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The awe-inspiring backwater town of Kerala, is known for its lush green surroundings, majestic backwaters and unexplored natural beauty. This picturesque cluster of small islands make for a calm, serene holiday amidst the bounty of nature. Come bird-watching for rare, exotic migratory birds, especially the Siberian Crane, that flock to this beautiful land during different seasons.
This historical island-town in Vembanad Lake is named after Kumaran, the deity of Kumarakom's oldest temple. In the Kottayam district of "God's Own Country", the cluster of islands were developed by the English farmer, Mr. Baker and his family, whose old 19th Century house has been restored and renovated into a resort by Taj hotels. 

It’s easy to see why National Geographic Traveller would call Kumarakom “one of the ten paradises on Earth”. The backwaters fishing village is indeed a haven, and has had its attractions advertised by some stunning top-end resorts by the side of Lake Vembanad. The erstwhile Prime Minister AB Vajpayee did his bit by retreating here and releasing his ‘musings’ to the nation. Till around 1880, this area was a marshy tract, part of the huge Vembanad Lake wetlands ecosystem, itself part of the backwaters that connect Kottayam, Kochi and Alappuzha districts. Then, the king of Travancore granted 500 acres here to one AG Baker, later to become Kumarakom’s local legend. In his watery acreage, Baker reclaimed land, filled the marsh, made embankments for fields, planted mangroves to protect the soil, and grew paddy and coconut. He also retained some protected area for birds. And today the little village by the vast lake teems with water and palms, birds and fish, boats and rice, sun and breeze. And, of course, high-end tourism.

This is one destination where the hotel you stay in will be a very large part of your holiday. Most of the Kumarakom resorts make excellent use of the Vembanad or its canals, revel in Kerala heritage furnishings and offer great Kerala Ayurvedic treatments. They also take you on activities like watching traditional boat-building, cycling around nearby plantations, visiting the bird sanctuary. Also, houseboat stays, boat rides and sunset cruises are a must.

A popular honeymoon destination, Kumarakom is also thronged by bird-watchers throughout the year, who come to spot migratory birds in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Visitors will find shrubs, trees and mangroves, the area being still unexploited and fertile, particularly lush during monsoons, when the lake overflows into little canals to irrigate the soil. Fishing is a popular activity here, with an extensive variety of fish, especially the "Pearl Spot" fish, which is a delicacy in and around Kumarakom. Come here for an exotic holiday, rent a floating houseboat in the most picturesque of surroundings and hire a chef to cook up some local specialities.
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"Houseboat experience at backwaters"
reviewed on Jun 27 2014
It was a lifetime experience in the houseboat at the backwaters of Kumarakom. The sailing was for 3 hours and I will never forget this experience in my entire life. Boat was hired for the family and my kids enjoyed it to the max. U have to book in Advance hotel and House boat. We had wonderful time with my family
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