The breath taking beauty of the mangrove forest, the green sea of the paddy fields and the vast fantastic coconut groves benevolently accommodating eye pleasing and thirst quenching rivulets, canals, chanelled between wild flora and mid lilies extend a warm welcome to every nature loving tourist. The resorts nearby offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing , angling and swimming. Kumarakom is located 10km away from Kottayam on the Eastern Bank of Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary The beautiful bird sanctuary is located 16km west of Kottayam town. The sanctuary set on the eastern bank of Vembanad Lake extends over 14 acres of lush greenery and blue waters. The birds seen here includes local birds like water fowl, cuckoo, owl, ducks, egret, heron, cormorant, moorhen, darter, Brahminy Kite and rare migratory birds like Siberian crane, Parrot, Teal, flycatcher. Best time to visit is between June and August. This is also an ideal site for enjoying the backwaters and boat cruise. Boats are available on hire around the lake. The Vembanad lake Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals which empty into the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake. The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sight-seeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The Kumarakom Eco-Tourist Village offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages. The serene lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular water regatta- the snake boat races. It is indeed amazing to watch oarsmen, at least a hundred in one boat, slice their way through the waters to the fast rhythm of their own full throated singing.
Pathiramanal This enchanting pristine ten acre island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. This island in the Vembanad lake is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma.From today onwards this Pathirammanal has to be raised up as a bio-park by the Toruism department of Kerala.