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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

How can one travel within Kumarakom?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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Kumarakom is a small group of islands with the Vembanad Lake resting alongside it. To travel around the place you'll need to either walk or hire a cab and the house boats and ferries will take you around the backwaters.

  • Walking

Kumarakom covers a small area and so you always have the option of walking around the place. Mostly it would be a short walk from your hotel to the jetty to hop onto a boat. The roads are nice and tarred with trees – coconut, banana and jackfruit dotted on each side. You could even set out on an evening or morning walk to explore the Kumarakom with lovely stretches of green paddy and stretched on the sides of the road.

  • Taxis

There isn't much travelling to do around the place but to travel longer distance hire a cab. This is only needed when you go for sightseeing outside Kumarakom. Mostly your hotel will arrange for it so you don't have to fret about finding a taxi or operators here.

  • Houseboats and Ferry Service

A houseboat cruise on the backwaters is a luxurious affair. These have snug bedrooms and toilets on board. They also serve fresh fish and other local cuisines. Spend at least 4-5 hours on this for a complete round of the backwaters. There houseboat service works in two shifts – morning and evening. The morning shift is from 10 am to 5 pm and you'll get to see local fisherman fishing on little boats, boats and ferries run by the Kerala Water Transport Service. The evening service starts at 6ish and the boat is anchored in the water at night. The waters are loaded with karimeen (fish) and if you want to have a closer look, try feeding them. Drop a few rice flakes in the water and see how it disappears in a jiffy!

The speed boats, ferries and other boat rates vary. Sit inside the boats during the day and enjoy the serene waters from the deck as the sun calms down. The boat trip will also take you to the bird sanctuary and the museum. Big boats cannot anchor near Padiramanil, so you need to travel by smaller boats to go there.

Houseboats will charge you about INR 1500 to INR 1700 per hour, plus food.

Travelling in Kumarakom is very easy and your hotel or tour operators will manage most of it. Most people understand English and Hindi (enough for a conversation) so you won't have much trouble interacting with either the locals or the drivers.

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