Kumarakom, a cluster of little islands surrounded by Kerala backwaters, is located at a small distance of 16 kilometers from Kottayam. It is famous for backwater tours in Vembanad Lake — the largest freshwater lake in Kerala.
Kumarakom shot into limelight also because of Arundhati Roy’s book “The God of Small Things”, which is set in Ayemanam Village that lies adjacent to Kumarakom.
In Kerala Tourism Act of 2005, the state government of Kerala had declared Kumarakom as being a Special Tourism zone. This was done to curtail illegal development in the place, which could have ruined the beauty of this Kumarakom.
What to see and where to go
Kumarakom is famous for the diversity of its flora and fauna. It has a very rich bird sanctuary, and every year, many species of migratory birds come to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which never fails bird lovers who come to see this small island-village cluster from around the world. Darters, cuckoo, egrets, herons, teals, wild duck, waterfowls, and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork come here every year to enjoy the serene climate of Kumarakom.
It is a perfect place for those who loves boating and fishing. The Vembanad Lake Kumarakom is alive with freshwater fishes and shrimps, prawns, and Karimeen (Pearl Spot), which makes cruising through backwaters even more fun. Kumarakom is internationally famous for its houseboats and the quality of experience one gets here.
Reaching Kumarakom is not difficult. It is around 80 kilometers away from Cochin International Airport. You can also come by rail. The nearest railway station is Kottayam, and if you want to take a boat ride to Kumarakom then you will have to cruise through Muhamma to Kumarakom Jetty route.
When in Kumarakom, you can also have a glimpse in its village life, which in many senses is representative of village life in Kerala. It, in no way, is less exciting than the houseboat cruises.