What is the significance of the culture and history of Kumarakom?
Posted on Dec 13, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Kumarakom, a group of manmade islands, has got its name from the word Kumaran, the local deity of the area. While under the reigns of Vadakkancore rulers, an English farmer named Alfred Baker got this fertile part for a plantation project in 1978 (however Vadakkancore rulers lost Kumarakom to the Travancore rulers later on). Due to Alfred Baker’s plantation project, the cultivation of coconut and paddy started in plenty in Kumarakom. Today, Taj Hotel is using the Baker House, built by Alfred Baker, as a Garden Retreat.
As the time passed, locals also started to notice the progress of Kumarakom. Thanks to the efforts and significant groundwork done by Baker that helped Kumarakom transform into the luxury holiday destination that it is today, with minimum time and investment.
The locals here earn their bread and butter usually from fishing or tourism. Though Christianity may appear to the dominant religion here, the majority of the population follows Hinduism. Muslims are in good numbers as well. Therefore, all religions are celebrated with equal enthusiasm here. And, the entire Kerala turns up to cheer the oarsmen participating in Nehru Cup – the boat race that takes place during Onam, between September and October.
Irrespective of the occasion, you will always find fish and rice on your plate. Kumarakom serves to its visitors a blend of simple joys of life and all exquisites of a holiday destination.