The place is a delight for bird watchers, as the place is a hub for migratory birds.
A heaven for wildlife aficionados and bird watchers, Kumarakom is a cluster of islands located around the Vembanad Lake are known for their unparallel scenic beauty.
The place is a delight for bird watchers, as the place is a hub for migratory birds. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of
migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds
like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascinate the visitors.
Kumarakom is a cluster of scenic islands around the picturesque Vembanad Lake. The town is nature rich with everything in it enjoying the gift of nature in its abundance. With the soil so fertile, the land is full of paddy fields, coconut groves and mango groves. The lush greenery and the backwaters in a picturesque setting have made Kumarakom one among world's 25 remote and exotic destinations declared by the Cande Nast Travellers, a travel magazine in the year 1998.
While every inch of Kumarakom is beautiful, here are top 8 places to visit in Kumarakom which you cannot miss.
Places to visit in Kumarakom
Vembanad Lake is the largest lake in Kerala. It is India's longest lake too as the vast expanse of water runs from Kochi in north to Alleppey in south. It is otherwise known as Vembanad Kayal. It invites migratory birds from all parts of the world. It is a confluence of three rivers. To explore Kumarakom, you could hire a houseboat and sail the stretch of water. The small islands around and the serene atmosphere will be heavenly.
The lake is rich in marine creatures with over 150 different kinds of fish in the waters.
Kumarakom backwaters is a scenic place where you can enjoy the bliss of nature. It is home to a wide range of plants and animals. The best way to enjoy the beauty of Kumarakom backwaters is to go on a houseboat that takes you through various canals, lakes and river around here. The houseboats offer you the best possible facilities you need for a comfortable journey on water. Be a passive admirer by sailing along or indulge in
various water sports such as skiing and wind sailing. You could get lucky if you attempt at fishing.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Bay Island Driftwood Museum houses unique collections of articles made of driftwood. The driftwood articles are highly valued as modern art techniques have been used in their making. The sculptures found here are made of driftwood that were deposited on the shores of Andaman and Nicobar. The twisted trunks of the trees, roots and stumps were transformed into sculptures. Some sculptures resemble animals, fish and birds. Some driftwood articles could be centuries old as some of
the trees that were washed away to the seashore owing to cyclones are ancient.
Juma Masjid is an ancient mosque that is over 1000 years old. It is also called Thazhathangadi Mosque. It is said that the mosque was constructed by Malik Dinar's son Habib Dinar. Malik Dinar was behind the introduction of Islam in Kerala. This is considered one of the oldest mosques in the country. The magnificent architecture and the exquisite wood carvings are stunning.
The inner courtyard, windows and the bathing area are excellently built that they look royal.
Pathiramanal is one of the islands in Vembanad Lake. Pathiramanal means the 'sand of night'. The 10 acre island houses an aquarium and a zoo. Some of the exotic types of migratory birds can be seen here. Since this island can be accessed only by boat,
you could stop on your cruise on the backwaters to stretch yourself on the green island.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The 14 acre bird sanctuary is the favorite spot for migratory birds from all parts of the world. It is situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake. The bird sanctuary houses a wide range of birds including cuckoo, water duck, owl, kingfishers, woodpeckers and egret. The migratory birds that attract attention include Siberian cranes, teal, wood beetle and many more. It is a birdwatchers' paradise and you could make best
use of your visit to this place by hiring houseboats and motorboats