Activities

 

Sightseeing within the Property

 

 Beautiful Sightseeing of  the Lake Vembanad During Day & Night

Watch from the Sit out/Porch of your cottage at the morning to enjoy the rare and beautiful sightseeing of drifting of Houseboats, motorboats, fishermen’s boat, speedboats. Enjoy the sun set and the moon set from the bank of the Lake Vembanad and also from the cottages. You can also experience the maximum breadth and length of the Vembanad Lake by staying at the best location of Kumarakom.  You can also experience the fishing by 5 or 6 fishermen in a small country boat from the lake, the catching of the fish called Karimeen (Pearl spot) is unique as it is caught with bare hand by the fishermen who  dive into the bottom of the lake and throws the fish into his country boat from the water, this type of fishing is called as Vellavali.

 

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 Enjoy the Moon set ,Sunset, beauty of night from your cottages

Get Up At The Morning Before 6am to experience the unique and the superb beauty of the great Vembanad lake by having a bed coffee/tea, from the Sit out/Porch of your Cottage, You can watch with great interest, lot of birds flying on the water, just in front of you, fishing by fisher man, Houseboats and other boats, if you are lucky you might see the rare Moon Set, during the full moon days at the early morning. You can also have a morning walk for keeping your health by walking through the walkers path on the side of the cottages, on the side of the boundary walls of the property, by experiencing vegetation, trees, fruit trees and the organic farm by understanding the operation of Biogas Plant and Vermicompost, then on the side of the transformer, Generator, Water harvesting plant, etc. You may spent more time in the lap of the nature among pollution free air and in the outside activities, so that you will be more active and relaxed.

 The unique experience of rain & monsoon season

During  the monsoon, rain coming from the south west, west and the north west  is very attractive and this unique experience is very much visible from the lakeside cottages. The unusual sound of the wind prior to the rainfall for quite a long time the rough waves in the lake ,the great struggle of life and death by the fishermen in their small country boat to save their life and their precious catch of fish of the day, fading sky and the land on the opposite side of the lake and the beautiful changing colour of the sky will be unforgettable and the greatest sceneries of the best backwater beauty.

Monsoon tourism in Kumarakom is gaining more popularity year after year. Monsoon tourism allows tourists to explore the intrinsic beauty of Kumarakom with a feel of adventure. During monsoon Kumarakom will be  more beautiful and pleasing to eyes, the romantic sound of rain, the green ambience of Kumarakom and constant downpours makes it a romantic spot for the tourists. Monsoons in Kumarakom do not take the pattern of incessant rains continuing for weeks. Virtually it rains for a few hours with sunny interludes. Occasionally the rains might stretch on for a few days but the respite of sunshine is never far away.

The Southwest Monsoon that arrives in the month of June  and in mid October witnesses the arrival of the Northeast Monsoon. The rainy season usually starts from May  to the end of November and this region receives two monsoons and the occasional drizzle makes the atmosphere pleasant and the surroundings green and fresh.

Monsoon is the best season for rejuvenation therapies. During the Monsoon season, the atmosphere remains dust-free and cool, the cool, moist, and dust-free atmosphere during rainy season helps your body’s pores to breathe and thus makes it reactive to get herbal oils and therapy.

  

 Recreational Activities in the Property

Walkers path, for enjoyment and pleasure walking

Have a brief walk through the floodlight walkers path whenever you need.

Switch off the light at the Sit out/Porch for the maximum enjoyment at the night with the unique pleasure and relaxation. Watch the sky, stars, moon, fireworks on the opposite side of the lake in Temples and Churches at Alappuzha district, experience the breeze, sound of the waves in the lake and the unique silence of the night and the natural sound of the lake at night.

Basketball Court,  Shuttle Court, Table Tennis & Caroms

We have a nice single Basketball Court, Open Shuttle Court, Facilities for Table Tennis, Caroms and Chess in the Floodlit Activity Hall. Guests can use the above facilities  free of charge during night and the day, you will get  the balls, shuttle, bat etc from the reception. You can be physically fit by having a game and also for fun and enjoyment. Usually we don’t  provide fan while you play, fans will be provided if you take the hall for some other purposes.

Fishing From The Lake

You can catch fish with Fishing Rod in the early morning, and also by using other fishing net, in the night, you may get lot of small and bigger fish, which you can put it in small bucket for watching it and also you may get it fried if you are ready to pay service charge for the kitchen Service. You can contact at the reception for the fishing rod and other accessories for catching the fish.

Ghoose Feeding

It is very interesting to watch the activities of the Goose and also to watch when it is swimming and have bath in the small pond. You can also feed the goose by providing them grass and other eatables.

Goose will eat around 200g of food per day. Goose love greens such as cabbage, cauliflower leaves and lettuce. They will also eat leftover vegetables like cooked potatoes, carrots etc. Goose can be fed exclusively on grass if  enough of it and it is of sufficient quality. Grass contains all of the vitamins and minerals geese need when it is fresh in the Spring. when we  run out of good clean grass, wheat can be fed in the bottom of a bucket of water. Generally, we provide a little food for goose to take  for breakfast or before bed.

When the grass is growing well during the spring and summer months, this is rarely needed. Goose should always be offered layers pellets ( Poultry food suitable for birds producing large numbers of eggs) during the breeding season to provide calcium.

Rabbit Feeding

It is very interesting to watch the activities of the Rabbits and also it is very much lovable in nature and it will come to you. You can also feed the Rabbits by providing them grass and other eatables as follows.

Rabbits need mainly hay and/or grass, some leafy greens and a small, measured amount of pellets. Rabbits don’t naturally eat root vegetables/fruit. Carrots/fruit are high in sugar and should only be fed in small amounts as occasional treats. The main part of a rabbit’s diet must be hay, and high fibre supplements. Other common vegetables to avoid are Beans, Cabbage, Cauliflower, kale, Parsnips, Potato or Potato peelings, Rhubarb, Spinach, Swedes and Tomato leaves.

Foods that are safe to feed a rabbit in small amounts are Basil, Beet Greens, Carrot and Carrot tops, Celery leaves, Dandelion leaves and flower, Dill, Mint, Parsley, Watercress, Wheat grass. Fruit is very sugary so only feed occasionally in small amounts, Apple, Bananas, also Blueberries, Cranberries, Pears, Raspberries and Strawberries.

If feeding a rabbit apples or pears, be sure that you do not feed the pips of these fruits since, they contain minute amounts of cyanide, which although harmless to humans ,can be harmful to rabbits. Finally, do not feed foods high in carbohydrates. Do not feed Beans, Breakfast cereals, Bread, Cookies, Corn, or nuts which may contribute to enterotoxaemia, a condition in which the blood contains toxin from the intestines.

 Small Honey Bee Watching (Meliponiculture)

The stingless are stingless bees that live mainly in hot countries, they make their hives in tree trunks and even underground. They are part of biodiversity, These bees are local species, perfectly adapted to the environment.

They are the main pollinators of the Amazonian jungle and produce incomparable quality honey , strong flavour, slightly acidic. Royal jelly is even incorporated into honey and This honey has great medicinal value. It’s super food ! “The high rate of humidity is a source of frequent chemical conversions that generate a significant production of hydrogen peroxide and gluconic acid, two powerful antiseptic “. Its antibiotic activity is higher in order to avoid fermentation. Honey mixed with milk powder is used as a beauty mask. The honey is preferred to sweeten teas and thereby increase their healing power. It is applied on burns and wounds to accelerate cicatrisation. In Brazil, we put few honey drops in the eyes to cure conjunctivitis.

 Butterflies

You can experience lot of butterflies around the property as certain plants and vegetables are attracting the butterflies. Most of the butterflies are visible in the morning.

Self Cooking & Learn Cooking

We do invite the guest to interact with the cooking at the kitchen with prior arrangement, during night.

 Yoga Practices/ Classes Can Be Arranged

We can arrange Yoga Practices/ Classes within the property if you require in advance. Wellness through Yoga. Meditation, Pranayam, Stress relief

Kundalini Yoga · Karma Yoga · Bhakti Yoga · Vinyasa · Hatha · Ashtanga

Proper Exercise-Asana

Proper Breathing – Pranayama

Proper Relaxation- Savasana

Proper Diet- Vegetarian

Positive Thinking and Meditation Vedanta and Dhyana Karma Yoga (selfless service) is acknowledged as a means to inner purification, ego removal and spiritual growth.

 Visit the organic farm  in the Property

We  have  organic fruit trees & vegetation around the property on the side of our walkers path, which includes:

Fruit Trees & Plants

 Passion fruit, Jackfruit, Pineapple, Pappaya, Plantain,   Jamun (ഞാവൽ പഴം) Cashew Fruit, Coconut, Lemon, Supporta, Many Type of Mango Trees, Many Type of  Bell Fruit (ചാമ്പക്ക),Bilumbi (ഇരുമ്പന്‍ പുളി),Star Fruit (ഇലുമ്പി), Rose Apple Tree   (ഞാറപ്പഴം) Cocoa , Luvika (ലോലോലിക്ക), Spondias Pinnata (അമ്പഴം), Soursop(മുള്ളാത്ത), Custard-Apple  (ആത്തക്കാ, Jamaican Custard Apple(ചുവല ആത്തക്കാ) litchi , Pomegranate (മാതളം), Mangostin, Noni Fruit (നോനിപഴം) Mini Orange, Guava (പേരയ്ക്ക )  Red Guva (ചുവല  പേരയ്ക്ക)  Mulberry, Rambuthan, Pappaya

Vegetables

Bitter Gourd (പാവയ്ക്കാ)  Brinjal (വഴുതനങ്ങ ) Lady’s Finger ( വെണ്ടയ്ക്ക)  Spinach 1 (ചീര), Spinach 2 (കുപ്പച്ചീര) Spinach 3 (തഴുതാമയില) (വാഴപിണ്ടി) (വാഴക്കുമ്പ്)Drumstick tree,(മുരിങ്ങ) (മുരിങ്ങയില) Coccinia Grandis (കോവല്), Pappaya, Mango.

