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About Kumarakom

Time stands still in this backwater village, settled around the charismatic Lake Vembanad. Kumarakom makes the perfect holiday refuge, with an alluring blend of culture, nature and relaxation amid the placid backwaters, gracefully-swaying coconut trees and lush rice paddies.

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Sight Seeing

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary, on the banks of the placid Lake Vembanad, attracts migratory birds like the Siberian crane, teal, osprey and marsh harrier, as well as storks and ibises in winter months. A morning bird safari offers the best chances of great sightings.
Time : 6:30 AM
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Syrian Orthodox Kottayam Cheriapally Church

This church, also called St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church has a unique façade with an intriguing mix of Portuguese, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian elements. Believed to have been built in the 16th century, the church today houses a beautiful four hundred-year old painting amongst other attractions.
Time : 8:00 AM
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Thazhathangady Juma Masjid

Said to be over a thousand years old, this mosque, on the banks of the Meenachil River outside Kottayam, is known for its architecture and carvings. Although the mosque open to public access only at certain times, it is still worth marvelling at from the outside.
Time : 7:00 AM

Activities To Do

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Cruise down the backwaters at sunset

No trip to Kumarakom is ever complete without admiring the spectacular sunsets from a local canoe. Start with a tour of the backwaters before stopping to wait for the dramatic dipping of the sun, with the gorgeous Chinese fishing nets in the background.
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Revitalise yourself

Kerala is known for its holistic Ayurvedic wisdom, and you can choose for your holiday to be a detoxification break, with a healthy diet and treatment schedules. Pamper yourself with some relaxing Ayurvedic massages and ease yourself before you get back to your regular pace of life.
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Go fishing

The waters of Lake Vembanad, around which the village of Kumarakom is sited, teem with a rich variety of fish. Angling enthusiasts will enjoy a quiet day by the serene water as they wait for a bite.

Shopping

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Take home local snacks

Thin-cut slices of banana fried in hot coconut oil and dusted with salt, pepper or chilli powder are a quintessential snack in Kerala, and both raw and ripe bananas get the treatment. Watch them being pulled out crisp at Calicut Chips Centre in Kottayam where you can buy yourself some. These chips have a good shelf life and make for good anytime snacks.
Time : 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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Get yourself some Kerala gold

Kerala gold is known for its purity and the intricacy of the designs into which it is fashioned, and it comes as no surprise that it is famous the world over among lovers of jewellery. Kalyan Jewellers in nearby Kottayam traditional and contemporary designs on offer.
Time : 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Buy Kerala saris

Buying a traditional Kerala-style sari offers you a a chance to add a beautiful length of pure silk to your wardrobe. Whether you prefer the traditional white sari with a gold stripe, or a resplendent silk piece with an elaborate border, you will find it all at Seematti in Kottayam.
Time : 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Have yourself an active day: Stir yourself out of languor to explore a nearby church and mosque, and drive into Kottayam to shop.
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Visit a Centuries-old Church
Marvel at a Mosque over a Thousand Years Old
Pick up Some Delectable Snacks
Treat Yourself to Traditional Jewellery
Pamper Yourself with Wearable Art
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