A boatman balances precariously on the rim of a house boat, his sun browned hands moving a bamboo pole rhythmically guiding the boat along the Vembanad Lake, where the Tiger Prawns, Crabs and Pearl Spotted Fish live silently. It is warm, the air is still, punctuated by the call of birds, the purr of a boat, and hymns sung at a distance. Tall coconut palms stand steady on the edges of the lake sheltering cocoa and coffea bushes.
Kumarakom is not for the restless. It is for those who have time to spare for love, pleasure and languor. It is less about seeing and more about experiencing a way of life. The delicate yet perfect order in nature leaves you relaxed and in a state of bliss. Adding a zing to this idyllic locale are local delicacies, culture and architecture, houseboats and holistic Ayurvedic treatments. There is also room to shake things up with some adventure.
Kumarakom that rose out of one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, Vembanad Lake, has come a long way from its humble beginning with a little help from the British missionary, Alfred George Baker, who cleared the area for rice cultivation, paddy fields and palms which soften the beauty of the landscape. A leisure holiday gem is what it is today.
Epicureans relish the sublime regional cuisine of fish, rice and toddy. Nature lovers lose themselves in the blissful and green countryside. Or delight in spotting native and migratory birds. Connoisseurs of art applaud a Kathakali performance. Action seekers ride the vast lake in speed boats and water-ski, hold their breath watching martial artists practice the lethal Kalaripayattu, and cheer on as snake boats race past. Health freaks savour the authentic Ayurvedic treatments that pamper and please. Determined shopaholics find little treasures in its markets.
For a backwater experience that everyone craves, a fisherman on his kettuvalam, the original houseboat made of jack wood planks without using a single nail, is ideal. Furnished tourist houseboats are for those with a yen for luxury as are the resorts all over this village.
To shake off the layer of idle that comes from too much of Kumarakom, day trips to Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls and Elaveezha Poonchira are perfect. Kottayam is a little distance away. For a shot of bustling city life, hit the road to Cochin. Those with a penchant for architecture and history can find some ancient and incredible sights around Kumarakom: aging mosques, temples, churches and even a heritage home.
The simple, rustic life woven with comfort and luxury in Kumarakom makes for an unforgettable experience.
Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake., the resort is Just 72 kilometers away from the International Airport at Kochi.
The Kumarakom Lake Resort is nestled on the banks of Vembanad in more than 25 acres of lush greenery. Stroll through its verdant landscape and you will be transported to an era gone by, where the mystique of the past and the richness of the timeless heritage lives on to this day.
The villas and suites at the Resort are a perfect blend of Kerala’s traditional architectural charm and luxurious, modern amenities. The Presidential Suite, each in its own royal seclusion, is the final word in luxury and the ultimate in self-indulgence, with its very own view of the lake and a private pool. There are over 50 Villas, carefully reassembled using Tachu Shastra, the ancient rules and rites of carpentry.
Ettukettu, the multi-cuisine, 115-seat speciality restaurant is set in the midst of the resort and has a well-appointed bar that suits all tastes. It offers a wide and varied choice of Continental, Chinese, Mughlai, North Indian and traditional Kerala culinary delicacies. A seafood bar unlike any other, the Vembanad is set by the banks of the placid backwaters while the traditional teashop, Thattukada, is an inviting place to soak in the ambience recreated in its original, rustic splendour.
Conferences & Banquets
The resort provides comprehensive personal and business services with its AC and non AC conference halls. With a capacity to seat 85 persons, they are well furnished with state-of-art communication systems and presentation facilities. The hotel also has a well equipped Business Centre and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Recreational facilities and activities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, children’s corner, indoor games, backwater cruise, sunset cruise, cycling, bird sanctuary visits, village walks, sightseeing tours and water sports including water skiing, speedboat and banana boat rides.