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About Kumarakom Lake Resort
You’d be lying if you said that you don’t want your important life events to be unique! Especially when it comes to birthdays and anniversaries. For our 1st wedding anniversary, we spent two magical days in the gorgeous Alila Diwa resort in Goa, and so for our 2nd wedding anniversary in 2019, we wanted to do something similar yet more exotic. And that’s when we decide to visit the Kumarakom Lake Resort.
The Kumarakom Lake Resort is a lakeside resort in Kumarakom’s beautiful lake area. This resort provides its guests with an awe-inspiring scene of the calm, amazing Vembanad backwaters and can be tagged as one of the holiday spots in India.
Kumarakom Lake Resort represents a modern version of 16th-century traditional homesteads or Manas. Each careful renovation of the Manas has been transplanted in their original locations and reassembled painstakingly by hand, plank by plank, tile by tile, to create the most luxurious abodes at Kumarakom Lake Resort. The traditionally styled modern, open-roofed bathrooms set in small designed courtyards are a common feature to the villas and suites.
All of the materials used are recycled items, thus creating an eco-friendly environment. A selection of accommodation in Kumarakom Lake Resorts is available, and the room types are Presidential Suites, Heritage Lake View Villas with Private Pool, Heritage villas with private Pools, Meandering pool villas, Luxury Pavilion Rooms, and luxury Houseboats.
We had been put up in the gorgeous Meandering Pool Villa, which had its sit-out right next to the pool! The stunning traditional buildings with a curvy turquoise water-filled pool was a picturesque setting and something we couldn’t get over for a long time!
The meandering pool is an eye-catching feature of the resort. There are 22 luxurious villas on either side of the pool. This public pool, however, can only be enjoyed by the guests staying in these rooms. Step into the pool right from your balcony and enjoy a relaxing swim, admiring the beautiful clear skies or clouds over, as you wade through admiring the gorgeous architecture of the Meandering Pool villas.
Food & Beverages
The evenings at the Kumarakom Lake Resort become lively at the ‘thattukada’ (local tea shop), where the guests gather for evening tea and local snacks. You can take your freshly brewed cup of tea, sit on the benches in the garden, and enjoy the views of a scenic sun setting on the golden waters of the lake. Else you can take a stroll through the green areas, clicking pictures or admiring the views around the resort. If it’s too hot for tea, then you can walk over to the next counter, which has a bunch of tender coconuts for you to relish.
In Ettukettu, the resort’s grand restaurant, you will get a gourmet kitchen breakfast with platters of fresh fruit along with made-to-order alternatives to suit all tastes. Lunch and dinner is served at Vembanad, a lakeside sea-food bar or Ettukettu.
A broad mix of cuisines means there is no chance of being bored by repetitive meals at Ettukettu, although local specialties like the fragrant karimeen pollichathu (fish marinated in spicy spices and baked in a banana leaf) are so delectable you might well find yourself ordering it daily.
Activities in the resort
Kumarakom Lake Resort is a complete destination in itself, and because there are numerous activities to take part in, you will hardly have the urge to step out.
Pottery, Weaving, Swimming, Boating, Houseboat meals, Cycling, Village Walks, Bird Sanctuary Visits, Sightseeing Trip to Kottayam are some of the activities that can be experienced around the resort. Guests can enjoy night shows of Kerala’s traditional dances, music, and drama, enjoy a game of billiards, try a hand at fishing, and so much more!
5 Best things to do in Kumarakom
House Boat Rides
Residing at a houseboat and sailing during the quaint and charming backwaters is among the best steps to take in Kumarakom. The jaw-dropping background, lush green plantations across the banks, along with gorgeous Vembanad Lake (shaped by convergence of all 10 Malabar Rivers) attracts lots of visitors to rent a houseboat and harbour within it.
The houseboats are endowed with all essential and lavish amenities and operate by professional services whose expertise lie in supplying the utmost delight while exploring the in-depth exquisite Malabar prettiness.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a little part of paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, this area is a habitat of lots of common in addition to endangered species of both home and migratory birds. These include Siberian Cranes, Parrots, Herons, Owls, Egrets, Darters, and Waterfowls. Researching the sprawling 14 acres at a kayak is unquestionably among the most interesting things to do in Kumarakom.
Kumarakom is currently home to some of the greatest lakes and beaches and what can be better compared to fishing once you are near the seas. Among the famed locations to go for fishing is the Vembanad lake, that’s the largest in Kerala and greatest in India. It’s quite a popular activity to try out when you are in Kumarakom.
Snake Boat Races
In case you just happen to be in Kumarakom between August and September, it is host to the world-renowned boat races, like the Nehru Trophy snake boat race, Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, Aranmula Uthrattadi Vallamkali, along with Payippad Jalolsavam.
The thrilling boat races alter the calmness of backwaters and also produce the ambiance fiery and sizzling during this fun-filled competition. Seeing this super cool boat competition is one of the most fun things to do in Kumarakom.
Watch a Kathakali Performance
Kathakali, the most traditional dance form of Kerala, is an essential portion of the culture and is practiced across the state. The bold dance type, its lively mudras, diverse facial expressions, and the charismatic rhythms create an ambience that is magical and legendary.
Viewing and appreciating the beauty of these dance performances is among those mesmerizing things to do in Kumarakom. Some of the hotels arrange for demonstrations of Kalaripayattu — a traditional martial art form of Kerala, played by local artists.
Best time to visit Kumarakom
Kumarakom, the southern city of Kerala has optimum temperatures throughout the year, which means visiting Kumarakom during any time of the year, could work for travellers. But, the best time to visit Kumarakom is believed to be from the months of October to March which includes the winter for this town.
Summers and monsoon, even though a tad difficult due to the temptations of the landscape, are equally attractive in Kumarakom, especially for budget travellers.
How to reach Kumarakom
Cochin International Airport, located 85 km from Kumarakom, is the closest airport that is well linked to the other towns of the country as well as the world.
Kottayam Railway Station, situated 16 kilometres from Kumarakom, is the closest railway station.
There are frequent buses of KSRTC (Kerala State Run Transport Corporation) plying between Kumarakom and Kottayam. Located 16 kilometres from Kumarakom, Kottayam is well connected to the cities of South India through bus.
State-run ships and personal ferries across the Vembanad Lake are available from Muhamma, a little town situated near Alleppey.