Famed for its natural beauty, lush greenery, colorful avifauna, and tranquil environment, Kumrakom is a beautiful town, which is one of the best destinations in Kerala. Declared as a special Tourism Zone by the State Government of Kerala, it stands on the bank of Lake Vembanad. The place has been blessed by pleasant climate, all throughout the year.
The place boasts of a paradise-like charm, which can explored through houseboat ride in the Kumarakom backwaters. Including bird watching and houseboat cruise, this town has several memorable experiences on offering.
Located just 16 km from Kottayam, Kumarakom is set on the banks of Lake Vembanad, the largest lake in the state of Kerala.
Kumarakom’s history is known to be diverse and extremely rich. It is believed that Kumarakom derives its name from the person called Kumaran, who was a deity highly worshipped in the region. Actually a group of islands, it was owned by Vadakkancore Kingdom. Nevertheless, the place was conquered by Marthanda Varma, who founded Travancore rule here in the year 1750. He also gave permission for the construction of a church in the year 1769.
Kumarakom shot to fame in 1947 when around 500 acres of its surrounding land was taken over by Alfred George Baker, a British farmer. Till date, he is given the credit of transforming the land and developing it as coconut plantations, and paddy fields. He also constructed the popular Baker House, which was the residence of around four generations of Bakers resided. Today, it is a heritage hotel and Kumarakom is a sought-after attraction.