nature is all you need to recuperate, Kumarakom is
undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise
in Kerala, God's own country. The slender coconut
palms standing here, there and everywhere, its never
ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters,
mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can
peacefully calm and invigorate your mind with renewed
inspiration for your vocation and life. That is the
pristine beauty of Kumarakom.
Kumarakom the charming emerald peninsula jutting into
the ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake takes you into
the heart of the scenic lake where you'll come across
plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes.
The fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland
making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and
waterways. The backwater houses a variety of species
of both fauna and flora. They are rich with marine
life namely the exclusive 'Kumarakom Karimeen' (pearl
spotted fish), Konju (tiger prawns), Njandu (crabs),
Chemeen (prawns) and many more.
the monsoon winds bring rain to the shores of Vembanad
Lake, the Kumarakom is transformed into a rich fertile
land. The streams, lagoons, brooks break their banks
and provide nourishment to springs and shrubs that
sprout from every available space.
birds, migratory birds, mangrove shores and the renowned
bird sanctuary form their niche. The resorts nearby
offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure
options like an Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation,
boating, fishing and swimming. The adventurous could
indulge in water sports such as windsailing and waterskiing.
You could even take a canoe out into the quite lakes
and armed with a fishing rod, catch your own supper.
Make sure you do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh
toddy, the favourite fresh water food and the local
The local spring season emerges from August and coincides
with the harvest festival of Onam, blooms the tourist
and the local people.
Pay a visit to the picturesque Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls
Located 18km from Kottayam town, 2 km down a mud lane
from Kumarakom is this beautiful picnic spot where
streams tinkle as they make their way through the
landscape and waters roar as they cascade down the
mountains from a height of 100 ft. Pathiramanal (sands
of midnight), an enchanting island on the lake, can
be accessed by boat from here. This 10 acre island
on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of
migratory birds from different parts of the world.
According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into
the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions
and the water madeway for the land to rise from below.
The island can be accessed only by boat. A cruise
along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience
This is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus
and Muslims. Sree Dharmasastha Temple here is an ancient
temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Pilgrims going to
Sabarimala alight here.
50km from Kottayam, Aranmula is the site of the splendid
Onam festival boat races, usually in early September.
These races unlike the more sporting Nehru Trophy
race at Alappuzha in August are essentially religious,
based on a temple festival. Caparisoned elephants
with beaded umbrellas, processions of decorated floats,
and highly ornate boats make this a lovely event to
witness. Aranmula is also the centre of bell metal
Vagamon, 64 km from Kottayam and 34 km from Pala,
situated at an elevation of 1100 meters above sea
level is a trekker's paradise. It is an ideal tourist
spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful
meadows and valleys. Other attractions: Thangal Para,
Indo-Swiss project, Kurisumala Ashram.
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