- Local Village Experience
Kumarakom is a unique backwater destination situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies.
The Backwaters are one of the unique attractions of Kerala, a chain of canals extending about 1500 kms incorporating a network of 44 rivers, lagoons and lakes.
Backwaters form an inherent part of life in Kerala. Newspaper, mail and milk are delivered by boats, schoolboys and farmers with produce for the markets share the same boats along with occasional Brides and wedding parties.
The canals and lagoons are lined by swaying palm trees and Chinese fishing nets, cooled by a gentle breeze, and studded with water hyacinths. All kinds of craft ply these waters ferrying cargoes of spice, rice, nuts, coir (coconut fibre), copra (dried coconut meat) and people.