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Kumarkom for Honeymooners

15 August 2014
Situated 14 km from Kottayam in Kerala, Kumarakom has become synonymous with backwater cruises across the world. A scenic bunch of islands clustered around the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is about 70 km from Cochin.
Kumarakom is part of the Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala. Kumarakom abounds with lush paddy fields crisscrossed by canals and the lake. The Vembanad lake has its maximum length and breadth near Kumarakom.
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A visit to Kumarakom can’t be complete without attending one of the several boat races held between June and September. The sight of hundred and more oarsmen paddling in unison to the beats of the vanchipaatu (songs sung during the boat races) and the tumult of the multitudes which assembles to watch the races; can’t be described in words.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race held in the second Saturday of August, Sree Narayana Jayanthi Vallam Kali held during Onam feastival, Kavanattinkara Boat Race conducted during Onam and Champakulam Moolam Boat Race held during Moolam day of the Malayalam month of Midhunam (Jun-Jul).

Head for the St. John’s Attamangalam Church at Kumarakom to see the portrait of Parumala Thirumeni drawn by acclaimed painter Raja Ravi Varma. The temple festivals of Ettumanoor and Vaikom and the feasts of the churches that abound in Kumarakom, Muhamma and surrounding places, is a good opportunity to understand the spiritual heritage of Kerala.

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Kumarakom is also the destination for Ayurvedic treatments. While massages and treatments can be experienced all through the year, for Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatments monsoon is the ideal time.

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