Nestled in the heart of Kottayam district in Kerala, the quaint village of Vaikom unveils a tapestry of rural charm, showcasing the authentic lifestyle and spiritual essence of Kerala.
TRANQUIL WATERS AND VILLAGE SERENITY
Vaikom’s allure lies in its pristine water bodies and serene village life, offering a glimpse into Kerala’s way of living. Embraced by the Vembanad Lake and adorned with the emerald Murinjapuzha Backwaters, the village paints a picturesque canvas that beckons the traveller in search of solace. The verdant green carpets of nature further amplify the allure, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience.
Adding to the village’s enchantment is the majestic Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, an embodiment of architectural and spiritual beauty. This temple stands as a testament to the rich heritage and cultural significance of the region, captivating the senses with its grandeur.
HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE AND RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
Vaikom is not just a haven of natural beauty; it also carries historical weight as one of South India’s oldest townships. Notably, it was the stage for the Vaikom Satyagraha, a significant civil rights movement etched into Indian history.
Beyond history, Vaikom stands as a prime example of responsible tourism, with the PEPPER (PEOPLE’S PARTICIPATION FOR PARTICIPATORY PLANNING AND EMPOWERMENT THROUGH RESPONSIBLE TOURISM) project playing a pivotal role. This initiative fosters community involvement in tourism decision-making and empowers local bodies, fostering a sustainable approach to exploration.
CRUISING THROUGH CULTURE
Exploring Vaikom’s charm involves traversing its waterways and narrow canals, providing a window into the traditional Kerala way of life. Canoe cruises, beloved by nature enthusiasts, offer an eco-friendly means of soaking in the natural beauty and immersing in the daily rhythms of village existence. These cruises offer glimpses of traditional crafts like weaving, pottery making, coir production, and coconut-based crafts, allowing visitors to witness the artisans in action.
SAVOURING LOCAL DELIGHTS
The journey through Vaikom extends to savoring its culinary and cultural delights. Taste the authentic Kerala Onasadya, a grand feast served on banana leaves, and experience the unique brew of sweet toddy. Additionally, witness the captivating ritual art form of Kerala known as Kalamezhuthu, where vibrant powders create stunning images of deities. The Vaikom Mahadeva Temple showcases this art during its festive occasions.
District Mission Coordinator (I/C)
Responsible Tourism Mission, District Tourism Office
Motel Arram Building, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom North (P.O), Kottayam 686563
Kodimatha, Kottayam – 686013
Ph: +91 481 2560479
Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, about 25 km
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, about 60 km