Tourist Places in Kumarakom
Kumarakom has been a favourite holiday choice of many including former Prime Minister of India A.B. Vajpayee. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The booker prize winning book -The God of Small Things by Arundhato Roy is set in Ayemenem or Aymanam village, which adjoins Kumarakom. Tha attractions in Kumarakom includes Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Santuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Aranmula Boat Race, Vagamon and Bay Island Museum.
Kumarakom is an ideal vacation place for honeymooners and vacations in Kumarakom can be tailor made for the urbanite who yearns for quiet, yet fancies the pleasures of the city.
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Tourist Attractions in Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The booker prize winning book -The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is set in Ayemenem or Aymanam village, which adjoins Kumarakom. Tha attractions in Kumarakom includes Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Santuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Aranmula Boat Race, Vagamon and Bay Island Museum.
Houseboat Cruise through Vembanad Lake
The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen (Pearl spot), shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns. The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets. The whole atmosphere spells peace, bliss and tranquillity. Kumarakom on Lake Vembanad , with its unparalleled boating, fishing and sightseeing facilities, makes a picturesque holiday spot in the backwaters of Kerala.
Kumarakom Bird Santuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The bird sanctuary extends over 14 acres (57,000 m²).The Bird Sanctuary can be visited by canoes, which can be arranged with local fishermen at the entrance to the sanctuary. A two-hour rowing canoe trip is quite cheap, and is best undertaken in the evening or early morning to avoid the afternoon sun. A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia. In addition, you can get thrilled of the native kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under rookeries of egrets and night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers. The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.
Bay Island Museum
Bay Island Museum is the only one of it's kind in the country, having a unique synergy between natures art and extensive persuasive imagination, that brings to you the beautiful sculptures of the passionate sea; unsaid, unseen; touching your perception in it's own sole way.A unique Museum to display a miraculous collection of Nature's Art, initially shaped by seawaves and then by the imagination of an artist through a rare and innovative art form. A visitor would find in the Bay Island Driftwood Museum a huge collection of elegant wooden/root sculptures of marvellous shapes compatible with nature. This amazing collection represents a work of art pioneered by a lady post graduate teacher retired from service in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
From Kumarakom you can also pay a visit to the picturesque Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls Located 18km from Kottayam town, 2 km down a mud lane from Kumarakom is this beautiful picnic spot where streams tinkle as they make their way through the landscape and waters roar as they cascade down the mountains from a height of 100 ft.
Pathiramanal (sands of midnight)
Pathiramanal is an enchanting island on the lake that can be accessed by boat. This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water madeway for the land to rise from below. The island can be accessed only by boat.
Aranmula Boat Races
Just 50km from Kottayam, Aranmula is the site of the splendid Onam festival boat races, usually in early September. These races unlike the more sporting Nehru Trophy race at Alappuzha in August are essentially religious, based on a temple festival. Caparisoned elephants with beaded umbrellas, processions of decorated floats, and highly ornate boats make this a lovely event to witness. Aranmula is also well known for the centre of bell metal mirror crafts.
Vaikom is 40km from Kottayam, and is famous for the Shiva Temple. The festival of this temple is in the months of November-December and last for 12 days. The 'Panchavadyam' is an important musical performance and is well known for the temple festival.
Kottayam is an ancient town famous for its churches, especially the 700 years-old churches, the Cheria palli ('small church') with exceptionally lovely paintings over the altar and the Valia palli('Big Church') perched on a picturesque hillock over a small cluster of houses. In the St.Mary's Church Kuravilangad built in 355 AD there is an old bell which bears a hitherto undeciphered inscription. The mortal remains of the blessed Alphonsa and the Blessed Father Chavara are entombed at the St.Mary's Church at Bharananganam and the St.Joseph's Monastery Church at Mannanam respectively. Thousands gather at these holy shrines during festive occasions. Pala town and Kanjirappally, nourished by the Meenachil and Manimala rivers respectively are centers of rubber plantations. The Ettumanoor Shiva Temple 12 km north of town, has exceptionally beautiful wall paintings and sculptures inside the temple. In the heart of Kottayam town is the much venerated Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple.
Elaveezha Poonchira is yet another picnic spot accessible from Pala and is located in the midst of beautiful hills.
This is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus and Muslims. Sree Dharmasastha Temple here is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Pilgrims going to Sabarimala alight here.
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