Vaikom is a medium sized town located in Central Kerala on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Vaikom is known for the famous Shiva temple. Travelers consider Vaikom as a launch pad to the backwaters of Kerala. It is usual to see visitors to exchange pleasant moments with the people living along the backwaters. Some of them even participate in routine backwater based jobs like fishing, collecting lime shells and taking care of the ducks.