Kerala is the paradise of Ayurveda; ‘the knowledge for long life’
. It’s an ancient discipline of science and a nature based system of medication and healing. Kumarakom is one of the blessed lands of Ayurveda that helps you relax and revitalize in the lap of Mother Nature. The enlivening flora and fauna of the milieu pairing with the freshness of the air and the abundance of Ayurvedic herbs and medicines render Kumarakom a ballpark of Ayurveda. Tourists, both domestic and foreigners, particularly indulge in the Ayurvedic Massage and Spa that assist you to unwind and rejuvenate. Apart from curing a particular malady, these therapeutic massages leave you totally refreshed and recharged.
Another delight to coddle in while at Kumarakom is Backwater Cruise. Kumarakom is a land of backwaters. It’s a huge congregation of interconnected lagoons, waterways and canals. Even if you can’t spare time for the day long houseboat stay and houseboat camping, you must not miss a short cruise in the Kumarakom Backwaters. Sailing in a skillfully built and beautifully decorated terraced boat through the winding backwaters fringed with exuberant paddy fields, verdant green landscapes and water lily & algae along the banks is an aesthetic experience of heavenly bliss.
Tourists throng Kumarakom specially to spend their holidays in the houseboats gently cruising along the enchanting backwaters of the region. These fully furnished houseboats; either individual or twin are equipped with one or two bedrooms, attached toilet and bathroom, living room, kitchen and a patio that opens into the deck. Cozy cane chairs and sofa sets are put up here and people spend their time reading books or playing games, sleeping or just relaxing and enjoying the widely laid down banquet of natural panorama. These boats are oared by local boatmen and you can rent the houseboat for any number of days you fancy.
Kumarakom Boat Race
Kumarakom celebrates the traditional festival of Kerala viz. Onam with ultimate gusto and enthusiasm. This festival having interesting mythological background falls in the month of August or September. At the time of Onam, the backwaters of Kumarakom are electrified and ignited by the vivacious boat races which happen to be the largest team sport in the world. Oodles of ornately carved long black wooden snake boats participate in these boat races. Other traditional forms of boats usually used for fishing or transportation that also partake in the boat races are: Kettuvalam, Kochu-odi Vallam, Odi- Vallam, Irrutukuthi Vallam and Churulan or Chullam Vallam. Generally, a snake boat is ridden by 4 helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 to 125 oarsmen who row the boat in harmony to the brisk rhythms of the traditional boatmen song called Thevanchipattu. Thousands of audience gather at the edges and cheer the boatmen as the huge snake boats dexterously slice through the backwaters. Boat racing is one of the oldest and the most famous events of Kumarakom Culture. Tourists particularly throng Kerala to witness this magnanimous phenomenon of energy exhibited through uniformity. Some of the chief boat races organized at Kumarakom include Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, Payippad Jalotsavam, Aranmula Uthrattadi Vallamkali, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, and many more.
Fishing, apart from being a chief income source of Kumarakom people, also entertains the guests of the region. Tourists, both Indian and from oversees taking the help and aid from the local fishermen go out in the Kumarakom Backwaters and enjoy the sport of fishing. Savoring the taste of the fish caught by ones self is one of the most enthralling experiences of life.
Kumarakom, a proud domicile of the famous ‘Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary’ and a holiday home to the plethora of migratory birds is a dream personified for the ornithologists and nature lovers. You can take a boat trip and enjoy spotting a large number of indigenous and migratory birds such as pheasants, cormorants, snake bird, white-branded water hens, tree pies, kingfishers, golden-backed woodpeckers, night herons and many others.
A number of Water Sports clubs and other parties at Kumarakom organize almost every kind of water sports including speed boating, surfing, water skiing, kayaking, sailing, swimming and many more.