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Kamis, 04 Mei 2017

Kuala Lumpur - An exciting journey

  spamweb       Kamis, 04 Mei 2017
Kumarakom - Backwater paradise

Kumarakom is a cluster of tiny islands around the Vembanad Lake in the beautiful state of Kerala. This tropical city is famous for its sparkling backwaters and the lush greenery that surrounds it.

The Vembanad Lake is most famous for its ‘Kettuvallams’. These are large and spacious houseboats that offer various cruises around the lake and is a must do activity for anyone visiting Kumarakom. The kettuvallams are equipped with a kitchen, spacious bedrooms and the main lounge area is provided with many seating options perfect for a large group of family and friends. While the day long trip is ideal for large groups, the overnight cruise along the lake is perfect for the honeymooners. The kitchen in the boat is well equipped with everything you could ask for and serves scrumptious traditional Kerala meals along with freshly caught fish made in a spicy recipe. The cruise is ideal for a tranquil getaway from the hustle bustle of the city. As you float along the networks of canals and the lakes, the charm of the daily life of the people living on the banks can be seen. While the women folk indulge in their daily dose of gossip as they wash clothes on the banks, half naked gleeful kids jump into the lake to make for a perfect kodak moment.

Small wooden canoes take you on yet another unique trip to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is another major attraction here. A tour of this sanctuary is best taken during early morning when the woods come alive with the chatter of birds of all varieties.

Since fishing is one the chief livelihood of the natives, Kumarakom is abundant in marine life of all varieties. Considered a fish lover’s haven, the foodie is literally spoilt for choice with the several varieties of fresh water and salt water fish found here. The most popular seafood dish here is the succulent ‘karimeen porichathu’ or fried pearl spotted fish. These are served in traditional style covered in baked banana leaves. Shrimps and prawns are also aplenty in the region and makes for a mouthwatering seafood platter.

Kumarakom is abundant in tropical fruits like bananas, mangoes and pineapples. Owing to its tropical climate, the region is also home to mangroves, coconut palms, coffee plantations and cocoa plantations making it a preferred tourism destination. The time to visit Kumarakom is during the festival of Onam when it turns into a centre for boat races or ‘Vallam Kali’ which is an exhilarating experience.

Kottayam is the closest railway station to Kumarakom which is just about 16 km apart. One can reach Kumarakom from Kottayam and Alappuzha by boat. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery, which is at a distance of 85 km from Kumarakom.

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