The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely changed the way we travel. As we closed our borders quarantining ourselves at our homes, travel industry began to nosedive across the world. With most of the restrictions being eased now and tourism being promoted by most of the states in India, Kerala Tourism is also trying its best by promoting local and responsible tourism.
Most of the people who have become tired sitting at home for the past nine months, have already started taking short trips to nearby tourist destinations. Be it a small destination or hyperlocal spots, people are trying to enjoy the best way possible.
If anyone is travelling to Kottayam for a small journey, here's something that you can try that too on affordable rates. A short boat ride from Kumarakom to Muhamma can be enjoyed for just Rs 16. This 45-minute ride through Vembanad, the largest lake in Kerala is the best way to enjoy some fresh air along with some amazing views.
In case you travelled to Kumarakom on a bike, don't worry, you can take your bike by paying an extra charge of Rs 25 to Muhamma.
Kumarakom is obviously popular for its bird sanctuary, and its serene atmosphere and it's not just the boat ride they offer. Take a walk through Kumarakom walkway for a fun-filled experience with your family or friends before you take the boat ride.
It's an indescribably beautiful sight spread out on the wide water expanse with water birds swooping down for their catch, tiny birds perching on water hyacinth, shermen in small boats out for the day's catch and the greenery on the banks of the lake leaving you feeling serene and pleasant. One might also feel like sailing in the ocean as the lake is vast.
On the way, you can also spot Pathiramanal island which is home to many varieties of migratory birds. You can also watch the sunset during the ride if you take the boat in the evening. The sky usually turns red in colour and the beauty cannot be described but only experienced.
Private boats may charge you up to Rs 750 for a trip for the same duration while all you need to shell out for a Government-sponsored ride is a mere Rs 16. During the peak season, local tourists may find it difficult to get boats to take them all over the lake. So the ideal shortcut is this. The first two trips in the morning and the ones in the evening are packed. The mid-day trips are comparatively less crowded, with a maximum of 10 to 12 passengers in the 50-seat boat.
One can also visit Alappuzha beach and Thaneermukkam bund from Muhamma. Muhamma is also a place to relax and is a developing tourist destination. If you are someone who likes to explore village life, Muhamma is the right place. One can also indulge in activities like fishing.