I’ve spent so many weekends thinking about where I want to go for the 4 day break or the 3 day break. It’s kind of annoying. By the time you’ve figured it out, the weekend is already gone. I’m also quite tired of reading about the same old travel destinations from Mumbai. No one seems to be recommending anything new! So here’s one for you.
Kerala has several awesome destinations for a long weekend. This Diwali, the family decided to take a trip to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is fairly easy to plan from within India and you can enhance or reduce the number of days you need, depending on the number of days you have.
Kumarakom is a typical laid back sleepy south Indian town where you go to enjoy some good local food and some awesome filter coffee. You can stay as relaxed or as active as you want with this destination. If you’re only looking to sip on coffee, read a book and relax while the kids are playing, this is the place for you.
Kumarakom borders the Vembanad Lake which is a huge water body, and the longest lake in India. You can also spend some time on a boat looking at wildlife. House boats are very common on Vembanad Lake, so you can take a day trip looking around and you will not be bored for even a second. House boats are also known for their spectacular local cuisine. This was some of the best food I’ve EVER had.
My recommended duration for this trip would be 4 days.
Getting there: Kochi (also known as Cochin) is the closest metro. I would recommend you fly into Kochi, IF you want to keep your trip short. Most resorts in Kumarakom are an hour drive from Kochi airport. This is the easy way out.
If you love driving and you have an extra day, fly to Trivandrum instead (also known as Thiruvananthapuram) and drive to Kumarakom. It will take you about 4 hours, but it is a beautiful drive. You will probably want to get off every half an hour to get some pictures of the lush green.
If you want a boat ride included, drive from Kochi to Alleppy instead (also known as Alappuzha) and ask your resort to pick you up at the jetty via speed boat. The kids will love this one. It’s generally easy to get a boat that accommodates 5 people with luggage. Your resort should be able to arrange this for you.
Best time to visit: Summers in Kerala can get extremely hot and humid. It’s best to go during the winter months. December to February are considered the best periods. The weather’s good and you will be able to enjoy all the activities that Kumarakom has to offer.
House boats can be arranged externally or by your resort. It’s good to get a couple of quotes before picking one.
What to pack: Resorts are all located on water bodies, so it’s not uncommon for insects and mosquitos to be attracted to lights in the evenings. Carry some repellent if you’re not used to such an environment. Other than that, your regular holiday packing will do.
Where to stay: I’m a sucker for nice luxurious resorts when it comes to Kumarakom. I don’t think I ever step out once I get there, for the entire duration of my stay.
There are plenty of resorts in Kumarakom. I love the Kumarakom Lake Resort and the Taj Vivanta. Both are excellent, and both get booked pretty quick. Choose your room type depending on your preferences, and book well in advance.
Not everyone has the money to splurge and both resorts are expensive. You will also find a host of cheaper options. Just pick what is right for you and go with it! Remember, it’s more important to make the trip and the memories!
Another option if you have the additional day, is as follows. Instead of driving back to Cochin on your way out, you could take a speed boat from the resort’s jetty to Taj Malabar in Cochin. Five people and luggage is easy to accommodate and spending a night in Taj Malabar Cochin is a great option before taking your flight out the next day.
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