We spent 3 nights in this resort in a villa with a private plunge pool. It was beautiful and vibrant with plenty of light and air and was decorated very tastefully. Our villa was so amazing, I could have spent every waking minute in there. But the rest of the property is equally amazing, with a lagoon running through it, plenty of birds and the Vembanad lake in its backyard. This resort makes for a most pictureseque and relaxing getaway. The food is average and the staff at the main restaurant are a bit snooty and off-handish, but they did give us a few free desserts and the rest of the resort more than makes up for the waiters!
There are many activities on the resort - paddling in the lagoon, angling, pottery, cultural shows in the evening, free evening snacks and games (if you're into that sort of thing) and a sunset cruise and an optional backwater cruise or speedboat ride. I would suggest doing the speedboat ride for the rush it gives, and it also takes you into a village area to see some of the local life. There are also rabbits, ducks and a turkey to keep children entertained.
The resort is located just next to the bird sanctuary. While this means that many exotic birds make their way to the resort, it also means you had better watch where you sit, because there are bird droppings everywhere. A chair is clean one minute, and has a big splatter of something or other the next minute. But this cannot be helped by anyone and the staff are always helpful with cleaning things up.
This is an amazing resort in an amazing location - a place to go back to time and again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kumarakom is a popular tourist destination in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kerala, is a 30-minute drive from the Kottayam railway station or an hour's drive from Cochin city. Kerala's backwaters surround the 140-year old colonial bungalow which houses this resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom Hotel Kumarakom
- Taj Garden Retreat Hotel Kumarakom
- Kumarakom Taj Garden Retreat
- Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom Kerala