The Vibrant nuances of tourism in Kumarakom in Kerala

Pathiramanal Island Kumarakom
Pathiramanal Island Kumarakom

Kumarakom in Kerala must be included in the bucket list of every traveller. An internationally renowned backwater destination, set up in the tranquil waters of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is bestowed with exquisite natural beauty. In fact, it is the only place in India after Kashmir, which is known for its houseboat rides. The rich flora espoused with wild fauna makes the place more popular amongst the nature enthusiasts.

So, with these tempting attractions, we decided to explore Kumarakom last November. The weather was amicable for our long planned Kumarakom tour. We reached Kumarakom at 5 in the morning. After the power nap for a couple of hours, we decided to take a boat ride to Pathiramanal Island. The charm of the rich green vegetation, which we crossed while reaching the island is definitely memorable.

Pathiramanal‘ meaning ‘sands of night’ is a small island located in the middle of Vembanad Lake. We spotted many rare migratory birds like egret and heron bathing themselves gracefully in the waters of Vembanad. It was like sitting and watching a live wildlife channel. We had only seen them on television and it was a completely different experience to see them flocking freely towards the expansive blue sky. Pathiramanal is not only a haven for endangered birds but also many rare plants like Aponogeton appendiculatus, Macuna gigantean, Flagellaria indica, and mangrove species like Bruguiera gymnorhiza, Soniratia apetala and Exoecaria agallocha are also found, though in less numbers.

What fascinated us the most was the legend associated with the island? It’s said that once a famous Brahmin named Vilwamangalathu Swamiar, during a night boat ride through Vembanad Lake, wanted to answer the call of nature. For this he magically created the island at night from the lake, hence giving the island its name. We walked through the island, enjoying its lush green beauty and then we finally headed towards the famous Water Bird Sanctuary. We hired a boat as the locals told us that the sanctuary is best enjoyed by a cruise or a boat ride. Now that was fun!

Experiencing the wildlife on a moving boat was like a kaleidoscopic image before us. Sheer bliss, indeed! We were enchanted and surprised by the creating capability of the almighty. Such innocent and beautiful lives, bright vivid colours as if the God in the heaven was sitting with the best quality of paints and brushes. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was time to march toward our next destination, the Driftwood Museum.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

As the name suggests, the museum homes the sculptures of various wild animals, carved out of the driftwood pieces. We rushed through the museum as the closing time was at 5 pm and we had very less time to explore the place. The museum displayed a unique collection of superior quality driftwood sculptures prepared through rare and innovative art form. All the displays in the museum had an inculcation of qualities like imagination, creativity, initiation and originality in them. We had never witnessed such an art form before.

After several more tourist places in Kumarakom, we finally went back to our hotel. Tired with the full day of exploration, sleep enveloped us like the swathing mirages wrestling with the brilliance of the lagoon. Our Kumarakom tour had come to an end.

The very thought of leaving the place left a hollow feeling within us. The place had done its magic on us, we had fallen for its beauty and it was hard to leave. Somehow we packed our luggage and headed towards the railway station.

One of our group members enthusiastically exclaimed that he wanted to visit Kumarakom again. But nobody replied because all of us had the same thing in our minds.

Posted on December 18th, 2014 by Caper Travel  |  Comments Off on The Vibrant nuances of tourism in Kumarakom in Kerala

Kumarakom Backwater a Leisurely Paradise

Vembanad Lake Kumarakom
Vembanad Lake Kumarakom

Kumarakom, an enchanting backwater destination in Kerala is a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake which is part of Kuttanad region. Looking at the images of the picturesque paradise of forests, coconut groves, canals adorned with white lilies and houseboats, Kumarakom seemed an ideal getaway to me from my mundane routine and so I planned for a short tour to Kumarakom backwaters.

Reaching there, I could feel nature at its best; the scenic views were picture perfect and a well balanced tropical climate to enjoy the excursion. The first destination in the Backwaters is Pathiramanal, a beautiful island and home to a rare variety of migratory birds. It is only accessible by a boat and thus this green island is an ideal place during the Backwater cruise. Houseboats are the most enchanting way to explore the beautiful scenery around the region.

The Kumarakom Backwaters of Kerala is a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to Arabian Sea Coast. One must also go for Boating or cruising in Vembanad Lake and sightseeing which are truly exhilarating. It is one of the largest lakes in Kerala and a beguiling picnic spot to enjoy serenity and a calm evening. If you are an enthusiastic Bird lover then Kumarakom backwater is the paradise for you. It is a favorite haunt of the migratory birds.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

You could spot Egrets, Darters, Herons, Cuckoo and migratory birds like Siberian stork that live here in flock and a fascination to watch. I took a boat trip round the islands which is probably the best way to watch the birds. Next on the itinerary is Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of Vembanad Lake. A boat cruise on the Lake along the sanctuary acquaints one with a variety of migratory and native birds like Kingfishers and Woodpeckers. One must also enjoy fishing in the succulent and bountiful freshwater and relish their taste along. With this my tour to Kumarakom backwaters came to an end. The trip apprised me with the charming Kumarakom attractions and an out of the world experience.

Posted on October 10th, 2013 by Caper Travel  |  Comments Off on Kumarakom Backwater a Leisurely Paradise