The serene village with backwaters where Prince Charles celebrated his birthday

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The world famous backwaters of Kumarakom has attracted thousands of tourists every year. The tranquil waters, houseboats, the abundence of birds all makes it a traveler’s paradise. No wonder the heir of British throne Prince Charles chose this destination to celebrate his 65th birthday in 2013.

Earlier Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye stayed here in 2000 and announced a huge package for the tourism development in this area. This brought this destination in limelight.

Location: Kerala , India

Destination type : Backwater destination

History of  Kumarakom

  1. Kumarakom was ruled by the Travancore Royal family
  2. In later part of 19th century an Englishman Henry Baker purchased the land from Raja of Travancore and build himself a grand home
  3. In 1962 the property was sold to Taj group and they converted it into a resort
  4. Kumarakom village became first village in Kerala to launch responsible tourism practices in 2008

Activities for tourists at Kumarakom

  1. Go for a houseboat cruise
  2. Enjoy the village life experience
  3. Get an authentic Ayurveda massage
  4. Attend a Kathakali performance
  5. Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary

How to reach there

Cochin Interntional airport 74 kms away is the nearest airport . It is connected to International destinations like :

  1. Dubai
  2. Kuala Lumpur
  3. Singapore
  4. Sharjah
  5. Colombo etc

It is also connected to domestic destinations in India like :

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Bangalore
  4. Chennai etc


Kottayam railway station 15kms away is the nearest major railway station. It has trains to Indian cities like:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Bangalore
  4. Chennai
  5. Hyderabad etc


The best time to visit Kumarakom are the months November to February

Season Average temperature
Winter season (November to February) 22°C to 30°C
Summer season (March to May) 23°C to 38°C


Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Alleppey (34 kms away)
  2. Vagamon (77kms away)
  3. Kochi ( 50kms away)
  4. Thekkady ( 122kms away)
  5. Marari Beach (30 kms away)

Some hotels in Kumarakom with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

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