Tubers (കിഴങ്ങുകള്‍) Tapioca, Elephant foot yam (ചേന),Purple Yam (കാച്ചില്‍),Yam (ചേമ്പ്)( ശീമചേമ്പ്)

 Spices

Pepper (കുരുമുളക്) Nutmeg (ജാതിക്ക),   Ginger (ഇഞ്ചിച്ചെടി)Turmeric,(മഞ്ഞള്‍ച്ചെടി)Cinnamon, (കറവപ്പട്ട മരം) Tamarind (പുളിമരം) Malabar Tamarind (കുടംപുളി ) Coriander ( മല്ലിയില ) പനികൂര്‍ക്ക, കച്ചോലം,ആര്യവേപ്പ്, All spices, Mint Leaves, Bay Leaf (കറുവാപ്പട്ട ഇല),

Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants/ Trees

Basil(തുളസി),Henna (मेंहदी) (മൈലാഞ്ചി)  Runny Nose(രാമച്ചം)Touch Me Not ( ) Youkkali ( ) മുക്കുത്തി, Aloe vera (കറ്റാർ വാഴ) ലക്ഷ്മിതരു, Soursop (മുള്ളാത്ത) Neem Tree(ആര്യവേപ്പ്), Alstonia venenata (അണലിവേഗം),

Trees

Bullet Wood Tree ( ഇലഞ്ഞി ), Champak /Champa (ചെമ്പക പൂവ്) ,

Mangrove(കണ്ടല്‍വൃക്ഷം) Alstonia venenata (അണലിവേഗം) ദേവതാരു, Rosewood (വീട്ടി / ഈട്ടി മരം) Teakwood (തേക്കുമരം)  മഹാഗണി Alstonica, Sandle Wood (ചന്ദനം) Neem Tree(ആര്യവേപ്പ്)

Activity Hall for the family get together

There is an activity hall ,which is suitable for the gathering of more than 100 people, it can be used for the get-together during night and also during the rainy season.

Cultural activities at the evening

we can arrange as per the prior requirement, cultural activities such as songs, Group songs, classical songs, dance, Shingarimelam, Kadhakali, Ottamthullal etc.

 

Outside Activities

 

Houseboat Day Cruising & Overnight Stay

 One Bedroom To 10 Bedroom A/C  Houseboat

We provide Single Bedroom Houseboat to Ten Bedroom Houseboat as per the prior requirement of the guest. We also provide ordinary, deluxe premium and luxury Houseboats for the overnight stay.

 Facilities

A/C Houseboat, Check in 12 noon, Check out 9 am on the next day, Maximum 21 hours of overnight stay in the House Boat, A/C will be working from 9pm to 6am in an ordinary and deluxe houseboat. But in a Premium and luxury Houseboat A/c will be working for the whole time. The tariff includes taxes and all the meals such as welcome drink, lunch, evening tea/coffee with snacks, dinner, breakfast, fruits and mineral water. Four to five hours cruising through, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Backwaters, Midnight land, Kavanattinkara, Thanneermukkham Bund, Birds Sanctuary, Sightseeing through the lake Side Hotels/Resorts etc. OR R.block, C block and Alleppey Backwaters etc. Remaining Hours the House Boat will be stationed in the Lake (During the day time) and in the night it will be stationed on the side of a canal, in Kumarakom or at Alappuzha, There will be minimum three crews in the Houseboat; among them one person will be the Cook. Extra persons will be charged ,Children up to five years will not be charged, if they don’t need any extra facility .

Please Contact us by email for the Package charge.

 Houseboat Backwater Cruising

Houseboat will cruise through, Birds Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Backwaters, Midnight land, Kavanattinkara, Thanneermukkham Bund, Birds Sanctuary, Sightseeing through the lake Side Hotels/Resorts, R.block, C block and Alleppey Backwaters etc. Please Contact us by email for the Package charge?

 Motorboat, Speedboat and  Country Boat Cruising

Motorboat will cruise through, Birds Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Backwaters, Midnight land, Kavanattinkara, Thanneermukkham Bund, Birds Sanctuary, Sightseeing through the lake Side Hotels/Resorts, R.block, C block and Alleppey Backwaters etc.You can have Country boat from Choolabhagom for visiting Moolepadam and 900 Paddy fields, Attipeedika and at Kavanattinkara for the Aymanam cruising,Please Contact us by email for the Package charge?

