When 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 sanctuary.
Kottayam 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.