Kumarakom is widely regarded as a popular tourist destination situated proximate to the city of Kottayam (around 16 kilometres away) in Kerala, India. The small but beautiful town is renowned for its backwater tourism. The beauty of the town is enhanced as it is set against the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake - the largest freshwater lake in Kerala.

Kumarakom was built on man-made land which happened to be reclaimed from the large Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom was derived from the deity of the oldest temple there called Kumaran. Kumaran's place came to be called Kumarakom. The place was considered favourable owing to its fertile land and was also suitable for rice cultivation and coconut trees. The village was once part of Vadakkancore kingdom; however, in 1750, Marthanda Varma, the King of Travacore, conquered and then annexed it to the big city of Travancore. Also, on land granted by the King of Travancore, the first Christian church was constructed in 1769.

Malayalam is the native language of the people of Kumarakom. Everyone in the village can speak Malayalam

Travel Tips

The best time to visit the place is between the winter months of October and March. Visiting the town during the monsoons can be quite a risk.


When to visit

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Things to do

Some of the best things to do and places to visit are:

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (popularly known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary) is located at Kumarakom in Kottayam district in Kerala. Set against the backdrop of the Kerala Backwaters, the bird sanctuary is every ornithologist's dream place to visit owing to the presence of a large number of migratory birds. 

Bay Island Driftwood Museum is also another popular tourist destination as it offers a glimpse into the history of the place. However, this tourist destination is well-known for its backwater boathouse rides. These houseboat rides can be fairly expensive to avail of but they come with a chef on board who can rustle up some exotic local cuisine. The experience of sailing down the river with the coconut trees on either side is well worth every penny spent.

Backwater cruises is the best way to explore the Vembanad backwaters is to hire a Kettuvallom, the traditional rice boat-turned-houseboat. 

Getting Around

On land, the best way to explore the region is by auto rickshaw or cabs; tourists can also hire bicycles and motorcycles. However, to explore the backwaters, there are a number of motorboats which can be hired for a day tour.

Luxury houseboats are available for overnight tours of the surrounding natural beauty.

Places to Stay

This is one destination where the hotel you stay in will be a very large part of your holiday. Most of the Kumarakom resorts make excellent use of the Vembanad or its canals, revel in Kerala heritage furnishings and offer great Kerala Ayurvedic treatments.

Kumarakom has many expensive rsorts and quite a few inexpensive home stays.

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport located around 80 kilometres away. The airport is well-connected to all major cities in India.
  • The nearest railway station is at Kottayam � well-connected to other parts of the state and the country.One can travel by boat to Muhamma (near Alappuzha) to Kumarakom Jetty.
  • The KSRTC (16 kilometres) bus service connects the town to other parts of the state. Also, taxis are available easily from Kottayam.

Surrounding Attractions

Some of the nearby places that tourists can visit when on holiday in Kumarakon include:








Emergency No.

Government Medical College Kottayam

Telephone: +91-481-2597284, +91-481-2597279


Tourist Information toll free number

Telephone: 1-800-425-4747


Police Station, Kumarakom 

Telephone: +91-481-2524339


Taxi Service

Telephone: +91-97461-23234