A traditional houseboat with a thatched roof is floating on the calm backwaters, flanked by lush greenery and palm trees reflecting in the water - Kumarakom

Places to visit in Kumarakom

Kumarakom, nestled in the heart of Kerala, is a divine backwater paradise that provides a peaceful escape into nature's lap. With its lush landscapes, vibrant birdlife and tranquil waters, it's a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural charm. Whether you enjoy nature, and culture, or simply want to relax, Kumarakom has something for everyone. Let's explore the must-see attractions in Kumarakom and discover the beauty of this fascinating place.



Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake, the crown jewel of Kumarakom, is not just Kerala's largest but also one of Asia's grandest freshwater lakes. This stunning expanse is a paradise for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts, offering spectacular sunset cruises that are a must-experience. The lake buzzes with life as fishermen cast their nets and houseboats glide gracefully, creating a picturesque scene. And don't miss the thrilling Nehru Trophy Boat Race in August! Open all day, the best times to visit are early morning or late evening for an unforgettable sight. Plus, there's no entry fee, so you can soak in the beauty without any worries.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of the picturesque Vembanad Lake, is an avian lover's refuge spanning 14 acres of verdant scenery. This refuge is a thriving playground for a variety of migratory species, including the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron, and teal. Walk along the lush walkways early in the morning or take a peaceful boat trip for an unforgettable bird-watching experience. Don't miss out on visiting nearby Pathiramanal Island, which is only a 10-minute boat ride away and home to additional feathery wonders.

Open every day from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm, with an entry price of INR 50 to 100 one of the best places in Kumarakom, the best time to visit is from June to August for native species, or from November to February for a glance.


Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

The Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, located just a short drive from Kumarakom, is a hidden gem that cascades from a height of approximately 100 feet amid lush rubber plantations. This scenic location is ideal for picnics, photography, and hiking, providing a peaceful respite from everyday life. Imagine the sight of a thundering waterfall against a peaceful backdrop of vegetation – a photographer's paradise! For adventurers, a climb to the summit unveils the lovely St. Mary's Church, which adds a spiritual touch to the natural beauty.

This waterfall is a must-see, especially after the monsoon season from September to January, when it is at its most spectacular. It is free to enter and open every day from 6 am to 10 pm.

Bay Island Driftwood Museum

At the Bay Island Driftwood Museum in Kumarakom, you can discover a rare part of Kerala's art history. This one-of-a-kind museum, initiated by a school teacher named Raji Punnose, showcases an incredible collection of driftwood sculptures, each piece telling its own story of transformation by nature and human creativity. Marvel at the intricate carvings and woodwork on driftwood recovered from the water, a testament to the artistic spirit thriving in this region.

Open from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, with an entry fee of just INR 50, this museum is a must-visit for anyone looking to explore the awe-inspiring world of driftwood art.

A terracotta sculpture of an elephant adorned with intricate designs and patterns, surrounded by smaller elephant figurines, all showcasing exquisite craftsmanship - Kumarakom

If you're looking to explore the best of Kerala's tourist places in Kumarakom, Rhythm Kumarakom is your ideal stay. This resort, situated on the peaceful shores of Lake Vembanad, is a sanctuary that has the longest swimming pool in all Indian resorts. It offers a rich culinary journey with flavours that range from traditional South Indian to Italian cuisine. The resort offers luxurious views, a rejuvenating Ayurvedic spa, and a charming boathouse, all of which make it the perfect starting point, for discovering the region's natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

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