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Cozy in the verdant lap of Backwaters

by rajmehta

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Kumarakom, a tiny village located sixteen kilometers away from Kottayam in Kerala, is renowned for its picturesque. It is a cluster of islands in Vembanad Lake which is famous for Backwater Tourism.  Backwaters is an exclusive Kerala phenomenon. It is a complex network of manmade and natural canals and inlets, estuaries of rivers and lakes. In Kumarakom it is mainly Vembanad  lake.  Kumarakom is blessed with exotic fauna and flora, lush paddy fields, coconut trees, mangrove forests and bustling activities of life. It is a longed for haven of nature lover and ordinary tourist.


Looking after the needs of middle end tourists Kumarakom backwater resort have come up. They provide excellent quality service and reasonably good accommodation facilities. They offer diverse menu and especially the local variety.


Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. It came up because of the preservation efforts of government and is spread over fourteen acres. It is a major tourist attraction.


Main attraction of Kumarakom is Backwater cruise in houseboats which is arranged by most Resorts in Kumarakom. Houseboats are modern day luxurious versions of yesteryear “Kettuvallams” which were used as the transportation media by local people. Now it is air-conditioned and comes with a crew which takes care of needs of guests including that of food. There is sleeping space, dining space and a sit out, open on all sides. One could savor the beauty of shores all through the cruise, meandering lethargically in Backwaters. Spending a night docked in backwaters is a magical experience, especially in Kumarakom where you will be treated to music of the birds.


Kumarakam Backwater resorts arrange facilities for boating, yachting and fishing for the tourists who could do so savoring the panoramic beauty encircling the lake. They can also witness various types of race boats like “Churulan”, “Odi”, “Iruttukuthi” and “Chundan”. Some resorts in Kumarakom have “Vechur Cows” – an endangered local variety.


The Kumarakom hotels also provide for twenty four hours running hot and cold water, Business centre, Direct dialing and wireless Internet services, Laundry and dry clean facilities, Multi cuisine Restaurant, Recreational centre, Safe deposit Box, Spacious parking facilities, Currency exchange facilities, twenty four hour security etc.


Kumarakom is easily accessible through road from Kochi International Airport. It is about eighty kilometers away from Kochi.


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