Country Walk

Nalupank Houseboat Terminal 5 Kms

Go straight from ILC and take right turn and go straight,Its around 5 kms  to nalupank houseboat terminal,lot of greeneries on the way and you can experience real village life on both the sides of the road. There is a Christian Catholic Church, The Navanazreth Holy Family Church on the right side of the road and after three kilometers There is a Sri Muthen’s Nada Mahadeva Temple. Main Idol—Siva

Kumarakom market through tourism road 3 km

Go straight from ILC and take left turn and go straight then take right turn to the tiled road, go straight and turn left to the market junction and turn right for reaching to the Family Super Market.The major part of the road is by tiles, interesting to walk, but you have to be careful as two wheelers use to travel in a rash and negligent manner. You can see the Kumarakom Police station and the Kumarakom market junction ,you can have purchases over there and there is a Family Super Market just in front of Attamangalam Jacobite Church, on the side of Kumarakom Kottayam Road

Kumarakom Boat Jetty and the Cross on the Lakeside 3 Kms

Go straight from ILC and take left turn and go straight then take left turn to the main road go for around 100 meters and take left turn into the small road before the bridge on the main road. Then You will see the small  Govt. Boat Jetty and you can go through the small road to the west and you will see lot of houseboats are parked and at the dead end of the Lake you can see the famous cross built by the Illikkalam family.

Ayurvedic Massage/Treatment

Ayurvedic whole body massage, treatment, facial etc can be  arranged as per your prior request.There are  Ayurvedic massage and treatments connected to Hotels and Resorts in Kumarakom. According to your budget you can choose one. We will provide you the information for the advance booking. It’s better to book early for getting the services in time

Vellavali—Unique Type Of Fishing

You can watch this unique type of fishing from ILLIKKALAM Lakeside Cottages or take a motorboat into the lake for few hours and can experience into it.One of the very strange way of fishing in these region is Vellavali, and only one type of fish called, Karimeen (Pearl spot) is caught by bare hand by fishermen by this way of fishing called Vellavali. Karimeen is a popular fish and is generally found in the Backwaters of Kerala. It is a very tasty fish and usually it may grow more  than 200 grams and the general size will be the size of a human palm, but it is having bones also.

Small wooden country boat is used for the fishing, and in each Country Boat 5 to 7 people will be there for catching the fish in the backwaters. They will carry minimum 3 long bamboo poles; one  man will use one of the poles from the backside of the Country Boat for moving the same and others will use oars to move into the pre planned  fishing spot.

They will carry a long  Valli (Unique fishing equipment) of around 85 Mar (475 Feet),this Valli was formerly made up of long thick coir and the tender coconut leaf. Thousands of the same leaf after removing the mid-rib will be attached to the Valli, each leaf will have average 1 inch thickness and 2 to 2.5 feet length. This leaf will be attached with the distance of up to 8 inch. Now a day’s plastic is being used for the coir and for the leaf.

Two men will tie each end of the Valli just above their hip and will take one bamboo pole each and they will jump down from the country boat to the water and they will start their forward movement by walking, swimming or jumping with the help of the pole,and they will keep the distance of around 75  feet, thus they will drag the Valli in a U shape through the down of the water. Two to three persons will be following at the back side  of the U shaped Valli, they will make sounds with their hands and legs by swimming, beating and cutting into the water.

The fish (Karimeen) which is already in the U shaped valli,by seeing the peculiar glittering colour of the leaves of the valli usually get scared and move forward to the back side of the U shaped Valli ,very fast ,but when they reach at the down of the U shaped vally,they will get further scared by hearing the artificial sound  of the fishermen diving  in the water  and immediately they will dip into the mud,to get escaped,when it goes through the mud at the bottom of the water,because of the movements of the back fin,mud will come up in the water.The fisher men at the back ,will be watching this by diving and looking at the bottom,then the fisher men will know immediately where exactly the fish is under the mud and the fisher men will dive into the bottom of the water and with their bare hand ,using only the fingers,they will catch the fish on the head,and dive back to the surface of the water and by keeping the balance in the water by floating ,they will throw the fish into the small country boat ,which may be in the distance of 5 to 25 feet away. One fisher man will be in charge of the country boat, who will try to keep close to the divers so as to enable them to throw the catched fish from the water, very soon  into the Country Boat. The divers will go  back soon into underground of the water as so many fish will be dipping into the mud again and again  till the drawing of the Valli stops by the first two persons. They start their fishing by 8am and stops by 2pm, usually they stop the fishing which depends upon, the climatic condition (Severe breeze & waves and also underground water should be clear, then only the divers can see the movements of the fish) and also depends upon the volume of the catch of the fish. Generally they get from 5 Kg to 20 Kg fish (30 to 120 fish) The surprising fact is that the diving fishermen even go down up to 24 feet without any diving materials, for catching the Karimeen  in this unique way.

Visit to Moolepadam & 900 Paddy fields

Hundreds of  weaver birds constructing their nests can be seen in coconut trees and other trees on the bund of the paddy fields of Moolepadam & 900 Paddy fields. Over there lot of red water lilies in the canals of Moolepadam is another beauty.

