Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a must-visit destination. The bird watcher’s paradise is located about 16 km from Kottayam, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Migratory birds, including Siberian stork and local birds such as Egret, Teal, Water duck, and Cuckoo, are the major fascination here. The best time to visit this place is between June and August.
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls: A tantalizing waterfall, Aruvikkuzhi is located 18 km from Kottayam town, falling from a height of 100 ft. Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls comes across as a beautiful picnic spot. Here, water streams create a tinkling sound as they make their way through the landscape that houses beautiful rubber plantations.
Backwater Cruise: The intoxicating backwater cruise in Kumarakom is a thrilling experience. Along with that snake boat races, houseboat tour, fishing and canoeing are the ‘not to be missed’ attractions when you step into the village. A stay at the thatched houseboat called Kettuvallom is an experience that is beyond compare!
Vembanad Lake: Kottayam district is a colossal network of rivers and canals, which flow into the vastness of the Vembanad Lake, one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. The fast emerging backwater tourism destination provides the facilities of boating, sightseeing, and fishing – the perfect ingredients of a laid-back holiday. You can take a boat ride into the countryside and have a closer look to the busy rustic life as well.
Pathiramanal: Pathiramanal or ‘Sands of Midnight’ is a charming island on Vembanad Lake. The 10-acre island, situated on the backwaters, serves as home to a wide array of rare migratory birds that come from different parts of the world. If you are a bird lover, this is definitely a place that you would not want to miss.