|Destination Type: Beach|
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributories 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 entire state of Kerala is blessed with plenty of rivers and the resources of many are still untapped. The waterways of Kerala which play a main role in the economy of the state links remote villages and islands with the main land. The water ways provide a cheap and economical mode of transport. The water ways of Kuttanad is now a big attraction for tourist. It is incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages. The scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of breath-taking greens and deep blues. Boat rides are available for tourist and others at nominal rates.
· By Air : The Nearest Airport is Kochi Airport 50 kms & Thiruvananthapuram Airport 165 kms
· By Rail : The Nearest Railway Station is Kottayam (KTYM) 10 kms & Ettumanur (ETM) 13 kms
· By Raod : There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Kumarakom.
· Kottayam : 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.Thalikotta is the ancient royal of Thekkumkoor principalityErumely: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.
· Aranmula : 50km from Kottayam. 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 the centre of bell metal mirror crafts.
· Wagamon : Wagamon, 64 km from Kottayam and 34 km from Pala, situated at an elevation of 1100 meters above sea level is a trekker's paradise.It is very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens ,beautiful meadows, valleys and dales.Other attractions:Thangal Para,Indo-Swiss project, Kurisumala Ashram.
· Elaveezha Poonchira : Elaveezha Poonchira is yet another picnic spot accessible from Pala and located
· Visit Anchuvilakku
· Visit Arunikkuzhi waterfalls
· Visit Erumeli
· Visit Nadukani
· Visit Karimbukayam