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DESTINATION GUIDE INDIA - KUMARAKOM
the "Queen of hill stations" is the capital of Nilgiri
district. It is one of the Best tourist resorts and is
called as "Blue Mountains". It is a land of dreams and a
picturesque hill station. It is situated at a distance of
105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the
Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 meters, the
highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 meters.
This famous hill station is at the junction of Tamil Nadu,
Kerala and Karnataka, three southern states of
India. British founded this hill resort which seemed them as
their summer headquarters. Before that time, the area was
inhabited by Todas. These tribal people still inhabit the
area, but only around 3000 remain.
What was once
a getaway from the steamy summers of the plains for the
British elite of the Madras Presidency is now a hill station
that caters to weekend holidaymakers from all over the South
of India and honeymooners from across the country.
ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES- KUMARAKOM
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the
Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the
The Kumarakom bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14
acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an
ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal,
waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck, and migratory birds like the
Siberian stork that live there in flocks fascinates the
visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom
sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests,
emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves interspersed
with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lilies
makes the beauty of Kumarakom. A picturesque world of
backwaters thatched houseboats, Cormorants, Chinese fishing
nets, and swaying palms are ideal for a vacation.
Backwater in Kumarakom
Kerala is known for its panoramic backwater stretches, lush
green paddy fields, highlands and beaches. The major backwater
stretch is in Kottayam district, where a network of rivers and
canals empty into the great expanse of water called the
Vembanad Lake. Located at Kumarakom 16 km from Kottayam town,
the Vembanad Lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast
developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating,
fishing and sight seeing experiences that are truly
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake.
The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and
distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and
enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed
palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets.
Pathiramanal (sands of midnight)
This is an enchanting island on the lake, can be accessed by
boat from here. This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home
to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts
of the world.
Waterfalls Located 18km from Kottayam town, 2 km down a mud
lane from Kumarakom is this beautiful picnic spot where
streams tinkle as they make their way through the landscape
and waters roar as they cascade down the mountains from a
height of 100 ft.
Pathiramanal (sands of midnight), an enchanting island on the
lake, can be accessed by boat from here. This 10 acre island
on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory
birds from different parts of the world. According to
mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to
perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for the
land to rise from below. The island can be accessed only by
boat. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to
experience the sanctuary.
HOW TO REACH -
» By Air -
85 Km from Cochin International Airport and the 250 Km from
Trivandrum International Airport.
» By Rail - 16 Km from Kottayam.
» By Road -
Buses and Taxis are easily available at all time of the day