Kumarakom FAQs

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Area geography

Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake. It is a part of the Kuttanad region in Kerala. Kumarakom remains famous for its resplendent backwaters and the large variety of flora and fauna it is home to. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a very popular bird sanctuary where a large variety of migratory birds visit every year.

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The currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR). You can withdraw money from the ATMs across the city. Credit cards are not widely accepted so it is advised to keep cash handy.

Cellular service for tourists

Foreign tourists can buy a prepaid SIM card to avoid high roaming charges while travelling in Kumarakom. You can easily buy a prepaid SIM card from one of the many mobile recharge shops in Kumarakom.

Wifi internet

You can avail Wi-Fi services at most hotels and a even a few restaurants in Kumarakom. The Wi-Fi services might be paid or complimentary.

Drinking laws

The legal age for drinking in Kerala is 21.

Tipping

Tipping is an important part of etiquettes to be observed while touring anywhere in India. It is a common practice to tip waiters in a restaurants and cab drivers while sightseeing.

Safety

Kumarakom has a low crime rate and therefore considered relatively safe. However, petty crimes like pick pocketing or bag snatching are common. It is advisable to always be cautious of your surroundings and avoid visiting isolated areas, especially after dark.

General information

Languages spoken

Malayalam, Tamil, English

Time zones

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Major religions

Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Christianity

Electricity standards

In India, the standard voltage is 220 Volts. If you have equipment that runs on a different voltage, please procure a suitable voltage adaptor to run it. The power plug-in is generally a two pin and three pin plug.

Common greetings

Hello - namasthe/namaskaram

Welcome - swaagatham

How are you? - sukhamalle?

What is your name? - perenthaa?

Listen - sraddhikhu

Please - dayavaai

Thank you - nanni

Goodbye - poyivaraam

Can you help me please? - onnu sahaayikkumo?

Excuse me/sorry - kshamikkanam

How much will it cost? - ithinu enthu vila varum?

Can I make a phone call from here? - Onnu phone cheyyan pattumo?

Where can I hire a taxi? - evide taxi kittum?

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Emergency numbers

1. Government Medical College Kottayam , +91-481-2597284, +91-481-2597279

2. Tourist Information toll free number

1-800-425-4747

3. Police Station, Kumarakom

+91-481-2524339

4. Taxi Service

+91-97461-23234