Located in the Kottayam district, Kumarakom is around 14 km from central Kottayam bus stand. The longest stretch of backwaters is from Kottayam to the Vembanad Lake, offering amazing ambience to the tourists. The bird sanctuary here is spread across 14 acres and a natural habitat for migratory birds. At any given time during the peak season, couples who love the houseboat rides and the other day-night boat trips throng the place. There is government of Kerala ferry services as well for a complete expedition of the backwaters. Kumarakom is known also for the posh hotels and luxury resorts located close to the backwaters strip.Kovalam- Kovalam is another backwater sites full of coconut groves and lovely resorts. Located on the southern tip of the place, Kovalam is a combination of three prominent beaches. A popular destination for foreigners, the place is also the anglers retreat. Fishing activities take place during the early mornings and you see the anglers boats lined up daytime.