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 History

Kumarakom is a minor destination comprised of a collection of small islands in the state of Kerala. Before its popularity as a tourist town, Kumarakom was an area located near a marshy mangrove on the edge of the Vembanad lake. In 1878, George Alfred Baker, a missionary from Essex, England, set about clearing the mangrove and replacing it with coconut plantations. Baker was so taken aback by the beauty of Kumarakom that he decided to make it his home and in doing so he became the catalyst for development in the area.

'Development' however, is a term used very loosely because the greatest appeal of the area is perhaps its underdevelopment or its lack of masses of manmade constructions that might otherwise spoil its tremendous natural beauty. The potential of Kumarakom's bird sanctuary has of course been realised; strict laws prevent the destruction of this area and hence maintain its strict natural integrity.

Kumarakom can be found in Kerala, a state that wasn't officially established until November 1956. The region's early history saw settlers such as the Negrito people focused in three areas, then known as: Malabar, Cannanore and Kasargode. The Negrito people still inhabit the mountainous areas in the south of the country today. After the Negritos came the Austriches and then the Dravidians; the latter still having a significant effect on modern culture in Kerala.

After the Portuguese discovered the route to India from Europe by sea, a wave of visitors arrived, some settling permanently into the area and contributing to Kerala's mix of followers of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Keralites celebrate the official recognition of the state on 1 November every year, a day they refer to as Kerala piravi meaning the 'Birth of Kerala.


 People

The people on the banks of Vembanad Lake are generally peace-loving and follow a neat and healthy lifestyle. Their dressing is immaculate, usually spotless whites. They keep their dwellings and surroundings very clean. The food mainly consist of rice and fish. For breakfast it is usually 'Dosa' or 'Idly', both made from rice paste, swallowed down with coconut chutney. Fish is a very important item in their menu for lunch and dinner . 'Karimeen' a spotted fish is a special gift of the backwaters.


 Festivals

The most famous festival of Kumarakom is Onam which is celebrated in the month of August/ September. The entire village is decorated with flowers and lights. The Dance performances are simply mind blowing.


 Kumarakom Hotels


 Kumarakom Tours


TOUR NAME DURATION PLACES
 Backwater
 Magic
06 Nights & 07 Days Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Cochin
Backwater Magic

Tour Information

  • Starting Point:
  • Cochin

  • Ending Point:
  • Cochin

  • Duration:
  • 06 Nights / 07 Days


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 Splendors of
 Kerala
07 Nights & 08 Days Cochin - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Kovalam
Splendors of Kerala

Tour Information

  • Starting Point:
  • Cochin

  • Ending Point:
  • Kovalam

  • Duration:
  • 07 Nights / 08 Days


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 Best of Kerala 09 Nights & 10 Days Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Kettuvalam - Alleppey - Kanyakumari - Kovalam
Best of Kerala

Tour Information

  • Starting Point:
  • Cochin

  • Ending Point:
  • Kovalam

  • Duration:
  • 09 Nights / 10 Days


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