Touring Kumarakom, India

Kumarakom India touring information and tips . . . Unbiased Reviews

Kumarakom is about 60 Kilometers from Kochi (Cochin) which is about one hour and fifteen minute drive. Kumarakom and Alleppey are the places where tourists can enjoy Kerala's famous backwaters. Generally Alleppey is more crowed with houseboats than Kumarakom. The distance by road from Kumarakom to Alleppey is about 34 Kilometers, approximately a 45 minute drive.  We visited Kumarakom and stayed at the Manor Backwater Resort. The resort has an excellent location and rooms facing the river have scenic views with palm trees reflecting in the water. If staying here opt for rooms facing the river. If you are looking for peace and quiet atmosphere to relax, then this is the ideal location to stay at. The rooms are spacious and clean, though not five star as some reviews would have you believe. The staff and management were very helpful and courteous. Mr. Prabakar was the manager during our visit and very helpful. Backwater boat tours can be arranged through the hotel front desk. Time the tour so you can see the fabulous sunset over the ocean! While free Wi-Fi was advertised in the brochure that we had, during our visit they did not have Wi-Fi, when we asked at the desk we were given a connecting cable about  five feet long! apparently every room has a wired Internet outlet.

Staying in a house boat or hotel in Kerala

One of the decisions most tourists visiting Kumarakom or Alleppey have to make is whether to stay in a hotel or houseboat. Since backwater tours is what visitors to these locations are there to experience, many people opt to simply spend the night in a houseboat. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are leaning towards staying on a houseboat instead of a hotel. Don't assume that the houseboat you hire will cruise the backwaters continuously. All houseboats have strict guidelines on when they can move. They start cruising from Noon to 5:30 PM. At 5:30 PM all houseboats are parked and stay still. Checkout from houseboats is usually 9 AM Houseboat rentals will include all meals in the price. The houseboat crew will normally do the cooking on the boat. If you are fussy about meals, opt for a hotel. If you decide to stay in a hotel, you can still enjoy the backwater tours by simply renting a full boat or share a boat with other tourists.

 Kumarakom Attractions for Tourists

While backwater cruising is the main attraction that draws visitors here, some of the other attractions are: Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple: This Lord Shiva temple is located in front f the Gopuram. Males are normally supposed to enter bare chested to most temples in Kerala state. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: A visit involves a walk of about 2 Kilometers. There is also a butterfly park nearby that is worth visiting if you have the time. The best time to visit for real bird watching is the month of March. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall: Normally worth visiting during the rainy season. Its about 20 Kilometers from Kumarakom. For information and tips on our visit to Munnar, Jaipur, Jaisalmer or Srinagar use the links below:  MUNNAR >>    JAIPUR >>   JAISALMER >>   SRINAGAR >>
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Touring Kumarakom, India

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Kumarakom is about 60 Kilometers from Kochi (Cochin) which is about one hour and fifteen minute drive. Kumarakom and Alleppey are the places where tourists can enjoy Kerala's famous backwaters. Generally Alleppey is more crowed with houseboats than Kumarakom. The distance by road from Kumarakom to Alleppey is about 34 Kilometers, approximately a 45 minute drive.  We visited Kumarakom and stayed at the Manor Backwater Resort. The resort has an excellent location and rooms facing the river have scenic views with palm trees reflecting in the water. If staying here opt for rooms facing the river. If you are looking for peace and quiet atmosphere to relax, then this is the ideal location to stay at. The rooms are spacious and clean, though not five star as some reviews would have you believe. The staff and management were very helpful and courteous. Mr. Prabakar was the manager during our visit and very helpful. Backwater boat tours can be arranged through the hotel front desk. Time the tour so you can see the fabulous sunset over the ocean! While free Wi-Fi was advertised in the brochure that we had, during our visit they did not have Wi-Fi, when we asked at the desk we were given a connecting cable about  five feet long! apparently every room has a wired Internet outlet.

Staying in a house boat or hotel in Kerala

One of the decisions most tourists visiting Kumarakom or Alleppey have to make is whether to stay in a hotel or houseboat. Since backwater tours is what visitors to these locations are there to experience, many people opt to simply spend the night in a houseboat. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are leaning towards staying on a houseboat instead of a hotel. Don't assume that the houseboat you hire will cruise the backwaters continuously. All houseboats have strict guidelines on when they can move. They start cruising from Noon to 5:30 PM. At 5:30 PM all houseboats are parked and stay still. Checkout from houseboats is usually 9 AM Houseboat rentals will include all meals in the price. The houseboat crew will normally do the cooking on the boat. If you are fussy about meals, opt for a hotel. If you decide to stay in a hotel, you can still enjoy the backwater tours by simply renting a full boat or share a boat with other tourists.

 Kumarakom Attractions for Tourists

While backwater cruising is the main attraction that draws visitors here, some of the other attractions are: Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple: This Lord Shiva temple is located in front f the Gopuram. Males are normally supposed to enter bare chested to most temples in Kerala state. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: A visit involves a walk of about 2 Kilometers. There is also a butterfly park nearby that is worth visiting if you have the time. The best time to visit for real bird watching is the month of March. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall: Normally worth visiting during the rainy season. Its about 20 Kilometers from Kumarakom. For information and tips on our visit to Munnar, Jaipur, Jaisalmer or Srinagar use the links below: MUNNAR >    JAIPUR >   JAISALMER >   SRINAGAR >
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