Kumarakom houseboat cruise can be arranged by almost allt he hotels or resorts there
Kumarakon, 15 km west of Kottayam and on the shore of Vembanad Lake, is an unhurried backwater town with a smattering of dazzling top-end sleeping options. You can arrange houseboats through Kumarakom's less-crowded canals, but expect to pay considerably more than in Alleppey.
Arundhati Roy, author of the 1997 Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things, was raised in the nearby Aymanam village.
Mangrove forests, paddy fields, coconut groves and enchanting waterways adorn the picturesque village of Kumarakom. Sandwiched between vast Vembanad lake and cris-crossing waterways, Kumarakom offers idyllic backwater tours of Kerala.
Kumarakom Houseboat package offer an incredible journey along this scenic world cruising leisurely on a kettuvallom, the traditional rice-boat-turned-house boat Kerala. The resorts here offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive facilities like Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling, swimming and kumarakom houseboat packages.
Kumarakom houseboat operators
Ganga Houseboat Services
St. Mary House boat services
Kumarakom Water Transport Company
Summer Breeze Houseboat
Rajahamsam Luxury Houseboat
Roayal Riviera Houseboat Services
River n Lake
Karippuram Houseboat Service
Kumarakom Houseboat and Accommodation in Kumarakom
Most of these Kumarakom houseboat operators are associated with hotels and resorts here. See the details of couple of homestays and a heritage hotel to know how accommodation in Kumarakom look like. And they have tie-up with Kumarkom houseboat operators.
Cruise 'N Lake
Puthenpura Tourist Enclave
As any real estate agent will tell you, it's all about location, location, location. Crowning the tip of a small peninsula surrounded by backwaters on one side and a lawn of rice paddies on the other, this is the ideal affordable getaway.
The rooms are plain, but it is lovely and secluded out here, surrounded by bucolic villages where houseboats are made by hand. To get to it, go several kilometres past the sanctuary and take a left, it is then 2km down a dirt road. Management can arrange pick-ups from Kottayam, and houseboats are available from here.
Tharavadu Heritage Home
Govt. Boat Jetty
Tharavaclu means 'large family house', an apt description. Rooms are either in the superbly restored 1870s teak family mansion or in equally comfortable individual creek side cottages. All abodes are excellently crafted and come with arty touches. Some have glistening teak beams while others have big bay windows and relaxing patios. It is 4 km before the bird sanctuary.
Coconut Lagoon Resort
Spread languidly over 9 hectares of grounds, this luxurious resort offers the ultimate in seclusion: it is accessible only by private boat.
Surrounded by backwaters and with perfect sunsets guaranteed, the different tharavad (ancestral home) cottages on offer here are variously filled with polished wood, classy antique-style furnishings and neat open-air bathrooms.
This place might be familiar to those who have read Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things.
Sights and Activities in Kottayam Backwaters
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - Nature Reserve (6am-6pm)
This reserve on the 5-hectare site of a former rubber plantation is the haunt of a variety of domestic and migratory birds. October to February is the time for travelling birds like the garganey teal, osprey, marsh harrier and steppey eagle: May to July is the breeding season for local species such as the Indian shag, pond herons, egrets and darters. Early morning is the best viewing time.
Buses between Kottayam's KSRTC stand and Kumarakom stop at the entrance to the sanctuary
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