Kumarakom, the diminutive village, situated sixteen kilometers away from Kottayam, is now the center of imminent tourist attraction. Kumarakom is actually a cluster of islands in Vemband Lake. Millions swarm to Kumarakom to savor Backwater tourism.
In Kumarakom backwaters are mainly formed by river Meenachil and lake Vembanad. As is the wont, here also backwaters make for beautiful setting with shores lined with resorts, abodes, swaying coconut trees, mangrove forests, exotic flora and lush green paddy fields, fishing nets and various activities of life; and backwaters lined by water flowers especially water lilies. There is also a bird sanctuary in Kumarakom. It came into existence due to the preservation efforts of government and spreads over an area of about fourteen acres. The sanctuary is frequented by migratory birds especially Siberian Cranes. This makes Kumarakom an important spot for nature lovers.
Catering to the inflow of nature lovers and ordinary tourists, many hotels and resorts have come up in Kumarakom. Resorts in Kumarakom provide spacious and luxurious rooms with modern décor and offers round the clock quality service. Staff serves the guests with a disarming smile armed with all the warmth and hospitality. Wide variety of cuisine is provided in Kumarakom Resorts. The menu is delicious to say the least. Resorts in Kumarakom provide arrangements to savor the local life style. They have resolved the divide of urban and rural with due diligence.
Houseboats have nearly achieved iconic status in the field of Backwater tourism. Kumarakom resorts and hotels provide arrangements for Houseboat cruise through Backwaters. Houseboats are modern day luxurious versions of erstwhile “Kettuvallams”. Kettuvallams were used to transport rice and house hold items through backwaters. They came with thatched roofs over wooden hulls to offer protection from elements of nature. Although the form remains unchanged, Houseboats are two to three storied affairs with one to five bedrooms included. Apart from sleeping space, a dining space and a sit out open on all sides, from where guests can relish the exquisite charm of backwaters, are included. They come adjoined with generator and provide for full time air conditioning. Although houseboats are motorized, they are run in a meandering pace. A crew including a cook accompanies the guests. The menu is usually indigenous with local fish but the taste of guests prevails. Spending a night docked in backwaters is a heavenly experience. You can ask to switch off electric lamps and spend time in light of lanterns alone to get a local feel. You can hear the chirping of birds while on the houseboat.
Making for cozy existence in Backwaters