The Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom: The region of Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals, which empty into the great expanse of a backwater called the Vembanad Lake. An enchanting picnic spot and a much sought-after backwater tourism destination, the lake provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. Stretching about 110 km and spanning three districts, the Vembanad Lake is at its widest point at Kumarakom. The serene lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular regatta - the world renowned Nehru Trophy snake boat race.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds. June to August is the breeding season of resident wetland birds like Siberian stork, cormorants, white ibis, egret, darter, heron and teal. Between November and May, one can witness here migratory birds like pintailed duck, garganey teal, spot billed duck, osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle etc. The bird sanctuary is well within the premises of Waterscapes and can be visited between 6 am and 5 pm.
Thazhathangadi: Once the most important place in Kottayam, Thazhathangadi by the River Meenachil and with the Vembanad Lake not far off, was strategically vital for trade. A quiet town today, it still flaunts the sprawling houses built by the merchants of yore. Made largely of wood, these houses are excellent examples of the architecture of the time.
Canal Cruise at WaterScapes: Your stay at WaterScapes provides many opportunities to enjoy the best of backwater experiences. One such experience is the cruise on the labyrinth of canals in and around the property. Guests can really go for a quiet and relaxed cruise, taking in the myriad forms of green. The canals easily take one close to many rustic backwater villages in Kumarakom, enabling one to observe the many facets of backwater village life.
Driftwood Museum: WaterScapes is located close to many other interesting destinations in Kumarakom. The historic Baker's Bungalow and the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are among them. Nearby, there is a unique destination, which is worth visiting. And that is the Bay Island Driftwood Museum. Here, one can find a fairly large collection of superior quality driftwood articles of very high artistic value, crafted through a rare and innovative modern artistic approach.
Pathiramanal: Pathiramanal, a small island in the Vembanad Lake is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world. Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat. The green island thus forms an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise.