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Kumarakom is a village located 16 km from Kottayam district in Kerala, India. It is a tourist village with group of islands on Vembanad Lake. The soil of Kumarakom is extremely fertile due to the water source; this has resulted in the growth of a wide variety of plants and trees in Kumarakom, especially the mangrove and coconut trees.
Vembanad Lake is home to several types of marine life exclusively the "Karimeen" (Pearl Spotted Fish), the "Chemeen" (Prawns) and the "Konju" (Tiger Prawns),.which attracts many marine birds.
Formerly, Kumarakom was an old rubber plantation, but now it has developed as a bird sanctuary. Not only Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teal, Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Wild Duck, and wandering birds like the Siberian Stork that habitat in groups are the main attraction for the visitors, but it is also a place for Zoologists who study wide variety of birds.
Kumarakom is now a very popular holiday spot with domestic as well as overseas tourists. In the Kumarakom sanctuary, captivating backwater destination, the best way to watch the birds is by boat trips round the islands.
The local spring season is from August and co occurs with the harvest festival of Onam. The lowest and highest temperatures recorded are 16° C and 38° C. There is always a cool, fresh gentle wind, which makes even the hottest weather gladly enjoyable. The South West monsoon is from early June to August. However, slight drizzles continue till November. Average rainfall is 1100 mm per year. The peak tourist season is from November to March.
They are many tourist resorts across Kottayam; Kumarakom illikkalam lake resort is one of them situated in 1½ acres of natural greeneries on the banks of Vembanad Lake. The Taj Garden Retreat hotel complex offers complete privacy and a peaceful atmosphere.
There are many other tourist lodges and house boats, which are the main attraction of Kottayam.
One can travel to Kumarakom by many means of:
Air: Trivandrum International Airport which is 170 kms and Cochin airport is 70 km far from Kottayam, from where you can take a boat ride to Kumarakom.
Train: You can travel up to Kottayam, which is well connected to all the major cities.
Boat: They are many boat services from Cochin and if you arrive at Trivandrum International Airport, you should go to Quilon by road or rail (it takes just about one hour). From there, you can take the regular ferry service to Alleppey, a long and delightful ride on Kerala's backwaters.
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