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Kumarakom, one of the popular sites of Kerala is near Kottayam - 16 kilometres (10 mi). Set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake, it is bird watchers’ paradise because it is a favorite ground intended for migratory birds. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary stretching about 14 acres is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit.
Kumarakom is a tropical paradise and has vast expanse of mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves. Peraycka (Guyva), Pineapple, Mango, Jackfruit, Ambazhanga,Puli (tamarind), Banana, etc grow here in plenty. Because of the presence of a long stretching bund built long ago, the sea water does not get mixed with back waters. Canals from the nearby Meenachil river provide water for irrigation. The canals are lined with hibiscus plants that lean towards the canal on either side, forming a canopy and the hanging lovely hibiscus flowers enhance the beauty of this enchanting place.
The economy of this place is mainly dependent on agriculture and tourism. This place has a variety of houseboats and is internationally well known for quiet houseboat ride in the vast expanse of back waters far away from the hurried world and urban madness.
If one needs peace and tranquility and be free from monotonous and mechanical life Kumarakom is the right choice. A joyful ride in the Kettuvalam in the back waters offers everything that you need to relax your mind - an opportunity wide open in God's own country.