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Embark on a Serene Journey: A Kochi Weekend Getaway to Kumarakom

Nestled on the southwestern coast of India, Kochi is a vibrant city renowned for its rich history, bustling markets and picturesque waterfront. Yet, just a stone's throw away lies a tranquil oasis – Kumarakom. Join us on a scenic Kerala short trip from Kochi to Kumarakom and explore five enchanting destinations along the way.

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Fort Kochi

Kickstart your weekend getaway with a visit to the historic neighbourhood of Fort Kochi. Steeped in colonial charm, this quaint enclave boasts cobblestone streets, colonial-era architecture and a vibrant cultural scene. Wander through the narrow lanes lined with Dutch and Portuguese-style buildings, visit the iconic Chinese fishing nets at the waterfront and explore landmarks such as the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India.

Marari Beach

Continue your journey southwards towards Kumarakom and stop at the idyllic Marari Beach. Blessed with pristine golden sands, swaying palm trees and crystal-clear waters, Marari Beach offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Spend your time lounging on the beach, taking a stroll along the shoreline, or indulging in water sports such as swimming, kayaking and surfing.

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A houseboat in the centre in the kumarakom backwaters with coconut tress on the side

Alleppey Backwaters

No trip to Kerala is complete without experiencing the mesmerising beauty of the backwaters and Alleppey is the perfect place to do just that. Board a traditional houseboat and cruise along the serene backwaters, passing by lush green paddy fields, quaint villages and coconut groves. Marvel at the intricate network of canals and waterways and witness the unique way of life of the locals who rely on the backwaters for their livelihood.

Pathiramanal Island

As you approach Kumarakom, take a detour to Pathiramanal Island, a hidden gem nestled amidst the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. Accessible only by boat, this uninhabited island is a paradise for nature lovers, with its lush mangrove forests, diverse birdlife and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Take a stroll along the winding pathways, spot migratory birds such as herons, egrets and kingfishers and soak in the serenity of this pristine island.

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Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

Before reaching Kumarakom, visit the historic Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, one of the oldest and most revered temples in Kerala. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this ancient temple is renowned for its architectural grandeur, intricate carvings and religious significance. Take part in the temple rituals, seek blessings from the deity and marvel at the spiritual ambience that pervades the air.

As you arrive in Kumarakom, you will find yourself immersed in a world of serene beauty and natural splendour. From its tranquil backwaters and lush greenery to its rich biodiversity and vibrant culture, Kumarakom offers a weekend getaway like no other. So pack your bags, hit the road from Kochi and embark on a journey of discovery to this enchanting destination that will leave you spellbound and longing for more.

Once you reach Kumarakom from your Kerala weekend trip, we recommend staying at Rhythm Kumarakom. Rhythm Kumarakom is close to the backwaters amidst serene surroundings and boasts India's longest swimming pool. The resort offers 46 accommodations, split into four categories, that feature lavish amenities and cosy bedding. Dining options include a poolside eatery and an alfresco dining restaurant. Guests can indulge in various activities & facilities like therapeutic spa massages, gym sessions, a delightful houseboat lunch, village life tours, kayaking and more.