Kumarakom is the best Backwater Tourist Place in Kerala. Kumarakom is situated in Kottayam District, in Kerala State, in India; it is on the west of Kottayam, and on the north east of Alappuzha (Alleppey). The total area of Kumarakom is 52 Sq.Kms. (12,844 Acres) out of the above, 24 Sq.Km. is part of Lake Vembanad, 16 Sq.Km. is Paddy fields, the area of the settlement of the village is only 12 Sq.Kms.The whole of western, southern and part of northern boundary of Kumarakom is Lake Vembanad. Kumarakom was a very small place till 18th Century; major part of Kumarakom was reclaimed from Lake Vembanad, by using the sand from the lake. Kumarakom comprises of reclaimed land, lot of canals, Meenachil River and lake Vembanad.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Kayal, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The blue backwaters of Vembanad Kayal and the amazing shades of green of the vegetation, combines with the quietness of the place to make it an idyllic holiday destination. Many of the resorts also offer ayurvedic treatment While Kuttanad is ideal for a house boat cruise, the resorts are the main attraction in Kumarakonam. One can also take a boat trip in Kumaramonam It is located 15 km west of Kottayam. The bird sanctuary and the drift.
Srinivas, a singer summed up: “Imagine opening your eyes every morning to a sheet of still, blue water and majestic palm tress gently swaying in the breeze. To define the feeling in one sentence: Nature undisturbed by man is wonderful and inspiring, and Kumarakom is just that!”
Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state. A large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along the malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. Alleppey the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which is an annual event.
Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake – boat races held on the second Saturday of August, every year. The Hindu temple, opposite the Indian Coffee House, is worth a look although, as a non-Hindu, you won’t be allowed inside.Alleppey has a lengthy but filthy beach. It’s a fine example of an elaborately carved wooden South Indian temple somewhat reminiscent of those in Nepal.
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