The Kumarakom backwaters are lush little island clusters on the Vembanad lake, with plenty of fishing, verdant paddy fields, coconut palms, exotic migratory birds, lagoon cruises, dreamy houseboats and the lullaby of crickets in the background.

1: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

 Take a boat out to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (it’s also known as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary; 6 am to 6 pm). While November – May is the season to find migratory birds and June-August is the breeding season, you can still go in October and find plenty of beautiful local wetland birds, such as various species of egrets and herons, several kingfisher species, Little Cormorant, Indian Darter etc.

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (Credits: Vembanadholidays)

2: Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Go on a short boat ride, or head out to visit the Bay Island Driftwood Museum in the neighborhood of Chakranpadi, Pathiramanal, which can be reached by boat. This is where Arundhati Roy drew her inspiration from, of the imaginary Ayemenem, in her novel God of Small Things. At the museum, you will find a fascinating collection of driftwood that has been carved by the sea and collected by the owner.

 

3: Krishnapuram Palace

The other place worth checking is the 18th century Krishnapuram Palace was built by the Travancore king, Marathanda Varma depicting traditional Kerala architecture. The place houses sculptures, paintings, antiques and murals including the ‘Gajendra Moksham’, the largest mural in Kerala.

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The exotic Krishnapuram Palace! (Credits: Indiantravels)

4: Pathiramanal

 An island on the famous Vembanad Lake and is hardly 10 acres in size. The island is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world and is a must visit when in Kumarakom.This is a great place for birdwatchers to click pictures of many exotic and colourful migratory birds from across the world.

 

5: Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls

An ideal picnic spot, the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls are located two kilometres away from Kumarakom. Enjoy a relaxed and peaceful time with your loved ones as you watch the waters of the fall cascading down the cliff from a height of 100 feet!

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Enjoy the bliss! (Credits: KeralaTourism)

6: Juma Masjid

An ancient mosque over 1000 years old, Juma Masjid also called Thazhathangadi Mosque was constructed by Malik Dinar’s son Habib Dinar , the person who introduced Islam in Kerala. One of the oldest mosques in the country, this places is an architectural marvel with exquisite wood carvings  and inner courtyard, windows and the bathing area made of marble and granite stone that depict the royal influence

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Visit the historical Juma Masjid! (Credits: KeralaTourism)

By Team Rightstay