Kumarakom

KumarakomSet against the backdrop of rich green paddy fields and still grey waters, Kumarakom was, for years, just another sleepy town, resplendent in scenic beauty. However, when Kerala became a popular tourist destination, Kumarakom’s charms were soon unveiled. Today, plush resorts scattered around a large lake and delightful backwaters have transformed this once quiet settlement into a sought after destination Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, wrote in his hotel register, `Truly, this is god’s own country’. Located 15 km west of Kottayam town, the picturesque village of Kumarakom is actually a cluster of small islands on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake. Sandwiched between a lake that looks more like the sea and a parallel network of backwaters, this bewitching water world forms part of the Kuttanad region. Although situated in a labyrinth of lush waterways, Kumarakom’s advantage is that it can be reached easily by road from Kottayam, Kochi and Alappuzha. Tourists throng Kumarakom to experience its gentle pace of life and stunning views of nature. The only places to `visit’ are the nearby Bird Sanctuary, the Driftwood Museum and the Pathiramanal Island.
 
Driftwood Museum:
Driftwood Museum This museum was the brainchild of Raji Punnose, a teacher who worked in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for 25 years. She started collecting pieces of driftwood wished ashore and spent hours pruning and giving shape to what had already been shaped by the sea. located at Chakranpadi, the museum has a Stunning array of elegant driftwood sculpture. In ‘ferocity’, a crocodile looks almost real. The flowers and buds collection is also worth a peek.
 
Bird Sanctuary:
Kumarakom Bird SanctuarySpread across 14 acres in a former rubber ptantation that was previously known as Baker’s Estate, the Englishman who developed this area into a bird sanctuary would be glad to see the large number of delighted hirdwatchers who gather here today. At dawn and at sundown, the forests come ;dive with a cacophony of shrill calls and cries. Night herons, purple moorhen, Brahminy kites, teals; egrets, cormorants, darters and large Indian fruit bats have colonised these woods. There are also large populations of breeding darters, purple herons, little cormorants, Indian Shag, white ibis, local waterfowl and pond herons. Neighbouring areas such as Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothanpandi Kayal are al! excellent locations for spotting birds.
 
 
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About Kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird sanctuary: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary) is situated at Kumarakom  in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds.

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By Air: The nearest airport to Kumarakom is Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery. Airport is nearly 85 km away from Kumarakom, and Tourist taxi charges about Rs 1600 to cover this distance. Cochin airport is well connected to many major cities in India and abroad, especially connected directly to gulf countries.
By Bus: KSRTC buses are plenty from Kottayam to reach Kumarakom. Kotatyam is connected to all cities in Kerala by KSRTC buses. Private deluxe A/C buses connect Kottayam with many cities in South India, including Chennai, Mangalore, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

One can reach Kumarakom by boat from Muhamma, near to Alleppey. State owned boat services and private house boats ferry form Muhamma to Kumarakom Jetty.
By Train: Kottayam is the nearest railway station which is about 16 km away from Kumarakom. Taxi fare from Kottayam to Kumarakam is about Rs 3500. Kottayam is well connected by rail to all important cities in India.

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