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Tourist Destinations and its specialities

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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 golden­backed 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.

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Vembanad Lake

Vembanad is not only the largest lake in Kerala but also the longest one in entire India. Wide network of water bodies (canals as well as rivers) empty into this lake, making it a great expanse of water. It is one of the most happening picnic spots here in Kumarakom. You can boat, fish, and enjoy pristine natural beauty of this place. You can avail holiday packages and houseboat cruises. The best part of this is the Kumarakom village-life experience included in the tour packages. If you want a romantic retreat on the backwaters, it is highly recommended. If you visit here during one of their most popular festivals, Onam, you will be thrilled to watch the snake boat racing through this otherwise serene lake..

Pathiramanal Island

Pathiramanal, a small island on the backwaters is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world. You can reach there after 1/2 hour drive by motor boat from Kumarakom . Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat.The green island thus forms an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise.The mainland Alappuzha has a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss crossing it and is a district of immense natural beauty.

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Kumarakom Beach

Your choice of destination to relax on your holiday is completely justified here. The sandy shores and the serene coastal lines make the place a perfect spot for a leisure walk. You could unwind and observe the beauty of the place that brings calm to your mind or go all out to enjoy the various sporting activities available here. You could go swimming, boating, wind surfing. You could go on a houseboat cruise to explore the beach to enjoy its enthralling beauty. The resorts around here offer Ayurvedic massages and spa treatments..

Kumarakom Backwaters

Kumarakom backwaters is a scenic place where you can enjoy the bliss of nature. It is home to a wide range of plants and animals. The best way to enjoy the beauty of Kumarakom backwaters is to go on a houseboat that takes you through various canals, lakes and rivers around here. The houseboats offer you the best possible facilities you need for a comfortable journey on water. Be a passive admirer by sailing along or indulge in various water sports such as skiing and wind sailing. You could get lucky if you attempt at fishing.

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Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Bay Island Driftwood Museum houses unique collections of articles made of driftwood. The driftwood articles are highly valued as modern art techniques have been used in their making. The sculptures found here are made of driftwood that were deposited on the shores of Andaman and Nicobar. The twisted trunks of the trees, roots and stumps were transformed into sculptures. Some sculptures resemble animals, fish and birds. Some driftwood articles could be centuries old as some of the trees that were washed away to the seashore owing to cyclones are ancient.

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

The ancient Sanskrit texts, Bhargava Purana & Sanalkumara Samhita mention this place as Vaiyaghra geham and Vaiyaghra puram. As per legends Vyaghrapada Maharshi got Siva darsana here, so it was fittingly called Vyaghrapadapuram. Later, when Tamil spread, the word Vaiyaghra got transformed as Vaikom. Today Vaikom is one of the most revered Shiva shrines in South India. The temple alongwith Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple is considered a powerful trisome. The belief is that if a devotee worships at these three temples before 'Ucha pooja', all the wishes are fulfilled. Though Vaikkath Asthami is the the better known festival at the temple, it celebrates many other festivals, some of them unique to the temple.

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Cheriyapalli - St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church is a famous church in the region which is located near Kottayam. This church is around 2 km from the main city of Kottayam and was built by Thekkumkoor Maharaja in 1579. The church architecture displays a unique fusion of Portuguese and traditional Kerala architecture. The church walls are inscribed with beautiful murals that have been designed in both western and oriental architectural styles.

Timings : 7.30 AM ­ 12.30 PM

Juma Masjid at Thazhathangadi

Juma Masjid at Thazhathangadi is an ancient mosque on the banks of the Meenachil River in Kottayam and is believed to be 1000 years old. It is one of the oldest in India. The mosque has a square inner courtyard, an exquisitely carved wooden gabled roof, a traditional bathing area and lovely latticed windows making it resemble a temple or a king's palace. Only men are allowed here.

Mosque timings: 0700 ­ 1800 hrs

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Kumarakom vast green paddy field

The vast expanse of lush green paddy fields of Kumarakom is part of Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala.It is a treat to the eyes watching the never ending verdant green landscape of paddy fields.Farmers engaged in traditional farming can be watched and farming methods can be learned.

Boat Race

Backwaters host many special events during August to September. The electrifying races by carved wooden boats set the backwaters on fire.Nehru trophy boat race in Alleppey and Kumarakom and Thazhathangady boat races are held in connection with Onam, the harvest festival in August/September. Scores of long snake boats and other smaller craft participate in these events. The largest team sport in the world, the snake boat races are preceded by colourful water parades. Usually a snake boat is manned by four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 ­ 125 oarsmen who row in unison to the fast rhythm of the vanchipattu (song of the boatman). Thousands of people crowd the water's edge to cheer the huge black craft as they slice through the waters to a spectacular finish.The oldest of these events have curious legends and myths attached to their origin. Myths closely linked to the rustic people and their beliefs.

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Thirunakara Temple

Thirunakara Temple

The Thirunakara Sree Mahadevar Temple situated in the heart of Kottayam city is one of the most revered Siva temples in central Kerala. The elevated area where the temple is situated was once called 'Nakkara Kunnu' which in due course, because of the presence of the sacred shrine, came to known as 'Thirunakkara' means 'sacred Nakkara.' The Temple was constructed five centuries ago by one of the native kings called the 'Thekkumkoor Raja' who ruled from Thalikkotta, west of the present city. As the Temple was constructed on the basis of a divine dream shown to the King by the Lord Vadakkunnathan (link to Origin of the Temple) it bears many a resemblance to the Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur.