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Kumarakom Lake Resort  Price Band:   201-300 per room / villa per night
Kumarakom Lake Resort
Child Friendly
Groups Welcomed
Restaurant
Bird Watching
Spa/Beauty
Billiards
Gymnasium
Boat Trips
Airport Transfer
Meeting Rooms
Vegetarian Options
Bar
Dining
 

Approach by road from Cochin and you arrive at this delightful landscaped and restored Keralan village. The island of Kumarakom, known also as a bird sanctuary, is typical of the Backwaters. Once a village, on land bought by a British Missionary in 1878, it has been restored to include the Nallukettu (four sided mansion) as the centre for Ayurveda therapies and the impressive Ettukettu (8 sided mansion with enclosed courtyards) as the main restaurant.

This 300 year old building was a gift from the Maharaja of Travancore to a martial arts teacher. The 50 cottages dotted around the site have been re-assembled from various corners of Kerala and contain their original murals, carvings and brass etchings – along with air conditioning and modern facilities.

Narrow, winding paths, a meandering 250m swimming pool dividing the bungalows, and the absence of any building as high as a coconut palm creates a spacious, tranquil ambiance. The main swimming pool lies beside the lake shore where you can relax on a sun bed, watch the fishermen and rice boats (like giant floating armadillos) drift by and know there is a willing waiter or pool attendant nearby.

 The staff in general have a smile and a ‘can do’ attitude and the chefs are happy to accommodate special requests – though be watchful of the translation. We requested a surprise birthday fruit cake, which duly arrived at the appointed time – a sponge cake, filled with chopped tropical fruits! Delicious, but certainly a surprise.

Highs Lows
  • Peaceful, leisurely ambiance. 
     
  • Willing attentive staff. 
     
  • Well stocked shop with reasonable pricing. 
     
  • Spacious rooms with very comfortable beds. 
     
  • Easy access to boats of all sizes to explore the Backwaters to view everyday village life and the wonderful bird life.
  • Main pool area rather small for 52 rooms, and only about 20 sun beds. 
     
  • Poolside villas a little hazardous for young/non swimming children. 
     
  • No spa – only traditional Ayurveda massages and therapies. 
     
  • No bar area for pre or post dinner drinks.
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