Kumarakom is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Kumarakom Beach is a popular picnic spot.
The sought after experience by the tourist in Kumarakom is the houseboat cruise. The houseboats you find in the backwaters of Kumarakom are in fact a reworked version of the Kettuvallams of olden times. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam word, ‘Kettu’, refers to dwelling structures and ‘Vallom’ means boat. In the olden days, kettuvallam or boat with thatched roof that covers over wooden hulls was used to carry tons of rice and spices.
Of late, houseboats come equipped with all the comforts of a good hotel room including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. An uninterrupted view of life in the backwaters can be enjoyed while staying in a houseboat.