The word Kumarakom is derived from the presiding deity of the Subramanyan Temple, believed to be the oldest temple in the village. Kumarakom comes from two words: Kumar and akam or home – when combined it translates to home of the Lord Subramanya. To the uninitiated, Lord Subramanyan is also called Kumaran.
The village stands on manmade land that was reclaimed from the Vembanad Lake. The fertile lands were ideal for paddy and coconut cultivation and were part of the Vadakkancore Kingdom until captured by Marthanda Varma and annexed to be part of the Travancore Kingdom.
An Englishman, Alfred Baker, instantly fell in love with the place and purchased over 500 acres of land from the Maharaja to create the Baker House. Today, the house is part of the Taj Group, which runs a heritage hotel.
Kumarakom is a beautiful paradise home to mangrove forests, lush paddy fields, and enchanting waterways that are the lifeline of the people living here. There are plenty of resorts and luxury hotels offering the best in class accommodations and leisure options. At GT Holidays, we provide a range of Kumarakom tour packages for families and honeymoon couples. You could also choose an Ayurveda resort or go cruising on a houseboat to experience authentic backwater life.