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Our Top 5 Picks for Things To Do in Kumarakom

Located on the beautiful backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of islands in southern India. Boasting a labyrinth of canals, lakes and rivulets and home to varied wildlife, Kumarakom is a place you will want to visit more than once in your lifetime.

If you are searching for a holiday destination that is rich in history and culture, then Kumarakom is the place for you. With friendly locals and plenty to see and do, the laidback village life is easy to get used to, and the secluded Park Regis Aveda is the perfect location to rest your head after long days of exploring.

To ensure you don’t miss a thing we have curated five must-see hot spots for your stay in Kumarakom:

1. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

A bird watching paradise, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to over 180 species of birds. It is located on the banks of the Kavanar River and covers 14 acres of fertile untouched land with unique climatic conditions cultivating abundant bird life. A second home to many migratory birds from Himalayas and Siberia, this sanctuary is a must do for travellers visiting Kumarakom and only a 15 minute drive from your doorstep.

2. Vembanad Lake

Boasting the title of the longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad Lake is home to more than 100 native birds. People from around the world visit the lake to experience a boat ride on these scenic and beautiful backwaters and if you are lucky enough to visit during the festival of Onam, you will get the witness the spectacular snake boat races. Only a short walk  from Park Regis Aveda, this is certainly one not to miss!

3. Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Looking for a budget-friendly day out in Kumarakom? Add the Bay Island Driftwood Museum to your list of places to visit! Just a short drive from your hotel, this is boutique museum is soaked in history and features a curated collection of rare and innovative driftwood art. Some pieces are believed to be centuries old and hold a very high artistic value. If the 4.5 star rating on Trip Advisor doesn’t speak for itself, let us convince you on visiting the Bay Island Driftwood Museum.

4. Aruvikkuzhi waterfall

In an idyllic location, the Aruvikkuzhi waterfall makes a great family-friendly day out! Best visited during the monsoon season the cascading beauty is 30 metres high and is surrounded by lush greenery, creating a spectacular image. With abundant wildlife, beautiful scenery and a perfect vantage point for bird watching, it is easy to see why this is a popular picnic spot. The falls are located 18km from Kottayam, can be easily reached by passing through a series of pathways – both a photographers and bird watchers dream.

5. Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple

Etthumanoor Mahadeva is one of the most famous Ancient Shiva temples believed to have been built in the 16th century. Just under an hours’ drive from Park Regis Aveda, this beautiful ancient temple is a spiritual experience for visitors and one worth checking out. In February and March thousands of visitors flock to the temple to take part in an annual festival, held for 10 days where devotees worship the temple’s golden elephant statues and watch a fireworks display to close out the festival.

6. Pathiramanal

Accessible only by boat, Pathiramanal is an island abode located 1.5km from Muhamma or 13km from Alapuzha. Boasting breathtaking island views, locals invite visitors to discover the natural beauty of the island. This bird-watchers paradise will transport you to a whole new world and allow you bask in your relaxing getaway.