Kumarakom Tourism

Kumarakom looks to be too tiny a village to be as popular a tourist destination as it is. Three things contribute to its vast popularity. First, it’s the central to the magic that is Kerala’s backwaters. These hundreds of canals link five large lakes; the largest of these, Vembanad Lake, laps at the village’s shores. On these waters sail the majestic houseboats. The second is its incredibly important role as a waypoint for migratory birds that descend here by the thousands in the winter. And the third is its culture that’s gloriously expressed during the monsoon season with the exhilarating series of snake boat races. These seem to whip the locals into a fever, and may be the most important event of the year.

Essential travel information and Kumarakom tips for your visit

Essential Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+05:30
  • Currency: INR (Indian Rupee)

Electricity and Internet

  • Electricity: Type D: Three and Two Round Pins. 5 Amperes.220 – 240 Volts.
  • Internet: Wi-Fi is usually available in resorts in hotels but may not be free. Otherwise, make sure your phone has 3G connectivity, and a Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Or get an internet dongle.
  • Languages: Kerala has over 250 dialects in all its languages. The most common areMalayalam, Tamil, Konkani, Kannada. But seeing that it’s one India’s most literate state, a fair number of the population speaks English.

Security

  • For most part, this is a calm and quiet village. But during boat race season, it can get terribly rowdy. Massive numbers of police personnel have to be despatched to maintain order.
  • Just keep an eye on your belongings.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before a boat ride.

Other Contacts

  • Police: +91 0481 252 4339
  • KIMS Hospital: +91 0481 661 1000

Off-Beaten Path

  • Visit the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall.

Tipping

  • It’s enough to tell the service to ‘keep the change’.
  • Know the pollution level of Kumarakom before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 44.12 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 68.75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.5 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 85.71 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 51.56 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 41.07 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Kumarakom for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kumarakom.

    • Burglary and Theft 35.71 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.71 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.57 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 28.57 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 28.57 (Low)
    • Attacks 21.43 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.71 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.71 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 28.57 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Kumarakom is 143.49 (High)

    • Safety Index 71.22 (High)
    • Climate Index 58.14 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 59.94 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 20.54 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 77.31 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.45 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 51.33 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kumarakom

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.51 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 45.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 27.4 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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