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Tourist Places To Visit In Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a collection of tiny islands near the town of Kottayam in Kerala. It is a sleepy village, set by the Vembanad Lake. With its untouched beaches, beautiful swaying palm trees, boathouses and backwaters, this place is a traveller’s delight. The place has come up as a lesser-known but enchanting tourist destination and offers a spread of delights like bird-gazing in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, picnics at Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, strolls down the Kumarakom Beach and boating in the Kumarakom Backwaters. Read on for some exciting tourist places to visit in Kumarakom.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
This is the haven of migratory birds, coming in from all parts of the world. Spread across a 14 acre stretch of land on the bank of Vembanad Lake, the sanctuary offers a bright variety of birds for you to see, from cuckoo to water duck, owl to kingfisher. The noises of woodpeckers and egrets are sure to keep you at peace through your exploration here. The Siberian crane, teal and wood beatie visit this sanctuary periodically.
It is a beautiful lake, the longest in India. You can spot migratory birds along the curve of this lake while enjoying a quiet picnic on its bank. Or hire a houseboat to experience pin-drop silence in the middle of the water body. See the sun set and hear birds going back home, as nature embraces you.
Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls is a scenic spot with its gushing sounds and cool breezes, situated 18 km away from the town of Kottayam. Th waterfall is over a 100 feet high and doubles up as an ideal picnic spot. You can explore the areas around as well, which include rubber plantations, streams gushing down woods and a breathtaking landscape.
For trekkers, the hike up to the top of the waterfall is one great walk. And the incentive to reach up is St. Mary’s Church, another beautiful attraction.
Kumarakom backwaters make for a scene out of the movies, with crystal cobalt water, migratory birds and fishermen casting fine nets. You must hire a houseboat for this experience, let it take you through canals, lakes and rivers that weave intricately together.
There are a few sports like swimming and wind sailing to take part in. Or you can fish for yourself. Or just sit back and relax.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Bay Island Driftwood Museum is home to sculptures, articles and modern art made from driftwood. Some of them have been made out of driftwood that was deposited on the shore of Andaman-Nicobar.
You will see sculptures of animals, fishes, birds; a few as old as a century or two.
Pathiramanal is an island in Vembanad Lake. It literally means the sand of night. This small island has an aquarium and a zoo, and it is also home to exotic migratory birds. You can only access this island by boat.
This is an ancient mosque, dating back over a 1000 years. Believed to be constructed by Habib Dinar, Malik Dinar’s son (the person who introduced Islam to Kerala), it is a marvel of architecture and wood carving.
This town has been in news for the protest against untouchability here. It is located 18 km from Kumarakom and is home to the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, also popularly referred to as Dakshin Kashi. Take a tour of the city centre and the temple, and bask in the spirituality of this southern counterpart of Kashi.
If you visit this place in November-December, do not miss the temple festival lasting 12 days, with grand musical performances (Panchavadyam).