A romantic getaway to Kumarakom

One of the most romantic destinations I have ever visited in India is Kumarakom. It is a place that is straight out of a fairy tale. I love everything about the place, the backwaters, the sunsets and the people. It is truly a must visit place in Kerala.

About Kumarakom…

Kumarakom is a village in Kerala, on the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. The laid back village is famous for its canals and houseboats. It is also home to many species of Indian birds such as cuckoos. The name Kumarakom is derived from the deity of its oldest temple Kumaran.

The best time to visit Kumarakom is between the months November to February (winter season) and between the months June to September (monsoon season).

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How to get to Kumarakom?

  • Train – The nearest train station to Kumarakom is Kottayam train station. The distance between Kumarakom and the Kottayam train station is around 16 kilometres and one can hire a local taxi at the train station.
    • Train tickets is purchased on IRCTC website.
  • Bus – Kumarakom has connectivity from all the major cities.
    • Bus tickets and routes can be found on RedBus website.
  • Airport – Trivandrum and Kochi airports are the nearest airport to Kumarakom. The distance between Trivandrum airport and Kumarakom is 171 kilometres and the distance between Kochi airport and Kumarakom is 106 kilometres.

The distance between Bangalore and Kumarakom is around 592 kilometres and takes 11 hours 20 minutes by road.

Another beautiful city that can be included in the trip to Kumarakom is Kochi. Fort Kochi in Kochi is extremely beautiful and there are so many things to do in that city.

Stay in Kumarakom

Coconut Creek Homestays

One of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed in India is the Coconut Creek Farm in Kumarakom. It is an authentic Kerala style homestay and it perfectly placed with respect to the spectacular backgrounds. It is just along the backwaters. And is truly an amazing property to stay at. I just loved this place and I would stay here every time I visit Kumarakom.

They also served me breakfast (Appam with chicken stew) in the kitchen that is just next to the backwaters – How amazing is that!

Contact details

Below are the contact details of the property:

Keep a watch on some of the deal and coupon issuing websites. I had received a huge discount for this property on buying from a deal website like Groupon.

Coconut Creek Homestays Kumarakom
Coconut Creek Homestay

Things to do in Kumarakom


One of the best things to do while in Kumarakom is to stay at a houseboat. It is absolutely relaxing and spectacular to just sail around in a houseboat all day. Sunsets viewed from the houseboat and the picturesque beauty of backwaters are something that can only be felt and cannot be put in words. The staff at your accommodation can arrange for the stay at a houseboat for an additional cost.

Houseboat Kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

One of the most famous bird sanctuaries in Kerala is the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. It has plenty of local birds such as koel, heron, egrets and many more. The sanctuary also has some migratory birds from Himalayas and Siberia.


Sunset by the backwaters

The sunsets at Kumarakom backwaters are worth dying for. They are spectacular and it is truly mesmerising to watch them by the waters.

Houseboat Kumarakom

Cherish and relish Kerala cuisine

Undoubtedly, Kerala appam and stew are the best. They are very delicious and beautiful. Kerala cuisine is usually cooked in coconut oil that has a very strong smell and the coastal towns cook fish. So definitely try out the Kerala cuisine.

If you do not like coconut oil like me, then make sure to tell the chef while ordering to cook in a non-coconut oil.

Fish fry in Kumarakom

Is it safe for solo female travelers?

I felt Kumarakom as one of the safest places for solo female travelers. Even though I traveled with a friend, I would still say that this place is pretty safe. However, I would recommend going on a houseboat only with a reputed or known company if you are traveling solo. Also, be careful in isolated places, especially at nights.

Houseboat Kumarakom

Closing Notes

Kumarakom is my most favourite place in Kerala. I would highly recommend visiting and staying here for at least 2 to 3 days. The lazy backwaters and the most amazing landscapes are totally worth it.

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9 thoughts on “A romantic getaway to Kumarakom”

  1. Kerala is truly very tourist friendly. I would love to stay in a homestay and just let the world go by. I think it’s the perfect place for creating your masterpiece!

  2. Woww the place looks so good, especially about the boathouse and delicious fishes. This is truly great that you have mentioned how to Travel through different modes too

  3. Coconut Creek Homestay looks straight out of a history book, frozen in time. I love the traditional architecture of Kerala. Spending a day in the houseboats is a tempting idea as well. Saving this article for the time I’d visit Kumarakom.

  4. It’s good to read about this place. You have mentioned all the modes to go to this place is appreciated one. I am waiting for this pandemic to get over soon. So that I can plan a holiday with my family

  5. We have spent hours watching the barges passing by, during our stay at Kumarakom. The place is truly, paradise on earth. Watching the sunset at Kumarakom remains ethced in out memories. Hope to experience the magic of Kumarakom again.

  6. Kumarakom is absolutely marvelous and beautiful.
    How many times I have been here and still can’t get enough of it.
    A very well described and detailed post.

  7. Oh, I have always thought backwaters of Kerala and houseboats to be such romantic. Kumarakom surely looks like one such place. The Coconut Creek homestay looks so elegant. But I think I would love to stay for a night at a houseboat.

  8. Hey, Raksha!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely experience of Kumarakom. I have heard about this beautiful city a lot and I wish to visit there soon. From your blog, I have gathered information about Backwater along with the popular activities to indulge in Kerala. I will definitely try to explore the local village on the houseboat with family and friends to enjoy the Kumarakom trip at its best.


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