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  Kumarakom

Brief
This is one location that has what you need for a holiday – just the right mix of activity and relaxation! Welcome to Kumarakom! Set amidst lush mangrove forests, swaying coconut trees, paddy fields and waterways filled with white lilies, it is also home to one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. And keen ornithologists have more reason to be thrilled! Because between November to March, the Bird Sanctuary comes to life with migratory birds finding there way here in scores. Whether it’s a honeymoon holiday you’re looking for, a family outing or a leisurely cruise down the backwaters, this promises to be an unforgettable experience!

Reasons to visit
We welcome you to the most exciting tourist attractions and travel destinations which are given below. We take into notice each and every details about recreation, entertainment, adventure and relaxation. By looking at the things to do in a city one can see if that spot offers romance, family fun, Sight seeing or adventure. Drill down into the tourist attractions below to find out more about each place and see how the local customs create a unique atmosphere.

Water Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom is an ornithologist’s paradise. The famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, spreading over 14 acres of land. This sanctuary is a favourite haunt for migratory birds, like the Siberian Stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Local birds like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl and water hen can also be spotted here. Plan your trip here during June-August and November to February, which is the best time to watch the birds. Best time to bird watch is June-August and migratory birds during November- February. A cruise along the Vemband Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary and houseboats and motor boats are available on hire for this purpose.

Bay Island Driftwood Museum  
Located near the Kumarakom Jetty is a distinct building with pillared verandahs and sloping tiled roof. This unique museum displays ‘the art of the sea’ — chiseled driftwood from Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. The driftwood pieces were carved by Raji Punnoose, a retired teacher, into various shapes - from a crocodile to a sculpture.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls  
Located 18 km from Kottayam town, this is a scenic picnic spot, complete with rubber plantations. It has tiny streams making their way through the landscape before cascading down the mountains from a height of 100 ft.

Kottayam  
This old town located 16 kms away is known for its profusion of churches, especially the Cheria Palli (small church) known for its remarkable paintings over the altar and the Valia Palli (big church) located amidst a cluster of houses on a hillock. St. Mary’s Church in the hills of Kuravilangad has an old bell with a mysterious inscription. The Ettumanoor Shiva Temple, situated 12 km north of Kottayam has stunning wall paintings and carvings inside the temple. St. George’s Church is known for the golden cross and the annual feast of St. George.

Shopping Delights  
Shopping Delights Some of the best buys here include metal-ware, camel-bone carvings, wood carvings, articles made of coconut shell, bamboo and cane, embroidered screw-pine, painted mats, gold, aromatic spices and handicrafts.

Festive Celebrations  
Erumeli Petta Thulla in January is marked by a grand spectacle and parade of bedecked elephants. An extremely important festival, Ettumanoor Ezharapponnana is celebrated in February or March.