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The small town of Kumarakom stands on the banks of the charming Vembanad Lake, at around 14 km from Kottayam. The most preferred area in the backwaters is the �Kuttanad region�, often termed as the rice bowl of Kerala. The following information about Kumarakom will prove quite helpful for tourists planning to visit this place:

Basic Data

Country India
State Kerala
District Kottayam
City Kumarakom

A group of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a part of the Kuttanad area. The bird sanctuary here, which sprawls over 14 acres, is a chosen haunt of migratory birds and consequently an ecstasy for the bird lovers. Egrets, herons, darters, teal, cuckoo, waterfowl, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that throng here are a major attraction for visitors. A boat trip round the islands is an ideal way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary. A charming backwater destination, Kumarakom offers its visitors several other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities

History of Kumarakom

Once an old rubber plantation, Kumarakom was subsequently developed into a Bird Sanctuary � and ranks today as one of the favorite tourist attractions in Kumarakom. Presently it is a leisure retreat, very popular among foreigners and Indians alike. A ride on Kerala�s houseboats, known as Kettuvalloms is an experience that cannot be missed at any cost. An Englishman Henry Baker, enthralled by the beauty of the place, settled here in the previous century. Having bought 104 acres of land from the then Maharaja of Travancore, he made Kumarakom his home. Baker�s bungalow has now been converted into the luxurious Taj Garden Retreat.

Best Season, Climate, and Clothing

ts closeness to the sea makes the climate of Kumarakom a rather moderate one, with heavy rains visiting the place during the months of June-August due to the southwest monsoons. Winter commences from December and continues till February. In summer, the temperature soars to a maximum of 35�C and in the winters it dips to 25�C. Annual average rainfall is around 310 cm.

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