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Located 16 km from Kottayam, Kumarakom offers a backwater holiday unlike no other. With its lush paddy fields and green palms, Kumarakom is an ideal backwater destination. Situated right on the Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom is a popular picnic spot with boating, fishing and exciting sight seeing. A network of rivers and canals empty into the Vembanad Lake which is a big tourist spot and attracts many tourists from all over the world.
Houseboat cruises on Kumarakom backwaters are very popular with tourists who get to experience the life on backwaters first hand and be one with nature. The backwaters are full of canoes and country boats sailing silently through the zigzagging waterways. There are different house boat cruises available to suit every budget. The longest backwater cruise starts from Kollam and ends at Allapuzha.
The house boats are self sufficient in every way properly fitted out with bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and an open sit out cum dining area with a majestic view of the backwaters, paddy fields and rubber plantations. It is really quite an experience! It offers a glance at the rustic life on Kumarakom backwaters. While sailing down a maze of canals, one sees different scenes from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fishermen and local life. It seems a different world out there with swaying paddy fields, evergreen coconut palms and the calls of many migratory birds.
One big occasion to look forward to on the backwaters is the annual Onam celebrations which is the time for the snake boat races. It is unlike any other event and certainly not to be missed! Almost a hundred oarsmen in each boat try to out race other boats accompanied by singing all around.