nature is all you need to recuperate, Kumarakom is
undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise
in Kerala, God's own country. The slender coconut palms,
the never-ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and
backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred
varieties can calm and invigorate your mind completely.
The charming emerald peninsula juts into the Vembanad
Lake where you can spot traditional country crafts,
boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake runs into
the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks,
canals and waterways. The backwater houses a variety of
fauna and flora. The resorts here offer comfortable
accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an
Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing
and swimming. The adventurous could indulge in water
sports such as windsailing and waterskiing. You could
even take a canoe out into the quite lakes and armed
with a fishing rod, catch your own supper. Make sure you
do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh toddy, the
favourite fresh water food and the local wine.
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls Pay a visit to the
picturesque Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls located 18 km from
Kottayam town, where streams make their way through the
landscape and waters cascade down the mountains from a
height of 100 ft. Pathiramanal, an enchanting island on
the lake, can be accessed by boat from here. The 10-acre
island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties
of migratory birds from different parts of the world.
The island can be accessed only by boat. A cruise along
the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the
is an ancient town especially famous for its churches.
Pala town and Kanjirappally, nourished by the Meenachil
and Manimala rivers respectively are centres of rubber
plantations. The Ettumanoor Shiva Temple 12 km north of
town, has exceptionally beautiful wall paintings and
sculptures. In the heart of Kottayam town is the
much-venerated Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple.
This is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus
and Muslims. Sree Dharmasastha Temple here is an ancient
temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
50 km from Kottayam, Aranmula is the site of the
splendid Onam festival boat races, usually held in early
September. Caparisoned elephants with beaded umbrellas,
processions of decorated floats, and highly ornate boats
make this a lovely event to witness. Aranmula is also
the centre of bell metal mirror crafts.
Vagamon, 64 km from Kottayam and 34 km from Pala,
situated at an elevation of 1100 meters a is a trekker's
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