Birds Sanctuary Visit

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary) is situated at the north of Kumarakom. on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds.Developed in a rubber plantation as a bird sanctuary by an Englishman, the sanctuary was formerly known as Baker’s Estate. Currently, the bird sanctuary is managed by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. The sanctuary is spread over 14 acres (5.7 ha) on the southern bank of the Kavanar River. There is a system of paths for moving around within the sanctuary. Beyond the sanctuary, one can take a boat ride in Vembanad Lake or along the Kavanar River.

The main attractions are local birds like waterfowlcuckooowlegretheroncormorantmoorhendarter, and brahminy kite, as well as the migratory Siberian craneParrotteallarkflycatcher, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from Siberia.

Fishing At Mutherimada

There will be be lot of fish to catch, with fishing rod, at the above place,you can reach the place through Kannadichaal which is after the Petrol Pump in Kumarakom. You can experience the village beauty on the way to Mutherimada. The place is very comfortable with good climate, breeze,village life experience and the natural beauty.The above places are around 6 Kms away from ILC and you can get lot of Perl Spot Fishes (Karimeen) by using fishing rod, You can go in an auto rickshaw and come back in another one. Karimeen is a very tasty fish in Kerala backwaters.

Fishing At Kari & Metran Kayal

The above places are around 4 Kms away from ILC and you can get lot of Perl Spot Fishes (Karimeen) by using fishing rod, You can go in an auto rickshaw and come back in another one.Karimeen is a very tasty fish in Kerala backwaters.

Village Life Experience At Kumarakom

A Day With Farmers

Kumarakom is a cluster of small picturesque islands around the Vembanad Lake. The village is well acclaimed for its backwaters, delicious cuisine and greenery. This tourist destination, over the years, is one of the most visited in Kerala. Our journey will begin at Kavanatinkara after a briefing session. You will be accompanied by a guide who will familiarise you to the landscapes and the lush green surroundings of Kumarakom.

Country Boat

Your journey begins in a country boat. Proceed over a lake flanked by greens, to the Manjira village. Get a grand reception from villagers with cheers and flower garlands

At The Top Of A Coconut Tree

Learn how the times changed, as Ajeesh shows you two ways of climbing a coconut tree – the laborious traditional way using a thalappu and the modern way using the latest instruments. Celebrate the end of class by treating yourself to fresh tender coconut.

Taste Of Tender Coconut

Enjoy the beauty of green paddy fields at Sabu’s house. In his coconut grove, you will get to taste some sweet coconut water and tender coconut. Then you head to Ajeesh’s home

Toddy Tapping

Proceed across paddy fields to reach the next stopover—a coconut grove. Taste the famed Kerala beverage, toddy, fresh out of the pot. Watch toddy being tapped from a coconut tree closely. You can also tour the vegetable plantation nearby, and learn about unique plants and spices.

Gowri’s House

Gowri takes you through the art of weaving coconut leaves. Then she lets you try your hand at it.

Net Fishing

Suresh, a skilled fisherman of Manjira, will teach you some tried-and-true fishing tips. Watch in awe as he casts a net and catches a few with ease. We then proceed to Latha’s home in a little boat

Latha’s House

Latha’s home is where you get to watch the fascinating process of coir making. Check out the various steps involved and try your hand at coir spinning. Stop and lunch at RT’s Samrudhi Restaurant or a farmer’s house before you head to the next stopover. A sumptuous meal of boiled rice and traditional delights served on a plantain leaf will be awaiting you.

World Of Screw Pines

Learn from Omana how screw pine products are made. Don’t forget to buy the one or two that catch your fancy.

The Experience

An initiative by village women, this package will take you through the simple life of villagers. The journey will begin in a country boat awaiting you near Aattamangalam Church. Two village women will row you through Kannadi Chal, a picturesque canal. And after a pleasant 45-minute-ride, you will be at your first stopover.

Kandan Kavu

Here you can enjoy Kumarakom’s unique biodiversity while you relax and watch a typical day in the village unfold.

Creche

Our next stop is the local Anganwadi [Crèche]. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with the teachers and kids studying here. The Anganwadi acts as the nodal centre for the implementation of various schemes of the Government for the development of women and children.

Bow And Arrow Fishing

A little ahead we can see an interesting local practice, a traditional fishing technique using bows and arrows. As the guide explains the intricacies of this method, you can also try your luck at making a catch

Catch Net Fishing

Inland fishing practices have been around since time immemorial in this region.You will get to watch a seasoned fisherman demonstrate his mastery of catch nets and trawl nets, first-hand

Leelaamani’s House

Here, local women weave coconut leaves into roof thatching. These leaves provide very efficient thermal insulation to houses. Observe the skill and speed with which they weave one leaf after another. Also, try your hand at it with expert guidance from the ladies here.

