a striking view of a lake in Kumarakom

Alleppey or Kumarakom

Alleppey or Kumarakom? When we talk about backwater houseboats in Kerala, these are the cities that come to mind. Alleppey and Kumarakom are two inception points of boat cruises through the backwaters. People are often confused about choosing between the two jaw-dropping destinations. While they both are stunning masterpieces of nature, they have a few things that distinguish them. Alleppey is surreal but overcrowded at times since it is a prime tourist spot. On the other hand, Kumarakom is breathtaking, with a few perks. Its waters are much less crowded with houseboats, giving you a chance to admire the open waters.

The backwaters of Alleppey with an island with lush greenery

What is Special About Alleppey?

Owing to a particular geographical feature, water runs closely with the land, always at a level with each other. This specific feature gives you a chance to get in touch with the lives of residents, busy with their daily chores along the shore. A houseboat ride through the backwaters of Alleppey starts from the Nehru Trophy finishing point. Along the way, you are greeted with lush green landscapes and paddy fields, home to watermills, houses, and much more. Architectural marvels like temples and churches also provide majestic views as one cruises through the tranquil waters. While sailing, you can stay the night in the houseboat. Spending the night in an anchored-down boat under the night sky is a feeling worth experiencing.

What is Special About Kumarakom?

What differentiates Kumarakom from Alleppey is the rural touch to its beauty. The cacophony of Alleppey, though intriguing, can get overwhelming for those looking to enjoy a quiet time away from the chaos. Kumarakom is home to more luxurious houseboats and backwater resorts. What interests many about Kumarakom are the non-commercial, less busy waters, offering everything Alleppey has and more. The boat ride in Kumarakom cruises through the nooks and corners of the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in India, with an area of 230 square kilometres. Although the enormity of Vembanad is enough to impress anyone, what comes along the way is a treat in itself. Kumarakom enables you to sit in the lap of nature by showcasing the life of villagers busy in their daily routines, verdant greenery making it seem like a rainforest, and an unfound peace flowing in the air. Kumarakom’s famed bird sanctuary is home to many resident and migratory birds. The chirping of these resident birds and foreign visitors feels like a sweet symphony, playing in sync with the serene waters. If you choose to spend a night or two in Kumarakom, go for one of the best stays - Rhythm Kumarakom!

Rhythm Kumarakom - House boat on a river with greenery in front

So when it comes to Kumarakom backwaters vs Alleppey Backwaters, or rather, Kumarakom vs Alleppey, the debate remains unsettled. Since beauty is subjective, one can know upon visiting it. One thing is certain, both of these places guarantee a memorable experience!