Kumarakom, a small hamlet carved out of the backwaters way back in the 19th century. A cluster of islets today, Kumarakom was created literally during the colonial era. It is said that in 1878, George Baker, a British missionary had arrived in Kottayam, which is just 14 kilometers away from Kumarakom. He cleared the marshy mangrove forests on the banks of the Vembanad Lake and decided to settle down there. He planted coconut trees on the banks of the lake and Kumarakom, the island was born. Today Baker’s bungalow is a five star resort in this idyllic paradise.