|Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary||Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake|
|Vembanad Lake||Located at kumarakom|
|Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls||Located just 2 kilometers from Kumarakom and about 18 kilometers from Kottayam|
|Pathiramanal||Located at 5 km and from Kumarakom|
|Bay Island Driftwood Museum||Located close to the Kottayam Railway Station|
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake near the celebrated Kumarakom Backwaters is a beloved haunt of migratory birds and a heaven for the ornithologists. Developed as a birdís sanctuary in a rubber plantation by an Englishman named Alfred George Baker, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the very reservoir formerly known as the Bakerís Estate. Spread over an extensive area of 14 acres on the southern banks of a river named Kavanar, this bird sanctuary has a well laid down paths that lead us around. The major attraction of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a number of local as well as migratory birds spotted here such as cuckoo, waterfowl, owl, heron, egret, cormorant, darter, moorhen, Brahminy kite, duck, parrot, lark, teal, flycatcher, Siberian crane and so on.
The migratory birds spotted at Kumarakom alight here from the Himalayan terrains and also from the far away regions of Siberia. The ideal time for bird watching is dawn when birds leave their nests and fly over the Vembanad Lake preparing to go for the search of food. The enthusiastic bird watchers are recommended to arrange for an early morning trek to be able to spot the wide range of variety of bird species. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation is planning to introduce a guided bird watching trail at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The WWF-India, in connection with World Wetlands Day had organized here a two-day bird watching program in the year 2008.
Spanning over several districts of Kerala and known by an assortment of names at various places, Vembanad Lake is the largest lake of the state and the longest of the country India. The Vembanad Wetland System covering the total area of about 2033.02 square kilometers happens to be the largest India wetland system. At its widest point, the Vembanad Lake is approximately 14 kilometers wide. Over last few years this lake has rendered itself a leading tourist destination owing to its unparallel scenic beauty. Kumarakom is located on the east coast of the lake and the northern fringes of Kumarakom village houses the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The Vembanad Wetland System connected with a far reaching network of lagoons, estuaries and canals covers about 196 kilometers in north-south and 29 kilometers in east-west. This provides easy rout for water transport. Vembanad Kol Wetland is now included in the list of wetlands of international importance and itís a home to over 20,000 waterfowls in India. The Vembanad Lake also supports the economy of the Kumarakom People as the major occupations including agriculture, fishery, lime shell collection, tourism, etc are based on it. Tourists alight at Kumarakom to enjoy the stay at the boathouse that tenderly drifts over the Vembanad Lake and offers the opportunity to behold the pristine natural beauty of the setting.
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, located just 2 kilometers from Kumarakom and about 18 kilometers from Kottayam is yet another remarkable tourist destination in Godís Own Country. Acknowledged as one of the most spectacular picnic spots endowed with immeasurable natural pulchritude, the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall is one of the brightest feathers in the hat of Kumarakom. The most noteworthy feature of Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls is that they fall at the drop of over 100 feet making ponderous noise. Surrounded by wooded landscapes, large rubber plantations and meandering streams, these Waterfalls are connected with various water torrents and rivulets. An old Church and Maramala Waterfalls are also positioned in the proximity with the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls. You can reach Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls from Kumarakom even on feet.
ĎPathiramanalí, literally meaning ĎSands of Nightí in local tongue is one of the enthralling tiny islands surrounded by the enchanting Vembanad Lake. This island is distinguished from the others by the fact that it serves as a home to around 91 local and 50 migratory species of birds who sojourn in this heavenly abode for a few days of the year. Pathiramanal is a real Canaan for the ornithologists as myriads of beautiful birds including pintail ducks, night heron, common teal, cormorant, Indian shag, darter, purple heron, terns, gulls, little egret, large egrets, cattle egret, intermediate egret, Indian pond heron, pheasant-tailed and bronze-winged jacanas, watercock, stork-billed kingfisher, whistling duck, little cormorant, cotton pygmy-goose, whiskered tern, monarch flycatcher and so on are spotted here. To reach Pathiramanal you can take the Muhamma-Kumarakom water rout.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Bay Island Driftwood Museum, located close to the Kottayam Railway Station is one of the most sought after man made attractions of the Arcadia of Kumarakom. Noted for housing a unique collection of driftwood articles, this museum is only one of its kinds in the country. The museum features the artistic works of a retired teacher from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands; Ms Raji Punnoose. The articles displayed in Bay Island Driftwood Museum include the interesting pieces of wood naturally twisted and shaped by water and then complementarily sculpted at the human hands. Some of these articles resemble birds, animals, fish, reptiles and amphibians in their appearance. The museum carefully looks after scraping, polishing, shaping and preserving these exclusive driftwood pieces of peerless artistry. Bay Island Driftwood Museum is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm on week days and from1:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Sundays. It remains close on Mondays.