About Bay island Driftwood Museum
Today, just two things make Kumarakom tourists’ own paradise. Its exquisite backwaters and the exciting Bay Island Driftwood Museum - the Jewel of Kumarakom. It is India's only museum of its kind and world's best at present. It stands uncontested as the Unique and Innovative Tourism Project in India. It displays a beautiful blend of nature's creativity and an artist's imagination, and remains one of the wonderful repositories of most fascinating and rarely seen objects.
The place is not only visited by the big and the famous who come to rest in the luxury resorts, but also by thousands of regular tourists and eco tourists who come to enjoy a peaceful respite or just to be with their thoughts. However, while this place is a paradise for the contemplative traveller, for children and the special interest tourists, there are not enough sights to visit. The Driftwood museum comes as a value addition to this tourism destination.
Wonders of the Wild Sea under One Roof
Driftwood Museum is Kerala's only special interest tourist destination and a great futuristic asset of Indian tourism. Mrs. Raji Punnoose painstakingly recovered these rare objects from the Andaman seas at great risk. The artifacts, created and sustained by the sea waves for millennia, weighing many tons, big and small, collected, improvised, worth millions in international market, are permanently exhibited at Kumarakom. Government of Kerala awarded its prestigious Most Innovative Tourism Project award in 2004. The Ministry of Culture, Government of India provided financial assistance to the museum under their scheme, Promotion & Strengthening of Regional & Local Museums during the year 2006-2007.
Mrs. Raji Punnoose is the curator and proprietress of the museum. She is a retired teacher from Gov.Model S.S. School, Port Blair (A&N). The concept of this wonderful museum originated in her mind during her two-decade long career there. She brought these objects weighing many tons and has spent a large part of her savings on them. She has started exhibiting these objects since 2001 at Kumarakom. Mrs. Raji is the wife of Mr. P. P Cherian, Retired Chief Engineer, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, Government of India. The Museum is run by a registered Trust.
Kumarakom nearest tourist places
Kumarakom is a prevalent tourist place situated close to the city of Kottayam, Kerala, India. Kumarakom is a group of beautiful islands around the beautiful Vembanad Lake. If you are planning for a vacation in Kerala, You should be in Kumarakom. Here are 8 places to visit in Kumarakom that you can't miss.
Backwaters are the main Tourist attraction located in Kumarakom. Kumarakom Backwaters, Vembanad Lake, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramanal Island, Thazhathangadi Mosque.