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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places of interest around Kumarakom?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Kerala as a tourist destination has a lot to offer to the avid traveller. So when you pack your bags for Kumarakom, throw in an extra T-shirt or two and visit the Kovalam beaches, see how they make coir at Alappuzha and shop at Kottayam before you head out.

  • Kottayam

Kottayam is about 30 mins (14 km) from Kumarakom. Add to this a gracious half an hour of getting stuck in traffic. Kottayam is the nearest town to Kumarakom. With a variety of shopping options, gorgeous churches and ancient temples, it’s a place worth a visit.

The Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple for one is a major stopover for the Sabarimala pilgrims and is popular for its stunning wall paintings. Then there is the Thirunakkara Temple built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. The Vimalagiri Latin Catholic Church and the Holy Trinity CSI Cathedral are only two names among the many beautiful churches here.

You’ll also get to shop here. From silk sarees, spices, banana, jackfruit and tapioca chips, ayurvedic oils and balms, coconut oil, kerala halwa, coffee powder, dried fish, gold jewellery, umbrellas and much more.

  • Alappuzha

Hop on to a boat and head towards Alappuzha. You could also pick between a bus ride and a taxi as an alternative. It’s will take you about an hour from Kumarakom. This is where the boat race - Nehru Cup takes place every Sept-Oct. Although the houseboats and boat ride may seem like the highlight here,  but it’s actually the coir making industry. Apart from eating fresh river fish (karimeen) you’ll get to see the entire coir making process here. See how coconut husk is beaten in pretty choir mats. You can also pick up some for home at cheap rates.

  • Kochi

Kochi has beaches, some sightseeing and a little shopping. It also has some nice places to eat. You can either take a boat, bus or cab to Kochi It’s roughly about 65 km from Kumarakom and should take you not more than 2 hours at the max.

While visiting temples in Kerala, remember that the women are expected to wear saris or set-munda (traditional saree sort of attire) and the men mundu (dhoti) and no shirt. In a church, you’ll be required to remove your shoes. And the women are supposed to cover their head, if service is on. These instruction are written in Malayalam (language used in Kerala) so you might miss the instructions.

When you visit the beaches wear floaters, you won't lose them in the water. Carry some lose cash as the eating places and trinket shops at the beach (shack type) won’t accept cards.

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