Kumarakom is a village on Vembanad Lake in the backwaters of Kerala, southern India. It’s laced with canals, where houseboats ply the waters. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. Nearby, the Bay Island Driftwood Museum displays wooden sculptures. In the lake, Pathiramanal Island is a haven for rare migratory birds. Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Kumarakom has a wide variety of houseboats and is well known throughout the world for houseboat experience. They are used only for tourists these days. A separate boat known as Kettuvallam is used by the people to go fishing or to transport goods. Apart from these, there are elegant special boats like Kochu-odi Vallam, Odi-Vallam, Iruttukutthi Vallam, Chundan Vallam (Snake Boat), and Churulan Vallam which take part in the boat races around Onam time including Nehru Trophy boat race Alappuzha (The most famous boat race in Kerala).