Located in the Kottayam district, Kumarakom can be safely termed the face of Kerala tourism. The captivating scenery of a houseboat cruising through the blue lake bordered with lush green shores has become the poster for Kerala’s natural beauty. It is the charm of Kumarakom that is captured in these mesmerizing images. It shows the recognition of the tourist destination in God’s own country.

If you are tired of the buckling work pressure and hectic urban life, you can head to Kumarakom. The serene backwaters, rejuvenating greenery, and relaxing environs beckon you. A peaceful time in the tourist destination is sure to fill you with long-lost joy and enthusiasm.

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The popular tourist destination is located 10 kilometers from the city of Kottayam. Historically, the land witnessed many battles between Thekkumkur and Thiruvithamkoor dynasties. Thus Kumarakom also has a historical significance. Another striking feature is the astounding biodiversity in the lake, as well as the surrounding areas. Kumarakom bird sanctuary – extending over 14 acres – is a haven for indigenous and migratory birds.

There are many sights and activities that you will enjoy in Kumarakom. The most important attractions here are below.

Best Time To Visit Kumarakom

The months between November and February are the best time to visit Kumarakom. During this season, the climate is equal parts cool, pleasant and non-humid. However, the other seasons also have something unique to offer the tourists.

  • Winter Season: Winter, which falls between November and February, is considered the best time to visit Kumarakom. The climate is neither hot nor humid during this time. Atmospheric temperature varies between 20 to 28 degrees Celsius. It is hence the best time for a houseboat ride and trekking. The gentle cool breeze and the pleasant sun are sure to calm your nerves.
  • Summer Season: The time between March and May marks the summer season in Kerala. The temperature can go as high as 36 degrees Celsius. Moreover, the high humidity can cause profuse sweating. However, the tour packages during this time are inexpensive; you do not have to book the homestays in Kumarakom in advance. So if you are looking for a cheap tour package, you can prefer this time of the year. Make sure you carry sunblock cream with you.
  • Monsoon Season: Monsoon is termed the most romantic time in Kerala. Hence it is the best time for honeymooners to visit Kumarakom. The land receives abundant rainfall from June to October. Nevertheless, the downpours seldom become torrential. Pleasant sun greets the region after each session of rain. The temperature during this time varies between 22 to 30 degrees Celsius. During August, the place assumes an enthusiastic air as the famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted during the time.

How To Reach Kumarakom

Kumarakom is easily accessible through road, rail and waterways. You can prefer the one that suits you most.

  • By Road: As Kumarakom is almost 10 Kilometers away from Kottayam city, it is easily accessible by road. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) conducts regular bus service from Kottayam to the tourist destination.
  • By Rail: Kottayam is the nearest railway station to Kumarakom. Regular trains from different parts of India are available to the station as it is an important halt between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. You can hire a taxi service or rely on buses, if you prefer cheaper transport, to reach Kumarakom.
  • By Air: Cochin International Airport is the closest one to Kumarakom. If you are a domestic traveler, you can choose the domestic airport located in the same compound. Hiring a taxi is the best option to reach Kumarakom from the airport. Within two hours, you will arrive at the destination, which is almost 80 kilometers away.
  • By Water: If you want to enjoy the beauty of Kumarakom to the fullest, you can choose to take a boat to the location. Public ferry services run by the Government of Kerala are available from Muhamma Jetty near Alappuzha. The service is at once cheap and rejuvenating. Cheepunkal-Maniaparambu service is best for those who want to enjoy the virgin beauty of Kerala backwater.