Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the East, and the Vembanad Lake and the paddy fields of Kuttanad on the West, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, extensive rubber plantations and a totally literate people have given this district the title: the land of letters, latex and lakes.
Kottayam has a vast network of rivers and canals which empty into the great expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Located at Kumarakom 16 km from Kottayam town, the Vembanad Lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The Kumarakom Tourist Village offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages.
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is an ornithologist’s paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian Stork, egrets, darters, herons and teals. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.