When a traveler steps out of houseboat after stay leaving the Kumarakom Houseboat, says “thank you for such a wonderful cruise & stay, it was so beautiful that we like to stay forever, how come the time elapsed so quickly, it was almost unreal world altogether!” are the words we usually hear. Since then we have been wondering why/how they enjoyed their Kumarakom Houseboat stay so much!
We ascribed then all in the random order as they emerged in out thoughts. And that is what we share with you today.
Having the whole Kumarakom houseboat stay to yourself
Even though most of travelers had have experienced world class hospitality in world & Kerala, a private Kumarakom Houseboat stay exclusively for thyself would be a different experience. A competent navigator to guide you to heading you fix on the backwater routes, an onboard chef who is keen to take orders of your menu any time. Your day onboard the Kumarakom Houseboat stay would be no less than a private yatch tours in Mediterranean. Your first experience on a Kumarakom houseboat stay would be out of this world! If the weather was awesome and you hardly would ever budged from the deck!
Just ask any crew onboard the Kumarakom Houseboat, for how long are they been in this profession of backwater cruising and chances they would tell you something like 10 years, 15 years, 7 years or so. People work there for a long time and it greatly reflects in the way they take care of travelers. Our guess is that their sheer passion for cruising, the love for backwaters & good knowledge of the culture. Going an extra mile to make travelers happy rather than adhering to strict rules is the reason.
Ethnic Kumarakom backwater cuisines
Don’t get carried away by the mesmerizing beauty of backwaters wander down to the lower deck of Kumarakom Houseboat for to try the authentic lunch. Which included Karimeen masala fry (with pearl spot fish), kingfish curry, Alleppey prawn curry, rice, avial (vegetables mixed with shredded coconut), mixed vegetable thoran, pineapple chutney, and papadum (a thin, crisp round flatbread). As the meals provided on the houseboat are tailored to tourists, they can run the gamut between Northern and Southern Indian specialties (which can be nice if you’re not traveling up north and still want your fix of butter chicken and samosas). However, if you are looking for meals to be more regional (as I was), simply chat with the team you’re booking the boat through; they will be able to tailor the menu for you.
Again for dinner , tear yourself away from the upper deck of Kumarakom Houseboat and make it down for dinner: grilled tiger prawns, crab roast, chicken coconut fry, bindi (okra), Kerala mutton curry, mackerel fish fry, rice, lemon dal, Kerala paratha (layered flatbread) and cut fruits
Then President of India Mrs. P Patil & family had Kumarakom Houseboat stay & cruise on 14 Aug 2010. It was told that that she & her family stayed at the presidential suites and the room is actually fit for royalty & dignitaries! Among other things, it has its jaccuzi!
The Beautiful Backwaters at Kumarakom
You can view the mighty Vembanad lake from the various angles while on Kumarakom Houseboat stay. The Backwater Routes offer vistas that are hard to describe (or even capture their brilliance to film) and the sense of calm that wraps around you while you watch the patty fields, fishing villages, and palm-fringed panoramas drift by is nothing short of prescription-strength.
Heritage of Kumarakom Houseboat
Long before the coming of the rail and the road, waterways were the best mode of transport. Kuttanadan rice was transported to nearby markets of Kottayam, Kollam and cochin by long rice boats which just had a small hut for the boatman called Kettuvallams. The houseboats were earlier the cargo carriers and they were in use for the same purpose of transporting. Now they have become the most electrifying tourism creation in India , and have been name and utilized as the luxurious decorated furnished houseboat. A kettuvallom known locally usually has one or two bath attached bedrooms, which can comfortably accommodate a family. It also has an open lounge, and a deck so that you can lie or sit outside being restful and get the pleasure of nature of Kerala, Displaying an exclusive tradition the kettuvalloms of Kerala are massive country vessels, measuring about 120 feet in extent. It takes great ability and diligence to create these enormous structures by knotting huge planks of jack wood /Anjili together. It can even surprise many that not even a single nail has been used to construct the houseboats. One can best explore the heritage of Kerala neither by any tourist guide, nor by any travelogue. You hardly have to make any strenuous effort to walk around the scenic exquisiteness of Kerala with Kumarakom Houseboat stay. For a total Backwater experience traverse the canals and anchor in the middle of the backwater lakes on a house boat – spend the night under the star lit sky, listening to the slash of water on to the boat.
Kumarakom Houseboat stay has that potential to make your ordinary holidays into a fabulous one. In addition, one can undoubtedly agree to it. The houseboats in Kerala help the mind to relax and rejuvenate properly. The peace that one gains by settling down amidst the beautiful backwaters of Kerala is soothing enough to energize an individual for his daily schedule after the holidays. You can do angling onboard houseboat with advice of the crew, whom are more than happy to teach even the smallest kid!
Fora & Fauna
The landscape or lake scape of Kumarakom Backwaters is replete with mangrove forests, green paddy fields and coconut groves. Blooming lilies enhance the beauty of the park and attract a number of visitors. The Vembanad – Kol region is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna including mangroves, many species of birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. There are about 150 species of fishes in Lake Vembanad. The estuarine nature of the lake, with its rich sediment deposits, makes it a good habitat for shrimp. Mullets, catfish and pearl fish are also seen in abundance. Freshwater prawns, Catla, Rohu (labeo rohita) and Nandan (Ambassis Thomasi) are some other fishes of commercial value.
The lime shell fishery in Lake Vembanad is one of the biggest of its kind in the country, thanks to the abundance of black clam (Villorita cyprinoids) in the shallow waters.
Kumarakom is a nature lover’s paradise and a favourite hangout of migratory birds. The sanctuary covers a distance of over 14 acres on the southern bank of the Kavanar River. It has well laid out paths for moving around within the sanctuary. Beyond the sanctuary one can take a boat ride in Vembanad Lake or along the Kavanar River. The primary attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, heron, cormorant, darter, moorhen, brahminy kite and the duck, as well as the migratory Siberian crane. Teal, parrot, flycatcher, lark and other birds are seen here during their relevant migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from far away Siberia.
Dawn is the ideal time for bird watching when the birds prepare to leave their forest homes and fly over the lake. An early morning hike, preferably before sunrise, is suggested for ardent bird watchers.
Sun set cruise
Cruise along Kerala’s backwaters to sample a slice of life in harmony with nature that most of travelers give a miss. Since is Kumarakom located in the eastern shore of Vembanad Lake , watching sun set gazing towards west is most memorable and definitely a treat for the eyes.
Later part of the day, don’t miss the sunset cruises. So, enjoy same at Kumarakom and where you can watch the sun descend into the palm lined horizons of the great picturesque Vembanad lake.