Kumarakom – the must see backwater destination in Kerala

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National geographic magazine has described Kumarakom as one of the must visit places in a lifetime.

This backwater destination has attracted World leaders like previous Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to royalties like Prince Charles of England . In this serene village with backwaters Prince Charles celebrated his birthday. The night cruise in the houseboat and the cultural programs in the houseboats are really extraordinary experiences.

Location: Kerala , India

Destination type : Backwater destination

History of  Kumarakom

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

Activities for tourists at Kumarakom

  1. Visit Bay Island Drift Museum
  2. Go for a houseboat cruise
  3. Get an authentic Ayurveda massage
  4. Attend a Kathakali or any other classical dance performance
  5. Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary

How to reach there

Cochin International 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 within 100 kms

  1. Alleppey backwaters
  2. Vagamon hills
  3. Fort Kochi
  4. Konni Eco tourism
  5. Marari Beach

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

Thomman’s farm stay https://thommans-farm-stay.business.site/

Nallathanka Nest Homestay http://www.stayatkumarakom.com/

Royal Riviera http://www.royalrivierakumarakom.com/

Nallathanka Nest Homestay http://www.stayatkumarakom.com/

Sylvania Tourist Enclave http://sylvaniaenclave.com/

Photo courtesy: By Rison Thumboor – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67765140

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