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Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort
Ranked #9 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
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“Close to Nature”
Reviewed 4 February 2012

KTDC Waterscapes is located on the shores of Lake Vembanad located close to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. The location of the backwater resort is picturesque & close to nature. The resort is well laid out; a long road from the main entrance gate takes you to the reception area & then the long array of cottages which are spread across a huge piece of land covered by canal's, trees & backwater channels. All rooms are wooden cottages which are built on platforms & are independant which offers good privacy.

We had booked online hence check-in was very quick & within a matter of minutes we were at our cottage. The rooms are quite okay in size & pretty clean though the resort management should do more maintenance work. However, since the rates charged are quite reasonable you can live with it. The restaurant is okay with pretty decent food but with very limited choice. The resort does not have a bar and / or lounge etc, only a beer parlour which remains shut most of the time - Only beer is available here, so if you feel like havin a drink n 'relaxing' this is not the place for you. You can chose your own buffet plan of any 2 meals in a day.

Remember this is not a luxury resort; if a close to nature feel with decent facilities is all what you are looking for then this is the place for you. The hotel staff are friendly, overall the resort is nice though it could be much better with some maintenance.

Room Tip: Cottage No. 107 has the best view of Vembanad lake. Go for river view cottages instead of Canal view...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Entrance of KTDC, itself is good.... Long road... Green trees on both sides welcomes you. :)

We stayed here for one day. Ours was canal view room. As like other canal-view rooms, ours was not at any corner. But it was just behind lake view rooms, in the center.

Nice place... Different resort. Here greenery is natural. Not like well maintained lawns. We felt like we are in some real part of the nature.

Rooms are very spacious, clean bath rooms. No problem with A/C, phones or with TV.

Sun set view was amazing. It doesn't matters, which room you are in... Sit at edge of the lake, enjoy the beauty...
Your day will start with birds music.

In the evening , they had arranged Bharatha naatya performance.

Food:
They say its a buffet . But there is no much option. We felt it was okay okay. But not excellent . Actually it is slightly over priced. But for other good things, can compromise with this.


Things to do :
There is no much option do in KTDC. And we felt, we don't anything else. Just sit and relax. Enjoy the time.

Kumarakom is same as alappuzha. A back water place . You can go for boating on hourly bases or house boats are also available.

Bird sanctuary is situated next to KTDC. Its not a big one. As morning walk, we went there. Very few birds are there. Here trees are very tall and big. So, we were listening the birds chirping . But its tough to search the birds between that greenery. :)

Suggestions:
Here everything is there. Just need to maintain properly.

Actually lake water itself is pumped inside to make it more natural. But it is tough to maintain. Even though they have some motor to clean the water and pump inside. It stinks at some corner places. It needs continuous cleaning.

Visit once, enjoy the time

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

The architecture of Waterscapes is such that no matter where you are and no matter what you do, you are in a close encounter with Nature, made safe by KTDC. It was only after we left that we realised that while we were there, our worries were not with us. The cottages are comfortable, clean and well-equipped, including phones and TVs. The only improvement i could think of was to have cottages without phones and TV. Birds are aplenty, even if one only sits in the verandah. Nights were not as chilly as we expected them to be in late December: one can easily snooze in the comfortable verandah chairs.

The reception, restaurant, room service and pool staff were all efficient and helpful. Food was just about alright, with a little attention, it can be improved vastly and only then can Waterscapes hope to compete with Vythiri Resorts.

Room Tip: if you are keen on sunsets, choose the lake view. however, it does not really matter, as enchanting...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Accommodation here is in rustic cabins which are not all that comfortable. Very dark and pretty basic. The whole place has a damp feeling of mildew. The adjoining bird sanctuary is a bit of a joke as we saw more birds from the waterfront restaurant window than in the sanctuary. Food in the restaurant was just passable. Overall, I wouldn't recommend staying here. Look for something more comfortable.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

The Waterscapes Kumarakom Backwater resort is on the banks of Vembanad Lake. The Lake itself stretches till the banks of Alleppey and is connected to the backwaters in and around both Kumarakom and Alleppey. One can hire a boat and cruise along the backwaters for hours. Canal brings to the eyes and senses a fresh beauty. It is a very enjoyable and relaxing cruise. The property is inside the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

We stayed for two nights. The rooms in the Waterscapes resort are built on stilts and each spacious room with its sit out is comfortable and boasts of a grand view. However, stay in Superior Rooms with a view of the Lake. The other rooms have an isolated feel.

There nothing much you can do in Kumarakom, but nice place to relax.

The service is adequate and the staff friendly and courteous.

Room Tip: Stay with a view of the Lake.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort

Property: Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort
Address: Kumarakom North P O, Kumarakom, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kottayam District > Kumarakom
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Kumarakom
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,176 - ₹ 4,562
Hotel Class:3 star — Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterscapes - this exotic backwater resort, on the shores of Vembanad Lake is located inside the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which draws migratory birds from as far away as Siberia. The only resort in the destination located inside the bird sanctuary and is noted for its independent huts that stand on stilts and is a place teeming with mangrove vegetation. It offers its guests uninterrupted access to the backwater life of Kumarakom. It is also an interesting location for eco tourists who are interested in mangrove ecosystem, birds related ecosystem. The property is part of the original Kavanattinkara estate once owned by Alfred George Baker. It is also widely popular among the "honeymooners". ... more   less 
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