Kottayam in god’s Own Country is known for its ancient charm amidst religious attractions, holy shrines, and modern vibes. If you are here as a cultural and religious aficionado, do not miss a chance to explore the nearby natural paradise, Kumarakom.
For many tourists, it is an enchanting backwater destination; while for others, it is a scenic cluster of islands flanking the Vembanad Lake offering an assorted treat to the eyes. The destination is a hub of some of the coolest activities in Kottayam.Things to do in Kumarakom are amongst the most preferable ways to experience a chill out vacation for friends, couples, and families.
Perhaps the most chilling activity here is a ride on a houseboat that takes one through the quaint and delighting backwaters. Just rent any one to explore the jaw-dropping setting, plush foliage, and the stunning Vembanad Lake, which is the outcome of union of 10 Malabar Rivers.
Houseboats are equipped with all basic and luxury amenities. As per the holiday season and time availability, you can sail in a traditional houseboat for two days or for a few hours. The journey usually begins with lunch at noon and ends the other day with breakfast.
The second most popular activity here is to trek until the Aruvikkuzhi waterfall via a muddy path. This scenic picnic spot is flanked by sedimentary rock ridges and rubber plantations. The streams jingle through the landscape and their waterrumbles while cascading down the hills.
From here, take a boat to an enthralling island on the lake, Pathiramanal, also known as the sands of midnight. Situated on the backwaters, it is the abode of several rare assortments of migratory birds coming from different regions of the world.
Do visit the birds at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on the banks of the lake. This is the hub of endangered and common species of migratory and native birds such as Siberian Cranes, Egrets, Herons, Parrots, and Waterfowls. A cruise along the lake is an ideal way to discover the area.
For the foodies, tasting the authentic cuisine is one of the most interesting things to do in Kumarakom. Kumarakom is traditionally famous for its dish called sadhyas, a vegetarian recipe on a banana leaf. It comprises of boiled rice and many side dishes such as vegetable stews and pancakes. You can try this meal in Lakshmi restaurant where authentic items are always on the menu. Uttapam and avial (much like sambar)are best at the Baker’s Gourmetrestaurant located at Vivanta-by-Taj.