Kumarakom Lake Resort

Summary

Located on the Malabar Coast, the southwestern state of Kerala has earned itself a reputation as one of India’s most beautiful. Tranquil backwaters and a wealth of exotic flora and fauna are perhaps the most famous of this region’s many highlights- both of which Kumarakom Lake Resort has in abundance. Situated on the banks of Lake Vembanad, this resort is a sanctuary that enables guests to fully immerse themselves in Kerala’s natural splendour. Kumarakom has won the World Travel Award for India’s Leading Resort no fewer than four times and those that experience its breathtaking setting, its excellent service and its extensive list of luxury amenities will soon see why.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the meandering waterways and lush, sculpted gardens of Kumarakom’s grounds
  • Sample the exquisite flavours of traditional Kerala cuisine at the Ettukettu Specialty Restaurant
  • Relax and recuperate at Kumarakom’s heritage Ayurvedic healing centre
  • Enjoy a complimentary sunset cruise on Lake Vembanad every evening

Location

Kerala, India

Best time to go

The best time to visit Kerala is from October to March, when the weather lacks the humidity of the summer months and is therefore at its most pleasant. The winter months follow in the wake of monsoon season, and many of Kerala’s famous temple festivals take place at this time.

Our thoughts

At Kumarakom, the pace of life is deliciously slow, the serenity of its surroundings providing the perfect atmosphere for absolute relaxation. Opportunities for romance exist at every turn, and as such, this is the perfect destination for honeymooning couples. The unadulterated luxury of a stay at Kumarakom, however, makes it an excellent choice for anyone hoping to visit Kerala.


  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Conference/ events room able to accommodate up to 180 people
  • Business centre
  • Wifi (at a fee)
  • Choice of restaurants
  • Ayurvedic healing centre and spa

Ettukettu

Evoking the regal architecture of Kerala’s past, Ettukettu is Kumarakom’s main restaurant. Here, sumptuous buffet spreads are served at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and guests may choose from a wide array of internationally inspired dishes. However, Ettukettu specialises in ethnic Kerala cuisine that showcases the region’s diverse culture.

Vembanad

Situated on the banks of Kumarakom’s placid backwaters, this beautiful dinner spot offers guests the chance to soak in the spectacular sunset scenery whilst sampling Kerala’s famous seafood dishes. With an impressive menu featuring every kind of seafood imaginable, this is a dining experience not to be forgotten.

Thattukada

This traditional teashop is truly a feast for the senses- from the delicious flavours of its freshly fried local snacks, to the tantalising aromas rising from its ever-boiling tea kettles. Thattukada is a wonderful place to simply relax, to socialise, and to soak in the resort’s rustic ambience.

Pool Pavilion

Set on the banks of the lake and close to the resort’s infinity pool, this exclusive pavilion offers the chance to enjoy an intimate dinner whilst revelling in the pleasures of mouth-watering food and impeccable service. With only a limited number of tables, the Pool Pavilion must be reserved in advance.

Each of the rooms, villas and suites at Kumarakom Lake Resort blend traditional Kerala architecture with exquisite interiors and the very latest modern amenities. Designed in the style of 16th century manas, or homesteads, villas and suites feature luxurious, open-roofed bathrooms set in their own private courtyard.

Luxury Pavilion Rooms

Nestled in the lush greenery of Kumarakom’s gardens, these spacious rooms are defined by their cosy atmosphere and heritage aesthetics. Each one features an ensuite bathroom and a Jacuzzi.

Meandering Pool Villas

Bordering the aquamarine edges of a 250 metre pool, these enchanting villas offer direct access to the water via private bathing coves and cosy sit-outs.

Heritage Villas With Private Pool

Exuding exclusivity, these luxuriously appointed villas come with a private courtyard, and a private plunge pool complete with Jacuzzi. These villas overlook Kumarakom’s serene canals and gardens.

Heritage Lake View Villas With Private Pool

These beautifully designed manas come with the private courtyard and plunge pool/ Jacuzzi offered by other Heritage Villas. In addition, they also offer gorgeous panoramic views of Lake Vembanad.

Presidential Suites

Offering the last word in secluded luxury, the Presidential Suites feature a private pool and courtyard, a personal view of the lake, and decadent interiors that bring the glory days of Kerala’s prosperous past vividly to life.

Houseboat

Perhaps the most unique way to stay at Kumarakom, these traditional houseboats offer guests the chance to fully immerse themselves in the timeless beauty of Lake Vembanad. The houseboats are intimate, luxurious, and incredibly romantic, and their rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner on a fixed menu basis.

 

Top Tip

The decision to stay on one of Kumarakom’s houseboats is one you won’t regret, both for the uniqueness of the experience, and for the romance of a night spent out on the lake.

  • Ayurvedic healing centre and spa
  • Backwater cruises
  • Sunset cruises
  • Watersports, including speedboat and banana boat rides
  • Visits to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Sightseeing trip to Kottayam
  • Cycling
  • Village walks
  • Billiards
  • Fishing
  • Traditional pottery and weaving
  • Evening cultural programmes

Children are welcome at Kumarakom Lake Resort, where those below the age of 12 can share a room with their parents free of charge (without an extra bed).


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