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Beauty of Vaikom

A quiet and clean nature blessed town on the banks of the huge Vembanadu lake. The population of around hundred thousand mainly consists of devout Hindus, followed by sizeable Syrian Christians and a few Muslims. The local people are literate, peace loving, religious and friendly. This small town has produced many literary figures, artists, political & religious leaders

Although there are many ancient temples and churches in the locality, the prominent landmark of Vaikom is the ancient & majestic Shiva temple, a marvel of traditional Kerala temple architecture. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation began his historic temple entry Satyagraha by entering this temple along with his followers. This movement was to confer the right of entry to each and every Hindu brethren in all the Hindu worship places.

Vaikom is a self-sufficient town which can cater to most of the demands of the locals and the basic needs of the discerning visitors. There are many good hospitals and excellent AYURVEDIC treatment & rejuvenation centers. In and around the town, you can easily find Banks, ATMs and foreign exchange centers.

Garden fresh vegetables, varieties of banana, coconuts and paddy are in plenty. The lake & backwaters of Vaikom is a rich source of tasty and healthy fishes. This water body is a main source of KARIMEEN (PEARL FISH) which has the unique State Fish status. Vaikom’s coconut toddy, a mildly intoxicating local brew, is a leisure drink popular with the native public, but the visitors are advised to experiment the same only under the guidance of your lodging hosts.

Vaikom Mahadeva Tample   Boat at Vaikom lake
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple   Boat at Vaikom lake
     
Lush greenery & Back waters   Dry coconuts collected for coir making
Lush greenery & Back waters   Dry coconuts collected for coir making
     
Vaikom Lake   Coir yarn produced at Vaikom
Vaikom Lake   Coir yarn produced at Vaikom
     
House boat at Vaikom lake   Rope making from coconut fibre
House boat at Vaikom lake   Rope making from coconut fibre

Travel Tips

• We recommend light cotton apparels throughout the season.
• Dress code: Let us respect the sentiments of the simple religious local public
• Local establishments in small towns may not accept credit/debit cards

DESTINATION: VAIKOM


Location

Km.

Average Journey Time

Journey

Location attractions

Kochi Intl. Airport

60

1hr.30 mts.

Road

Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Cherai Beach, Kaladi, Kodanad

Trivandrum Intl. Airport

200

4 hr.30 mts.

Road/train

Kovalam & Varkala beaches, Temples, Palaces, Museum

Kozhikode Intl. Airport (Karipoor)

200

4 hr.30 mts.

Road/train

Gateway to Waynad. Beaches. landing spot of Vasco-da-Gama

Waynad

220

5 hours

Road/train

 

Kumarakom

12

15 minutes

Road

Backwaters, Houseboats, Birds sanctuary

Alleppy

50

1 hr.30 mts.

Road

Venice of East. Beaches, backwaters and Houseboats

Kottayam

40

1 hour

Road

Gateway to mountains, wildlife and backwaters

Thekkady

110

2 hr. 30 mts.

Road

Wild life- Tigers & Elephants

Munnar

140

4 hours

Road

Hill Station & Tea Gardens

Trichur

90

2 hr. 30 mts.

Road

Temples & Festivals and waterfalls

Wagamon

85

1 hr. 30 mts.

Road

Hills & meadows. Kurushumala Monks Ashram