A popular holiday destination among nature lovers, Kumarakom is a tiny peninsula village in the Kuttanad region of Kerala. Located on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is blessed with sparkling blue waters, dense mangroves and greenery all around. Glorious backwaters bordered by golden paddy fields, deep green coconut leaves along with the fishing villages lining the canal banks, and invigorating houseboats floating on the blue waters describe the scenic Kumarakom.
Kumarakom experiences a moderate and pleasant climate with minimal variation in temperatures. The average temperature ranges between 18 and 32 degree Celsius with above average humidity throughout the year. The best time to visit Kumarakom is between September and March.
Some of the enthralling surroundings of Kumarakom that attracts a huge number of tourists from all parts of the world are:
With a peaceful and relaxed ambience, the picturesque Kumarakom beach is clean and well-equipped with sprawling spacious resorts, bustling shopping complexes and lively restaurants that serve exotic Kerala cuisine. It also offers a plethora of outdoor activities like swimming, parasailing, water skiing, windsurfing and boating.
An ideal picnic spot, the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls is located two kilometres from Kumarakom. It’s hard to resist the allure of spending a few peaceful moments while enjoying the company of your loved one as you watch the cascading waters fall down a 100 feet high cliff.
Pathiramanal is a 10-acre island on the renowned Vembanad Lake and is home to rare varieties of bright migratory birds from different parts of the world. When in Kumarakom, grab your camera and make a quick stop at this captivating place.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
A paradise for bird lovers, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located near Vembanad Lake is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in Kerala. With monsoons being the best time to visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary, don’t miss the early morning sightings of Siberian migratory birds and a variety of exotic species like Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, owls, Cuckoos, and Wild Ducks. The sanctuary is open from 6 AM to 6 PM and charges a nominal entry fee of INR 5.
Among many backwater enticements in Kerala, Kumarakom backwaters are ranked as one of the top 50 destinations of a lifetime by National Geographic Traveller. The main highlight of Kerala trip, Kumarakom and cast a magical spell over tourists. Rejuvenate your soul as you cruise along the scenic stretches of coastal mangroves of this village retreat with the azure backwaters on the surface of Lake Vembanad reflecting the sky. However, do remember that backwater cruises are off-limits during the monsoon season.
Deemed as the longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad Lake located in the Kottayam city is the heart of Kumarakom region. Host to the magnificent and historical snake boat race that moves musically carrying 100 expert rowers, this lake bustles with joy and excitement during Onam. Apart from being a perfect picnic destination, this is also an excellent spot for boating and fishing.
If you wish to visit the sacred places of worship in Kumarakom, you must go to the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Shiva Temple in Thalikkotta, St Mary’s Church and Juma Masjid Thazhathangad.
Here is a detailed Kerala tourism guide to make the most of your family vacation in Kumarakom!
The season wise break-up of the Kumarakom weather will help you plan your trip better:
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The months from March till June, with scorching high temperatures, are considered the hottest summer months in Kumarakom. The temperature varies between 22 to 37 degree Celsius with temperatures with just 3 to 10 days of rainfall. With hotter days and cooler nights, it is a good time to go to Kumarakom if you can bear the stifling humidity and stuffy weather. A relatively slow season for tourism, it is the perfect time for tourists looking out for some good deals. With fewer number of tourists crowding this place, it is an ideal scenario to explore Kumarakom peacefully. However, don't forget to pack light cotton clothes and sun protection cream to avoid a sunburn.
Considered to be the best time to visit Kumarakom, winter season lasts from November to February. With the temperature hovering between 18 to 27 degree Celsius, it is extremely pleasant and ideal for sightseeing the Bay Island Driftwood Museum and cruising on the mesmerising Kumarakom backwaters. January, February, and December being the driest months experience least precipitation and humidity.
A peak tourist season, do make sure you book the flights and accommodations in Kumarakom in advance to avoid high price. Spare some time to enjoy Vaikathashtami festival in the Vaikom Mahadevar Temple in Kumarakom. Celebrated for twelve days during November or December, you will get to see a splendid sight of large processions of decorated elephants carrying statues of Lord Shiva. Winters are also a favourable time for a family vacation or a romantic honeymoon.
Experience the warmth of the locals during Onam festival around September when the city comes alive in the preparation of the most auspicious festival. Kumarakom transforms into a vibrant cultural ground with lively music, famous Snake Boat racing and a lavish feast for the demon King Mahabali.
Kumarakom experiences moderate to heavy thunderstorms during the season with temperature varying between 20 to 25 degree Celsius. July to September marks the monsoon season. Kumarakom receives 1100 mm of rainfall annually making it extremely humid and sticky. Do keep in mind not to plan a trip to Kumarakom in monsoons if you want to experience the backwaters. However, it is a great time to soak in the serene ambience of wet and verdant foliage all over Kumarakom. With frequent showers and high humidity, make sure you carry an umbrella or raincoat and an ample amount of sunscreen.
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