Leela’s House

We make our way to a house nearby to see the making of brooms using the veins of coconut leaves. Our host, Leela, with the help of our guide, will explain the commercial aspects and techniques involved in broom making.

Sosamma’s House

Using a locally abundant resource, the screw pine, Sosamma and her family weave amazing handicraft mats. Screw pines have an almost mythical reverence in the villages and traditional Kerala mats are made out of their leaves.

Backyard Garden

Homestead farming is a prevalent practice in Kerala. Familiarise yourself with the many crops found in the region as we go through the vegetable patch and participate in the farming activities. Also, taste home grown fruits found here.

Plantain Orchard

We move on to the nearby plantain orchard managed by the local Kudumbashree (Self-help Group) unit. Kerala is known for diverse varieties of plantains cultivated, some of which can only be found in the state

Crafter’s Corner

Our next visit will be to the house of a skilled artisan, who crafts beautiful snake boat, houseboat and country boat models. If you want you can also buy the exhibits on display.

Ferry Service

One must experience a boat ride from Muhamma to Kumarakom through Vembanad lake, largest lake in Kerala. Around 1 hour journey cost around 10rs. Awesome experience.Muhamma – Kumarakom boat service available. Anyone can make use of public water transportation. From Kumarakom, bus services are available as well.30 minutes – 10 km non stop boat ride to kumarakom in government boat for 10 rupees only. this boat ride crosses vembanad lake at its widest part of 10 km.

A) Kumarakom – Muhamma

There are Govt. Ferry Boats which starts from at the following times from Kumarakom govt Boat Jetty to Muhamma, which is a village just opposite of(west) Kumarakom on the bank of  Vembanad lake by cruising around 40 minutes and the charge per person is around Rs15.this is a marvellous economical short  trip by experiencing village life, lot of houseboats, the famous cross constructed in the lake, fishing activities, very comfortable breeze and waves in the lake is really an activity foe relaxation and enjoyment.

you can come back to Kumarakom within the same boat or in another boat.

Time :06.30,0715,08.00,09.00,10.00,11.00,11.45,13.00, 13.45,14.45,15.30,16.15,17.15,18.00,19.00,20.00

Note: Please confirm again  the starting time  and availability of the Boats

B) Muhamma – Kumarakom

There are Govt. Ferry Boats which starts from at the following times from Muhamma Govt Boat Jetty to Kumarakom  just opposite of Vembanad lake by cruising around 40 minutes and the charge per person is around Rs15.This is a marvellous economical short  trip by experiencing village life, lot of houseboats, the famous cross constructed in the lake, fishing activities, the famous cross constructed in the lake  at Kumarakom side, very comfortable breeze and waves in the lake is really an activity for relaxation and enjoyment

Time:05.45-06.30-07.15-08.15-09.00-10.00-11.00-11.45-13.00-13.45-14.45-15.30-16.30-17.15, 17-15, 18-15.

Phone: 094000 50331

C) Allappuzha —- Kottayam

A boat ride between Alapuzha and Kottayam is a very pleasing experience. The 2 and a half hour ride in either direction costs just Rs 25.The State run boats stop at some 40 points. For the inhabitants of these water-logged lands, the boat is the only means of transport, hence the rates are kept low. True, the boats are very basic :not so even wooden floors, narrow seats of coir mat cushions, with the fibber bristles.But the journey is blissful, with just water, green paddy fields, Coconut trees, village life of two districts, fishing by fishermen, and the skies.Currently, the boats do not touch Kottayam town: the service is terminated at Kanjiram, which is 7 kms off Kottayam . You can catch  bus or autos  for reaching your place of accommodation.At Alapuzha, the bus terminus and the ferry points are adjacently located. Time:7.30 Am, Via: Chithira, Pattaserry, Vettikadu/ 9.35 Am, Via: Kuppapuram, Pandissery / 11.30Am,Via: Soman Jetty, Kuppapuram, Pullathussery / 2.30 Pm, Via: Kuppapuram, Chithira / 5.15 Pm, Via: Kuppapuram, Pandissery.

D) Kottayam —- Allappuzha

Time: 6.45 Am, Via: Chithira, Pattaserry/ 11.30 Am,Via: Chithira, Pattaserry/ 1 Pm, Via: Pullathussery, Pandissery/ 3.30 Pm, Via : 24000 Kayal, Pullathussery, Aryadu, Punamada/ 5.15 Pm, Via: Pullathussery, Chithira

For More Information & Complaints:0471-2332021,2320600,Mobile No:9447051333,Email:minister-transport@kerala.gov.in

 J-Yes Farm Neendoor

This Farm is around 25 kilometers away and can be reached in 45 minutes time. It’s  an award winning farm and a nice place to enjoy with family. Has a good restaurant. BBQ fish is a must try. The farm also has several fish ponds, plant nurseries, chicken and duck coops and cattle sheds. There is a museum of old agricultural tools. Entry is free for all. It is a  nice place to spend  an evening in this farm,Main attractions include fish feeding, children’s play area, farm products, aquarium etc. A nice place to spend in an evening. Main attractions include fish feeding, children’s play area, farm products, aquarium and also good for those who are interested in animals and farming.

