found at the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls. This cascade falls for over 1000 feet and is a popular picnic destination. Although, if the walking doesn't appeal to you, there is equal beauty to be found on the Kumarakom beach. One other place of interest here is the Juma Masjid, a mosque that dates back over 1000 years and is well worth exploring.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Kumarakom
If you are planning a Kumarakom holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Backwater Ripples Kumarakom
Backwater Ripples is a stylish hotel with spacious rooms, spread over 7 acres of landscaped gardens. Natural light filters through the accommodation, making the rooms feel bright and breezy. Impressive views over the beautiful gardens can be had from each room. The outdoor pool is lined with palm trees and sun loungers and is perfect for relaxing in the sun, while the health club is ideal for those looking to build up a sweat and stay active. The hotel is 70 km from the airport.
Eastend Lakesong Kumarakom
Nestled among the serene backwaters of Kumarakom, Eastend Lakesong comprises of 8 acres of facility packed leisure land. Guests sleep in villas and cottages, which are all well furnished with colourful interiors and comfortable beds. The onsite restaurants offer an excellent selection of local and international cuisine. Why not treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the Ayurveda on site Spa? It is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of exploring in the fierce Indian heat.
Kumarakom Lake Resort Kumarakom
Kumarakom Lake Resort is a stylish resort with suites, villas and houseboat accommodation. Each room is tastefully decorated with colourful and plush furnishings and equipped with all manner of modern amenities. The dining options at the resort are varied, catering to every palate. Guests can choose from a range of cuisines including Chinese, Mughlai and Keralan. For those looking to relax, there are numerous treatments on offer at the Ayurveda spa as well as yoga and meditation. The hotel is 72 km from the airport.
Taj Garden Retreat Kumarakom
The Taj Graden Retreat is a converted 123-year-old colonial bungalow with luxury villas, heritage rooms, charming cottages and quaint houseboats. Each room has been carefully crafted to ensure a stay that is as stylish as it is comfortable. Dive head first into the cool sparkling water of the outdoor pool or indulge in some authentic Keralan cuisine at one of the resort's exquisite dining options to complete your visit. The hotel is 14 km from Kottayam.
Kumarakom Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Kumarakom.