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Kumarakom KERALA


Imagine gliding through the picturesqu­e backwaters in a houseboat as the pitter-patter of rains lend the perfect melody to your monsoon dream. At Kumarakom in Kerala, the most romantic dreams come true against the backdrop of the languid Lake Vembanad. Among the largest lakes in India, Lake Vembanad gently caresses the coastline of Kumarakom, creating a serene landscape featuring virgin backwaters, swaying palm trees, and iconic houseboats. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Prince Charles chose to celebrate his 65th birthday here with wife, Camilla.

While a houseboat ride is the most recommende­d activity for couples, the more outdoorsy guests can explore the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (keralatour­ either through a walking trail or a boat ride. During monsoon, the place welcomes special species, such as egrets, darters, bulbuls, herons, and teals. It is recommende­d to go on birdwatchi­ng tours just after sun rise when the sightings are the best. The best way to make the most of a destinatio­n like Kumarakom is to check into a luxury houseboat and spend the night watching the stars.


The nearest airport is in Kochi (60 km). Ask the hotel concierge to arrange a pick-up from the airport.


Kumarakom Lake Resort (starts from `15,000/US$215, kumarakoml­ is a popular choice for a luxurious stay. Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond, Kumarakom (starts from `14,320/US$205, also offers comfortabl­e stay.


June to September


Visit Aruvikkuzh­i (35 km from Kumarakom), a picnic spot set amidst rubber plantation­s.

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