Where to Stay in Kumarakom, Kerala: Kumarakom Lake Resort Review
Last 2014, I was chosen as one of the participants of the Kerala Tourism Department’s Come to Kerala promotional contest. I, along with the other lucky participants, flew to India, and spent some time exploring the beautiful land of Kerala which is also promoted as God’s Own Country.
Floating Bar at Kumarakom Lake Resort
We spent our first days in Kovalam and stayed at Turtle on the Beach Hotel, and after that, we headed northwest for Alappuzha. Alappuzha was roughly five hours from Kovalam, so I slept the entire time.
View from my Veranda
I woke up by the time we reached Alappuzha, and immediately rode a houseboat—which I would rather call a hotelboat with its luxury if I could—to Kottayam. We cruised the backwaters for about another 3 hours, but the view was so rewarding that I stayed awake.
Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kottayam, Kerala, holds the title of being one of finest luxury hotels in the whole of India (not just in Kerala), and is located on the banks of Lake Vembanad. The resort is famous for its unique architecture and amenities, and is visited year-round by both foreign and local tourists.
Swimming Pool at the back of the Villas
The buildings in the resort were all beautifully constructed with genuine historical Kerala artifact, and so it captures the essence of Indian culture, but without compromising the quality of one’s stay. The ambience was really relaxing, and the crew, the pools, the facilities, and the food, are all nothing short of perfection. Just be ready to capture the sunset, and be sure to come to the restaurant early for dinner to watch the cultural shows they offer.
Presidential Suite Pool
We proceeded to our respective rooms after a short briefing, and I was so happy with my room that I ended up staying in it instead of joining the sunset cruise with the others. My room was spacious, and my veranda allowed me to see the beauty of the entire property. My bed was comfortable and huge, but the best part was that my bathroom had its own Jacuzzi, and a rain shower.
Room with a beautiful view of the backwaters
After relaxing in my bathroom’s Jacuzzi, I proceeded to the restaurant for dinner. The buffet area was huge, and it offered both Indian and international cuisine. It had a bread section, a salad station, a cheese bar, a soup station, a main dish area, and a dessert area.
My Bed at Kumarakom Lake Resort
Although it was a buffet (and food is supposed to be self-served), I’m quite impressed that the waiters walked an extra mile and offered help even to those who chose to eat in the buffet. The crew was very helpful, and I did not for once felt a single tang of inconvenience. Everyone was well-served.
In the dining area was also a stage where a performer showcased the Ottamthullal Kerala performance art, and since I was seated in front, I had a front-row view of the whole act—completing my appreciation of Kerala in Kumarakom Lake Resort (check rates).