KUMARAKOM-ALAPPUZHA (ALLEPPEY) BACKWATERS
Kumarakom is situated 15 km from Kottayam on the Vembanad lake. Across the backwaters, to the west, is the unkept coastal
town of Alappuzha (formerly called Alleppey), on National
Highway (NH) 47 between Thiruvananthapuram
(Trivandrum) and Kochi (Cochin).
Kumarakom, on the other hand, is a picturesque,
clean village like most places in Kerala. A tourist
centre has come up here recently. Boat races, houseboat
cruise, canoeing and fishing are the attractions
The huge houseboats, powered or poled, with living rooms,
toilets, kitchen, balcony for angling are remodelled
cargo barges. They are made of wooden planks joined
together by rope and no nails. There is a bird sanctuary.
The region of Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, is around. Here farming is done below sea level.