This popular tourist destination is set on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake of the Kerala backwaters. Kerala houseboat cruises are famous around the world, and Kumarakom is popular centre for this relaxing pastime. The Bird Sanctuary can be visited by canoe arranged by local fishermen.
Resorts and hotels can arrange boating, yatching and fishing.

Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things is set in Aymanam village, near to Kumarakom.
Development is controlled in the area to preserve it,s natural beauty.