Ph 0481 2712828; M 80863-94882

 Palakkari Fish Farm at  Vaikom 

It is 30 Km away from Kumarakom, Aqua Tourism by Matsyafed, Palaikari is in a 125 hectare wide brackish water fish farm with 4 culture ponds and 3 nurseries. The farm lies inside the Vembanad Lake.The Aqua Tourism by Matsyafed, Palaikari offers facilities for spending a day there, relaxing on hammocks, swings or benches on the bunds between shady coconut trees, meals with fish curry, fish fry and fish pickles and a cup of ice cream and pedal-boating, for only Rs.200/- The one day package starts from 10 a.m. with a welcome drink and ends at 6 p.m. with a scenic beauty of the sunset. Children below 12 years can have the same facilities for only Rs.100/-. Huts on the bunds and in the water body are apt for a private retreat. An evening visit costs only Rs.25/- from 4 p. m to 6 p. m. It is also having a safe swimming area and a kite flying area available.

The rivers Achenkovil, Manimala, Meenachil, Moovattupuzha, Pamba, Azhuthayar, Kakkattar, Kallar, Manimalayar and Periyar flow into this lake which spreads up to 14 km wide at some places. A branch of Moovattupuzhayar empties near the Palaikari farm.Web site www.aquatourismbymatsyafed.com Ph  0482 9273314; M: 9440993314

Thanneermukkam Bund    20 KM away

It also connects the two districts of Kottayam and Alappuzha through the Thanneermukkam and Vechoor villages on either side of the bund. The bund, which has a length of 1400 meters, is situated between 76° 23′ and 76° 25′E and 9° 40′B latitude. This includes a 470m-long reclaimed portion in the middle.The Thanneermukkom Bund (Thannermukkom Salt Water Barrier) was constructed as a part of the Kuttanad Development Scheme to prevent tidal action and intrusion of salt water into the Kuttanad low-lands across Vembanad Lake between Thannermukkom on south and Vechur on north. Thanneermukkom Bund was constructed in 1974 and is functional since 1976. It is the largest mud regulator in India. This barrier essentially divides the lake into two parts – one with brackish water perennially and the other half with fresh water fed by the rivers draining into the lake.

It has been built across Lake Vembanad. It connects Vechoor of Kottayam district and Thanneermukkom of Alappuzha district. It can be reached by road, from Kottayam town, Alappuzha or Cherthala. Frequent bus services are available from all the places mentioned.This barrier has helped the farmers in Kuttanad – where farming occurs below sea level. It has however also created ecological problems, primarily, the rampant propagation of the Water Hyacinth in fresh water. The backwaters which were abundant with fish and part of the staple food of the people of the region require a small amount of salt water for their breeding. The salt water barrier has caused deterioration of the catch of fish in the region and the fishermen are opposed to the bund as of 2005.[2]

The salt water barrier has also disrupted the harmony of the sea with the backwaters and has caused problems not foreseen before the salt water barrier like the omnipresence of the water weeds. Earlier the salt water tends to cleanse the backwaters but this does not happen any more leading to the pollution of the backwaters and the entire land nearby.The shutters are opened during monsoon and are closed after approximately six months.

Aruvikkuzhy Water Falls –   35 KM distance

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls is a waterfall near Kottayam in  Kerala is situated 2 km from Pallickathode. The waterfall measures about 30 ft in height and active only during monsoon. In summer the river almost dries up.

Aruvikkuzhi is a beautiful picnic spot and an ideal shooting location for movies located in Kottayam. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, falling in five steps, is a real feast for the eyes. Here streams make their way through the landscape and the water roars as it cascades down the mountains from a height of 100 ft. It is an ideal place for trekking and is located in the midst of rubber plantations.

St. Mary’s Church is situated at the top of  the waterfalls. The rubber plantation centre at Pallickathod, is just 1 km from this spot.

Elephant Training Center  — 83 Kilometers

Konni is a popular training center for elephants in Kerala. Located in the district of Pathanamthitta, it is a major center of tourist attraction in Kerala, and attracts visitors in large numbers throughout the year.Situated about 11 km from Pathanamthitta, the main attraction at the elephant training centre at Konni is the huge cages built of wood to house elephants. This massive wooden cage is locally known as Aanakoodu and can accommodate three to four elephants at a time.

The chief task of the trainers here at Konni is to train baby elephants, which are brought to the training centre after getting separated from its herd, or found wounded and roaming lonely in the forest. Experienced trainers, who employ some of the time-tested methods to tame the baby elephants, follow systematic training methodologies. Some of the training programmes besides making the elephants to obey commands include, daily exercises in the morning, which also include a walk in the premises, followed by bath and feeding of a special diet.

