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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Kumarakom?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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A cluster of man made islands derived its name from the local deity of the area - Kumaran. Once under the Vadakkancore rulers who lost Kumarakom to the Travancore rulers, this fertile chunk became a plantation project for an English farmer, Alfred Baker in 1978. Once under him, Kumarakom started to see a coconut and paddy cultivation in plenty. The Baker House built by him is today being used by the Taj Hotel as a Garden Retreat.

As time went by the Kumarakom came into the notice of the locals itself. Since the groundwork was already done by Baker, with a little time and investment, Kumarakom turned into the luxury holiday destination that it is today.

The locals here are simple and usually live off fishing or tourism. Although Christianity may seem like the dominant religion, the population mainly follows Hinduism and there are enough Muslims as we. Hence, all religions are celebrated with equal zeal. And the entire Kerala comes together to cheer the oarsmen at the boatrace - The Nehru Cup that takes place during Onam around September-October.

And, no matter what the occasion is, there will always be some fish and rice on the plate. Kumarakom combines the simple joys of life and the luxury of an indulgent holiday destination. You can explore more with several fantastic things to do in Kumarakom.

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