KUMARAKOM – AN ENCHANTING BACKWATER DESTINATION
Kumarakom, a village on Vembanad Lake, 20 Km`s from Kottayam Town laced with canals, where houseboats ply in the backwaters of Kerala.
Kumarakom – A Unique Name
It is believed that the word Kumarakom means a land formed by the build up of sediments as it may be derived from 2 words ‘kuminja’ and ‘akam’. This land may be formed by the accumulation of mud and other substances through different natural and man-made ways.
In another version, the word Kumarakom might originate because of the presence of the Lord Subrahmanya temple which located a few kilometres away from the centre of the village. It may be the combination of two words, ‘Kumara’ (Lord Subrahmanya) and ‘aham’ (home).
Kumarakom is a must-visit tourist destination in Kerala located on the Vembanad Lake with immense natural beauty. This scenic vacation spot is a cluster of small islands and a paradise for each ornithologist. The main tourist attraction of this destination is its bird sanctuary which spread across more than 14 acres. You can spot many migratory and rare bird species here such as herons, waterfowls, teals, cuckoo, egrets, wild duck and darters. It must be a fascinating experience for the visitors to watch the migratory Siberian Stork that visit the region in flocks.
Kumarakom – A veritable dreamland!
Kumarakom is a very scenic tourist destination that offers a lot to its visitors. A lot of people visit this exhilarating vacation spot to experience its stunning backwaters. Aside, it is a gifted tourist place rich in coconut palms, paddy fields and mangroves. The sparkling backwaters of Kumarakom reflect the beautiful blue sky.
Kumarakom is an ideal destination to spend a vacation with your family. It is a truly a dreamland which the National Geographic Magazine has described as a must-visit tourist spot in a lifetime. In fact, more than seven million tourists visit this enchanting tourist destination every year.
The Vembanad Lake has its maximum length and breadth near Kumarakom than other nearby villages. With a vast network of waterways and a large and beautiful lake on one side, this enchanting destination can be a masterpiece created by both nature and man. Kumarakom plays an important role in the tourism scenario of Kerala.
Geographic and Demographic Information
Located nearly 14 kilometres away from Kottayam, Kumarakom is a part of Kuttanad, which is popularly known as the Rice bowl of Kerala. It is interesting to know that these areas lie a few feet below sea-level. You can reach Kumarakom within 2-hour journey from Kochi/Cochin International Airport and it takes half an hour boat ride from Muhamma in Alappuzha.
Kumarakom is a picturesque village spread across more than an area of 51.67 sq km which including 24.13 sq km of the lake. The green rich paddy fields in the area below the sea level are sprawls over 15.75 sq km. There are around 1253 hectares of dry land in Kumarakom which is the inhabited area. Criss-crossed by streams and canals, you can watch the rural life by visiting this area.
As per the 19th century records, Kumarakom was a sparsely populated area. There was only a population of 8332 in this small village according to the census of 1891. At that time, the houses built in this area were only 1700. However, the population in Kumarakom has increased to nearly 23000 with approximately 5120 households by 2001. Like the rest of the state, the sex ratio of the region is supporting women. The ratio was 1026 females as of 2001 for 1000 males.
Kumarakom is such an area that experiences pleasant and moderate climate throughout the year. It is a safe tourist destination and the visitors do not face much challenges or risks. You can experience a very favourable weather throughout the year because of the proximity to the Vembanad Lake. There is a continuous flow of cool wind to the land from this lake. The temperature of the area usually varies from 22 to 34°C.
When it comes to Monsoon, Kumarakom obtains 2 monsoons- the southwest monsoon from June to August with an average rainfall of 1100 mm and the northeast monsoon in November. Even if Kumarakom is famous for backwater cruising, you will not be able to enjoy this activity during southwest monsoon. November to March is the best time to visit Kumarakom but people visit this destination throughout the year.
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