At Konni, visitors can get a close look at these trainee elephants and can observe and understand a lot about their behaviour, especially that of baby elephants, which are often mischievous and are focus of attention of majority of the visitors, especially children.
One can also find bigger elephants at the center, and a ride on these majestic animals is an exciting one. The bigger elephants are also some times used for works inside the forest land adjoining the training center.It is obviously a training school with a difference; where size really doesn’t matter. Contact details:Phone: +91 468 2247645

Visit Religious Places

The Navanazreth Holy Family Church — Half kilometer away

This Christian Catholic Church is situated just 500 meters away from Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages. Service Starts at 6.30 am on all days from Monday To Saturday and 7 am on all the Sundays.Phone: 0481 252 4496

Juma Masjid at Thazhathangadi –10 KM distance.

Juma Masjid at Thazhathangadi is 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

Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid is one of the famous tourist attractions of Kottayam in Kerala. The Juma Masjid of Thazhathangadi is historically very important as it is not only one of the oldest mosques in Kerala, but the whole of India.It is believed by many historians, that Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid was constructed some 10 centuries ago by Habib Dinar who was Malik Dinar’s son and was responsible for the introduction of Islam in the country.The location of Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid is very beautiful as the mosque is situated on the banks of the captivating Meenachil river. The mosque is also located approximately 2 kilometers away from the city of Kottayam.

The fascinating architecture of Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid reflects the conventional style of Kerala. In order to keep the beautiful mosque intact, the Government of Kerala has declared it as one of the protected monuments of the state.The mosque houses 2 graves or ‘Khabars’ of Malik Ibn Dinar as well as of the mason who constructed the shrine. The sacred well of the mosque differs from those of other Islamic places of worship. The well has stone steps resembling the steps noticed in most of the temples of India.

Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple  12 Kms away,  Situated in the heart of Kottayam city is one of the 108 revered Shivalayas in central Kerala. The temple is about 500 years old and was built by the Thekkumkoor raja. It also preserves a number of unique sculptures and murals of various Hindu deities. A common belief is that the idol of Shiva here is installed by sage Parashurama himself. The Thekkukkoor royal family considered the idol as their paradevatha (tutelary deity) in the form of “Thirunakkara thevar”[1]

Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple –110 Km.(3.5 hours)

Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala. Sabarimala is a Hindu pilgrimage centre located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District, which is unique in many respects. The uniqueness gathers its voice as the temple is open to all irrespective of cast creed or religion, another interesting fact is that it is not open for throughout the year. It is said that the pilgrims have to follow fasting for 41 days to cleanse their mind before going to Sabarimala.The journey to the temple is to be taken through difficult paths in the forest as the vehicles can go up to Pampa.

It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world, with an estimated over 100 million devotees visiting every year. Ayyappan’s temple is situated amidst 18 hills. The temple is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 1260 m (4,133 ft) above mean sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. The dense forest, (Periyar Tiger Reserve), around the temple is known as poongavanam.

Distance to Useful Places in and Around Kumarakom

Banks & ATM (2 K.m.), Kumarakom Bus Stop (2 K.m.)Kumarakom Govt. Boat Jetty ( 2 K.m.) Medical Shops (3K.m.) Kumarakom Govt. Hospital ( 3 K.m.), Kumarakom Market Junction (3K.m) Familys Mart Super Market  ( 3 Km ) Kumarakom Panchayat (2.5K.m.) Kumarakom Police Station (3 K.m.)

Distance to Main Resorts & Clubs in Kumarakom

Backwater Ripples (850 Meters) Karma Chakra (400 Meters), Kumarakom Sailing Club( 1 K.m.) Zuri Kumarakom & Spa (1K.m.) Kottayam Club (1 K.m.) Abad Whispering Palms (1. K.m.) Lake Song (1. K.m.)Rama Varma Union Club (1.5 K.m.) Club Mahindra (4Km) Kumarakom Lake Resort (4 K.m.) Vivantha By Taj (5 k.m.), CGH Earth Coconut Lagoon (7 K.m.) Windsor Castle Kottayam (15 K.m.)

Distance to Sightseeing Places in & Around Kumarakom

Kumarakom Govt. Boat Jetty ( 2 K.m.) Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (5.5 K.m.) Nalu Pank Houseboat Terminal (5 K.m) Metran Kayal (5 K.m) Regional Agricultural  Research Station & University (6 K.m.) Thanneermukkham Bund (12Km.) Kavanattinkara Houseboat Terminal (6 ) Kaippuzhamuttu Houseboat Terminal (7) Palaikari Aqua Tourism (32 K.m.) J Yes Farms (24 K.m.) Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls (35 Km)

Availability of Vehicles

We can arrange Cars & Autorickshaw for the Guests at any time, moreover ILLIKKALAM Lakeside Cottages, is only two Kms  from the Kumarakom Govt. Boat Jetty Bus Stop, from where  Buses to Kottayam, Alappuzha, Cherthala, Kochi and Ernakulam are available