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.
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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).
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!
Below are the contact details of the property:
- Coconut Creek Farm And Home Stay
- Near Nazareth Church, Kumarakom South P.O, Kottayam 686563, Kerala, India
- Contact Numbers:
- +91 (0)481 2524203
- +91(0)98957 29278
- Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.coconutcreek.co.in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.