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Kumarakom

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'''Kumarakom''' is a tourist village in [[Kerala]] in [[India]]. It is a cluster of small islands on the ''[[Kerala Backwaters|Vembanad ]] backwaters''. It houses the popular Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
==Understand==
===History===
Kumarakom is on man-made land reclaimed from the vast Vembanad Lake. The name Kumarakom was derived from the deity of its oldest temple Kumaran. Kumaran's ''Akam'' or place became Kumarakom. The place was fertile and most suitable for cultivation of rice and coconut trees. This village was part of Vadakkancore kingdom. But in 1750 Marthanda Varma the King of Travacore conquered and annexed it to Travancore. The first Christian Church was built here in the year 1769 in the land granted by the King of Travancore.  The modern history of this exotic backwater village revolves around started with the arrival of the English farmer Alfred George Baker in 1847. He reclaimed 500 acres of Vembanad Lake and made garden land and paddy fields. He built the ''Baker House'' (also known as the ''History House''), which . Mr.Baker was built by the British missionary Alfred George Baker, whom the locals called beloved ''Kari Saipu'' (possibly an elision from ''Baker Sahib'')of the locals. Four generations of Bakers lived in the house until 1962. It is reported that they spoke Malayalam, the local language, and even wore the "mundu", which is the traditional formal wear of the people of [[Kerala]] (a plain white ''dhoti'', with golden silk lining). The Baker Memorial School in Kottayam, was started around 1825, by members of the same family. The Baker House itself was in ruins, until it was taken over by the Taj Group and restored into a luxury heritage hotel.(For an elaborate stdy visit www.kumarakomvillage.com ,P.G.Padmanabhan- Kumarakom-An Insider's Introduction)
===Landscape===
==See==
*<see name="Bird Sanctuary" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary) is situated at Kumarakom in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds.</see>
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==Do==
*<do name="Kumarakom Backwater boating" alt="" address="kumarakom" directions="" phone="+919895729278" url="http://coconutcreek.coThe destination is most popular for its backwater boathouse rides.Rentals are relatively expensive, but well worth every penny if you can also get a good chef on board, who is well versed in" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>Ayurvedic Packages Kerala is the Ayurveda treatment paradiseexotic local cuisine.Visit http://www.keralabackwaterresorts.com/ It would be well worth to research on reliable service companies and demand for more information on massages like Shirodharaa good chef, while making your booking.
==Buy==
==Eat==
The local cuisine of Kerala is a large variety of lesser known delicacies of the most exotic genre. It is markedly different from cuisines from other parts of india, in its emphasis on non-vegetarian culinary and liberal use of a wide variety of spices. It is heavily influenced by the Syrian Christian taste buds. The local saying goes "If thou are in the land of rat snake stew, thou shalt choose the thickest piece". So do not hesitate to try even more exotic menus like frog legs, donkey stew, crane fry, which can be found in some of the more elaborate local toddy shops.
Some of the popular items are listed below:
==Drink==
Sip tender coconut. Refresh yourself with a sip of cool tender coconut and a scoop of its soft white flesh. Ask your tour guide to arrange for fresh madhura kallu (sweet toddy extracted from the coconut palm) and have it the Kerala way with exotic karimeen pollichathu (coal baked fresh water fish), spicy pickles or kappa (cassava) and fish curry. Optionally, a visit to a toddy shop (locally known as a ''kallu shappu'') can be a good experience. Toddy shops across the state are known to serve excellent spicy seafood, fish and all kinds of meat with matured alcoholic ''kallu''.
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Coconut Creek Kumarakom Homestay & Houseboat" alt="" address="Near Nazreth churchWithout a doubt, After the Zuri Resort" directions="" phone="+919895729278" url="http://coconutcreekbest option is hiring a houseboat for the true experience.coA large number of companies offer board and tour on houseboats.Again, good research can save you bucks and a word of caution to insist on getting a good chef, for the true exotic kerala cuisine experience. There is almost no equal to the peaceful boathouse ride in" checkin="noon" checkout="11AM" price="Rs 1this piece of tropical paradise. The lazy morning glory sipping authentic kerala tea, that one can experience is simply beyond words, of course,000" lat="" long="">An eco-friendly homestay and bed and followed by a sumptuous breakfast, which also operates serveral house boatsto venture into a busy day of doing nothing at all. If we may, it would be a wonderful day to start your day with appam and chicken stew. </sleep> * <sleep name="Illikkalam Lake ResortClub Mahindra Kumarakom" alt="" address="Near Chakrampady Bus Stand, Kumarakom North, Kumarakom - 686563" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ilakeresort.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Lake Side and Lake Facing cottages.</sleep> * <sleep name="Vaithara Homestay" alt="" address="" directions="Near Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (3 km)" phone="91481252563" email="[email protected]clubmahindra.com" fax="" url="http:/kumarakom/wwwaboutresortinfo.kumarakomhomestay.comhtml" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep> === Splurge ===*<sleep name="St. Mary House boats" alt=" address="" directions="Near Cheeppunkal Bridge" phone="+91 9746575372" url="http://stmaryhouseboat.com/default.aspx" hours="11:30AM to next day morning 9AM" price="Rs 7,500" lat="" long="">Giant country crafts measuring up Where better to 80 feet in length, rekindle ties with all the creature comforts of nature than at a luxury hotel including furnished bedroomsplace where land, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen sky and water meet in the purest forms? Fringed by the lush green coconut groves on the sides and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood. Takes you along a vast network endless stretch of lagoonsclear, lakesblue skies above, rivers and canals. When booking a cruise down the house boat backwaters of Kumarakom is yours exclusively for you and the three staff accompanying you. The rates includes all meals on the boat.a holiday experience like no other</sleep> ===Camping===   Houseboats are good for camping and cruise.Visit the following websites for more information on houseboats and reservation.  [http://www.kumarakomhouseboat.com/][www.ForeverHouseboats.com][http://www.thehouseboatskerala.com/]
==Stay safe==
==Get out==
* [[Kottayam]]
* [[Alappuzha]]
* [[Cochin]]
* [[Thekkady]]
* [[Munnar]]
* [[Ponmudi]]
* [[Kovalam]]
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