Kumarakom located 16 km away from Kottayam town, is one of well known tourist destination in Kerala. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Tourist retreats in Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. Kumarakoram forms a part of Kerala's rice bowl, the Kuttanand region which is the ideal destination for the backwater cruises. The Backwaters of Kumarakoram offers an exciting and enthralling backwater tourist destination among the country side watching the evergreen paddy fields, large area of mangrove forests stretching into acres of land with the rows of the palm trees by the sea shores. This little village is an island of paradise, untouched by time.The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live here in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.

Kottayam is a place strangely ancient in spirit but fairly modern in atmosphere. This land, located in the erstwhile Central Travancore, is remarkably fertile and brilliantly green.The town of Kottayam is also the birth place of the publishing industry and the home of the Fourth Estate in Kerala. Land of Latex because the district abounds in extensive rubber plantations which earned for its headquarters the sobriquet. A trip from Kottayam to Thekkady, along the zig-zag Kumily road, offers breath-taking views of rubber, coffee and tea plantations.The vivid blue and green palmfringed backwaters of Kottayam is a perennial source of attraction to the tourists.

The house boats that offer a unique atmosphere of spending the night on the waters beneath the shining moon is really an experience tourists would always remember. A ride by the country side gives a closer look at the rural way of livelihood. One can always have the opportunity to see the fisherman at work, the ladies deep in the water search the tasty Karimeen fish for a grand dinner. Situated on the bank of the Verbanad lake, the small water world offers the experience of the country crafts, canoes for gliding on the waters.

This palm-green commercial town of Kerala is one of the finest natural harbors in the world from where ships set sail for foreign ports with different products of Kerala, like seafood, pepper, rubber and coir. Across the bridge into the old city, there are bastions and streets built by the Portuguese over 500 years ago. It was here in St. Francis Church that the body of Vasco Da Gamma was originally buried. The enormous fishing nets on the sea front of Cochin provide a charming view.

Location info:

Kumarakom located 16 km away from Kottayam town


Kumarakom enjoys a well-balanced tropical climate. The lowest and highest temperatures recorded are 16.10 C and 37.80 C. There is always a cool, fresh breeze, which makes even the warmest weather readily agreeable. The South West monsoon is from early June to early August. However, slight drizzles persist till early November. Average rainfall is 1100 mm per year. The peak tourist season is from November to March.

History of Kottayam City (Kumarakom):

The history of Kottayam is significant from the time of the second Chera Empire who used to have a great influence on the region. Maharaja Marthandaverma had a great influence on the state of Kerala as a ruler. He conquered the Vembolinadu established by his former rulers. Since ages, Kottayam has been regarded as one of the most important places of Kerala both politically and otherwise.

Educational Institutions Kottayam City (Kumarakom):

Manjoorans Group of Institutes
Municipal Building, Kanjikuzhy, Kottayam, Kerala 686004 - 09745344522

Baselius college
NH 220, Kerala

Kottayam Medical College
Arpookara, Kottayam, Kerala - 0481 2597284

Government Dental College
Aarppookkara, Kottayam, Kerala - 0481 2594046

Govt. College
Nattakom, Kottayam, Kerala

Saint Gits Engineering College
Chethipuzha Parathumpara Road, Kottayam, Kerala 686532 - 0481 2436169

Kuriakose Elias College
Manannem, , Kerala - 0481 2597374

Medical College Ladies Hostel
Aarppookkara, Kottayam, Kerala

Nair Service Society Hindu College
Changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala

Govt. Model Polytechnic College
SH 1, Kottayam, Kerala

Medical College Mens Hostel
Kottayam, Kerala

Homeo college hospital
Kottayam, Kerala

College Hostel
Kottayam, Kerala

Medical College Casualty
Aarppookkara, Kottayam, Kerala

Medical College Junction
Aarppookkara, Kottayam, Kerala

Medical College Adminstrative block
Aarppookkara, Kottayam, Kerala

Pushpagiri Medical College and Hospital
Pushpagiri Buildings, Pathanamthitta, Kerala - 0469 2700755

Medical College Play Ground
Athirampuzha Medical College Road, Amalagiri, , Kerala

BK College Auditorium
BK College Rd, Amalagiri, , Kerala


The local language spoken here is Malayalam the mother tongue of the people of Kerala known as keralites or Malayalees


How to reach Kottayam City (Kumarakom)?

Nearest Railway Station:The nearest Railway station is at Kottayam and regular local and Express trains connect the city with other major cities within and outside the state.
Nearest Airport:The nearest Airport is situated at Cochin 70 kms away, which is an international airport.

Road Transport:Kottayam is 14 kms from Kumarakom and both state highway and National Highway are operational connecting it to major destinations in India.

