Holxo Tours in Kumarakom
Called ‘one of the ten paradises on earth’ by National Geographic Traveller, Kumarakom is a stunningly beautiful cluster of backwaters fishing villages on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Part of the Kuttanad region, Kumarakom is about 13 km from Kottayam and is a lake-front home to several stunning marquee resorts.
A kettuvallom cruise is an excellent way to explore Kumarakom’s gorgeous backwaters. See lush paddy fields, palms, coconut groves, and narrow canals; enjoy panoramic views of villages along the Lake, as villagers go about traditional occupations such as fishing and agriculture.
Protected by a dense cluster of mangroves, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary here, spread across 14 acres, is a birder’s paradise and home to over 180 species of birds. The Sanctuary is best explored on foot – on the walking track inside, you’re likely to spot egrets, darters, heron, storks, and teals. Or take a boat ride to see waterfowl, wild ducks, parrots, larks, and flycatchers. Migratory birds like the Siberian Crane fly down here in flocks in the winter. A sunset boat ride or fishing in the backwaters are the other popular leisure activities you might enjoy.
Kumarakom also holds the distinction of being the first destination in India to use Responsible Tourism practices. Its green, immaculate local villages are home to mostly fisher folk and farmers, who work with the hospitality industry to sustain eco-friendly tourism. Responsible Tourism makes these villages an integral part of the growing tourism industry, and inspires pride in their land and culture.
Kumarakom can be a base point to explore rubber plantation highland areas and Temples of Kottayam district and where one can arrive to spend a few days by the lakeside and some Ayurveda massages / treatments (Traditional Science of Medicine from Kerala).