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Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom

Vembanad Lake is commonly known as Vembanad Kayal or Vembanad Kol. It is one of the longest lakes in India and the largest in Kerala. This lake is called by different names like Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad and Kochi Lake in Kochi. The Kochi Lake also houses the Kochi Port, which is situated around two islands of Vallarpadam and Willingdon.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race is celebrated annually in the Kuttanad region. Vembanad Lake is divided into two zones, namely the salt water zone and freshwater zone.

There are varied species of birds, animals, reptiles and plants near this lake that make it an ideal tourist spot in the region. It also features more than 150 species of fish along with shrimps, crabs, squid and prawns.

Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to different species of birds, including migratory birds from Siberia. This sanctuary is spread across 14 acres and was established by the Government of India for preserving coconut trees and mandrakes, which are the natural habitat of birds. The popular bird species found at this bird sanctuary are water duck, waterfowl, owl, heron, egret, cuckoo and Siberian cranes. Tourists can also see kingfishers, paradise fly-catchers, night herons and golden-backed woodpeckers. This sanctuary is best visited between the months of November and February when migratory birds from across the globe come here for mating. The ideal time for watching the local birds in this sanctuary is from June to August.

Pathiramanal, Kumarakom

Pathiramanal is mainly an island which covers over 10 acres of land. The term Pathiramanal refers to 'the sand of night' or 'midnight sand' and features a zoo and an aquarium. This island is believed to have emerged from the Vembanad Lake and is inhabited by varied species of migratory birds. Accessible by motorboats or speedboats, it is essentially a halt on the route from Kumarakom to Alleppey.

This island can be accessed by speedboats from Alappuzha town, which take around one and a half hours to cover the entire distance. Boats are also available on the Muhamma-Kumarakom water route which takes around 40 minutes to reach this island.

Backwaters, Kumarakom

Kumarakom Backwaters is a major sightseeing destination that can be visited by renting a houseboat. These houseboats take visitors through the canals, lagoons, lakes, river and backwaters in the region. These houseboats comprise a living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and other important facilities.

Tourists can get a beautiful view from the deck of the houseboat of the Kumarakom Backwaters. The backwaters can be reached from the hotels or resorts, which also arrange for houseboats.