KUMARAKOM – Facts and Figures
TOURISM IN KUMARAKOM
On the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake, 14 km from Kottayam, lies Kumarakom a small-town. The most interesting area in the backwaters is the "Kuttanad region" called the rice bowl of Kerala. Kumarakom is just one little village in this region on the banks of the beautiful Vembanad Lake.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary in Kumarakom is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live in flocks, in Kumarakom, are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available in Kumarakom.
CLIMATE IN KUMARAKOM
Being situated very close to the sea, Kumarakom has a moderate climate, with heavy rains during June-August due to the southwest monsoon. Winter starts from December and continues till February in Kumarakom. In summer, the temperature in Kumarakom rises to a maximum of 35°C and 25°C in the winters. Annual average rainfall in Kumarakom is 310 cm.
HISTORY OF KUMARAKOM
Earlier an old rubber plantation, Kumarakom was developed into a Bird Sanctuary. Kumarakom is now a leisure retreat very popular with foreigners, who club a visit to the sanctuary with a ride on Kerala's houseboats, known as Kettuvalloms. An Englishman Henry Baker, fascinated by the beauty of Kumarakom, settled here in the last century.
TOURISM SPOTS IN KUMARAKOM
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HOW TO REACH TOURISM DESTINATION OF KUMARAKOM
Kumarakom is well linked by Air, Rail and Road network. The nearest Airport from Kumarakom is the Cochin International Airport, which is 70 kms. away from the Muhamma boat jetty
The Trivandrum International Airport is 171 kms away from Kumarakom.
The nearest Railway station from Kumarakom is at Kottayam and regular local and Express trains connect the city with rest of India.
Kottayam is 14 kilometer from Kumarakom and both State highway and National Highway links Kumarakom with the rest of the country.