Kumarakom is great tourist destination enclosing all natural wonders within its realms. Backwaters are the hot seats of diversity and ecological balance. Mangroves, forests and animals sustains and develop each other. Watching all this from a house boat is surely a thing no one wants to miss. House boats of Kumarakom are so famous across the Kerala that a house boat sailing over the waters serves as a mascot for Kerala Tourism. Kerala is incomplete without the waters of Kumarakom.

Climate is tourism friendly throughout the year. Temperature ranges from 25.5 °C and 35 °C. Kumarakom has two monsoon seasons. First one, the southwest monsoon hitting during June to August and the second one is the northeast monsoon in November. During monsoons boating in the backwaters is not allowed.

So, best time to visit Kumarakom is between November and March. Nevertheless it never sees a fall in the number of tourists. While planning a trip to Kumarakom do consider the timing of grand boat races. This is an event no one wants to miss.


What We Love?


  • Kumarakom backwaters – Backwaters of Vembanad lake is a great site for boating, fishing and sightseeing purposes. Get in a house boat and relax while watching the calm waters flow by.
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary – This is the India’s first scientifically formed and preserved bird sanctuary. Historical roots dates back to 1847 when it first came to existence. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a home of more than 180 species birds. It also nurtures reptiles, amphibians and fishes within its domains. A canoe trip through the lake waters is the perfect and cheap way to explore the bird sanctuary.
  • Subrahmanya temple – This is the Kumarakom’s first temple and it is believed that Kumarakom’s name is derived from this temple. Subrahmanya temple is about 1,800 years old.
  • Taj garden retreat – This bungalow was built by Alfred George Baker at the muddy banks of lake at Kumarakom. Now it is transformed into a resort by the Taj group, but still remaining a masterpiece inherited from past.


What To Know?


  • Boat races – Boat races occur during August and September, at the time of Onam Festival. “Nehru trophy boat race” is the most prestigious among them all. It is organized annually on the second Saturday of August. Boat race is the largest team sport in the world. A single snake boat has upto 150 men on board, who row rhythmically to rocket past others. A large crowd gathers around the banks and cheers for the sailors.
  • Responsible tourism project – Kumarakom is the fist place in India to implement Responsible tourism project. This project seeks the participation of local villagers for development of tourism infrastructure as well as environment protection. This project has produced fruitful results so far and Kerala remains the pioneer of tourism industry in India.
  • The God of Small Things – This world famous novel by Arundhati Roy is set in Kumarakom. This novel recreates the Baker’s house and backwaters of Kumarakom in the visitors.

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