Cochin – 76Km (1and half hr)
Alleppey – 50Km (1and half hr)
Thekkady – 114Km (3hrs)
Munnar - 142Km (3 and half hrs)
Kollam – 100Km (2hrs)
Trivandrum – 152Km (4 hrs)
Varkala – 126 Km (3hrs)
Kanyakumari – 248Km (7hrs)
Madurai – 250Km (7hrs)
Coimbatore – 272Km (5hrs)
Bangalore – 580Km (13hrs)
Goa – 900Km
Chennai – 680Km

Tourist Attraction of Kottayam City (Kumarakom)

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls
This fascinating waterfall descending from a height of 100 ft is located 2 km from Kumarakom. It is a picturesque picnic spot with roaring sound of flowing water and sparking streams meandering through the landscape.

Pathiramanal, meaning (sands of midnight), is an island with enthralling beauty on the island on the Vembanad Lake and is accessible by a boat from Kumarakom .This backwater island is the abode of many exceptional and unusual kind of migratory birds who migrate from various parts of the world. Thus this bird sanctuary of Kumarakom is an ornithologist’s paradise as it is the favorite stamping ground of migratory birds such as cuckoo, darters, egret, herons, teal, and so on. The perfect way to view this sanctuary is skirting it in a boat.

It is a very old town well-known for its 700 years-old churches, the Cheria palli ('small church') with rare and fabulous paintings over the altar and the Valia palli('Big Church') located atop a hillock over a small clump of houses.

Vembanad Lake
The beauty of the back waters cannot be described in words, one has to come to this enchanting landscape to believe its natural beauty with his own eyes. The shining waters which are endless and unbelievable with the naked eyes brings an alluring charisma to the body and mind. An experience taken and preserved for a lifetime. The boat races,house boat cruises,canoeing and fishing are not to be missed at all. The Kettuvalams which have a living room, a bedroom chamber, a bath and a private sit out in the frontal part of the boat is a real pleasure.

The Ettumanoor Shiva Temple
Which lies 12 km north of town, has exquisite wall paintings and sculptures inside the temple. The renowned Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple is situated in the core of Kottayam town.

Vaikom Temple
This Shiva temple is believed to be related with the legendary figure- Parshurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is a magnificent work of art and exhibits the classical style of Kerala Temple architecture.

Elaveezha Poonchira
It is a hill station which is an ideal place for picnics. It has a pool with picturesque beauty and legends say that this pool was used as a bathing place by Draupadi, the legendary persona of Mahabharata. You can trek on the enormous hills of 'Elaveezha poonchira' - a valley where no leaves fall and is named so because this place is devoid of trees.

This is an important pilgrim site both for the Hindus as well as the Muslims. Sree Dharmasastha Temple here is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.

The Vembanad Lake
The rivers and canals of the Kottayam region all gather and empty in to the Verbanad Lake. The lake area provides a good location for picnic amidst the natural surrounding. The lake is being transformed into a back water tourism destination providing activities like boating, fishing and sight seeing.

Aranmula is the place of the impressive boat races of the illustrious Onam festival in Kerala. Barded elephants with beaded umbrellas, boats adorned with flowers and so on make it a fascinating event to witness. Aranmula is also the centre where the bell metal mirror crafts are available.

Vagamon, located at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level is a trekker's paradise. It is an ideal tourist destination and is encircled by lush tea gardens, spectacular meadows and valleys.

Water Bird Sanctuary
One of the significant back water destination is the 14 acre bird sanctuary situated on the eastern banks of the Verbanad Lake. The sanctuary which is the hotspot of the different species of birds as well as the migratory ones .there are to be found water fowls, water ducks, cuckoos, wild ducks,egrets, darters, herons, teals, and the migratory Siberian cranes. Nearby lies the rubber plantations in Kottayam where the churches are also grand.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation in Kottayam City (Kumarakom):

Kumarakom Lagoon
Ambika Market P.O, Vechoor, Kottayam, Kerala 686144 - 09811165753

Illikkalam Lake Resort
Kumarakom PO, Kottayam, Kerala 686563 - 0481 2524234

Coconut creek farm and homestay
near nazreth church,after hotel radisson plaza,, kumarakom south p.o, kottayam, Kerala 686563 - 0481 2524203

Hotel The Zuri Kumarakom
V235, A1 to A54, Karottukayal, Kottayam, 686563 - 0481 2527272

Aida Hotel
Aida Junction, Near KSRTC Bus Stand, Kottayam, Kerala - 0481 2568391

Windsor Castle
Kerala - 0481 2363637

DC Bed and Breakfast
Kottayam, Kerala - 0481 2300502

Hotel Kumarakom Lake Resort
Kumarakom North, Kottayam, 686566 - 0481 2524900

Arcadia Hotel
TB Road, Kottayam, Kerala - 0481 2569999

Arcadia Hotel

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kumarakom Backwaters
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St.Mary's Cathedral Church
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Kallumkathra St George Jacobite Syrian Church
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Orthodox Theological Seminary Church
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Poonjar Palace
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Ezhumanthuruthu Island
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Vembanad Lake
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Bay Island Driftwood Museum
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Meenachil River
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Ettumanoor Temple
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Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
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Kesari Waterfall
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Maramala Waterfall
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