Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.
Tourism in Kumarakom largely revolves around the backwaters of the Vembanad Lake. Several luxury resorts line up on the shores of the lake providing tourists with facilities for boating, yachting and fishing, with panoramic views of the lake. The other major attraction is the Bird Sanctuary which can also be visited by canoes .
Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things is set in Ayemenem or Aymanam village, which adjoins Kumarakom. The explosive success of this novel has given some added tourism impetus to this area.Kumarakom has a wide variety of houseboats and is well known throughout the world for houseboat experience.