The 10 Best Lake Resorts in Kumarakom
Planning for a vacation in a lake resort, then check out these best resorts in Kumarakom. Kumarakom Lake resorts are mostly built along the banks of Vembanad lake and have direct access. Staying in rooms overlooking the lake it itself a pleasure. Most of the resorts here have five star rating in Tripadvisor.
They feature some of the best amenities found in luxury resorts of famous tourist destinations like the Bahamas, Fiji, Bali or France. The Oberoi operates a houseboat in Vembanad Lake which is the longest lake in India which flows 195 kilometres through four districts in Kerala. We have picked list of best resorts in kumarakom READ THIS LIST ONE BY ONE FROM NUMBER 10
Kumarakom Lake Resort
Kumarakom Lake Resort offers the best of experience in God’s own country. KLR is often rated as the best resort in India and the resort has won numerous awards and accolades. Set in 25 acres on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the resort has 59 ethnic rooms and villas which are crafted to perfection reflecting hundreds of years of Kerala architecture. Two of the most important structures, the Ayurveda centre and multi-cuisine restaurant are original structures built centuries ago by the finest master architects of the time. These structures were transported in their entirety and parts and put back by experts in the new site.
Some of the facilities which are rarely found in Indian resorts include the 250 meandering pool, the Presidential suites with the charm of old world including a private courtyard and private pool and world class Ayurveda treatments performed by the best in the field. Prince Charles celebrated his 65th birthday in the resort along with Camilla Parker Bowles in November 2013. Having said all this about the resort, it rate starts at INR 75000 upwards for 3nights package for the luxury pavilion room.
The Zuri Kumarakom
With unparalleled modern amenities complemented with best natural setting, this resort lets visitors soak themselves in ultimate luxury. From dawn to dusk, Zuri is filled with activities ranging from enjoying a coffee by the lakeside lawn to watching the sunset from your balcony. Talk a walk or just forget yourself merging with nature, Zuri provides the best of amenities and ambience. From the lonely traveller to family guests, the resort makes sure everyone has maximum pleasure during the course of the stay. You can also spot a lot of statues around the resort aimed at expressing the sense of the places.
The spacious resort in Kumarakom spread over 18 acres with most maximum exposure to the Vembanad Lake. The infinity swimming pool located along the Lake shore provides an amazing view that you’ll never like to come out of it. The spa is located in a open space with a Jacuzzi. The ayurvedic therapies and massages performed by experts offer a chance of relaxation and rejuvenation of a lifetime. The ball room with a large wooden ceiling and walls decorated with paintings offer a grand view suitable for meetings, parties, conferences and events. In fact, Zuri is a famous spot in Kumarakom for weddings and the wedding package includes catering, ceremonies, decorations and honeymoon too.
The Zuri has a poolside restaurant with an amazing view of the lake perfect for dinners. The bar serves a variety of mock tails, cocktails, beers and foreign liquor.
Whispering Palms Lake resort
Not too far from Kumarakom Lake Resort is Whispering Palms, a luxury resort with five star amenities. Even the Lake Suite costs Rs. 10000 which is much cheaper than most high end resorts in Kumarakom. The resort is run by ABAD hotels and Resorts group. So, if you are looking for a deal on Kerala package, then you can club your stay in ABAD resorts in Munnar, Cochin and Thekkady.
There are two swimming pools and the Bamboo villas have private plunge pool. The ABAD group runs a number of speciality restaurants in Kerala and their in-house restaurant reflects their experience in every dish. With fresh ingredients and organic vegetables, dishes are aimed at satisfying every customer.
Vivanta by Taj
Vivanta is built around a colonial bungalow with many small cottages giving itself a look of a heritage resort. Guests must be aware that Vivanta maintains every standards of the Taj group, but still you will be surprised by the ambience and kids and family members might be disappointed sometimes due to the lack of modern outlook.
Vivanta offers a variety of options for accommodation ranging from deluxe rooms to villas with private pool. The lawns that fall by the lake are an excellent place for bird watching. The rooms have LED televisions, telephones and housing keeping service is available anytime on call. It has multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, fitness centre, swimming pool and spa. For honeymoon couples (available to all guests), private dining is available on request.
Coconut Lagoon is a 100% heritage resort. The 33 acre lake side resort is a marvellous site and a feast for all your senses. The construction was done using eco-friendly materials like wood, rock and even the brass latches of doors the doors tell the tales of Kerala and its culture. Yet, the amenities match any modern resorts including the private swimming pool in Villas.
Food is prepared and crafted with traditional methods without the use of excess oil or any preservatives based sauces or frozen food. The bearers wear dhotis and provide individual attention to every guest’s needs and wants. Cultural shows include Kalari and musical performances. Some packages offer house boat stays, but even otherwise you can opt for a house boat stay anytime you wish.
Aveda has the best infinity pool in Kumarakom. What’s more enchanting is that most rooms either offer Lake View or the pool view. So in simple terms, you will see water wherever you are making your stay as good as staying in a tiny island. The coconut trees in the middle of the pool are an amazing idea. In the evenings musical performances on the pool side definitely makes you wonder “am I in heaven”.
A budget resort on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Cocobay offers rooms starting at Rs. 3000. However, the interiors are very simple and nothing is new. Tripadvisor reviews feature a lot of complaints about the maintenance and service. One of the Google reviews also complains about some misguidance on rooms offered. Amenities include a swimming pool, restaurant, ayurvedic spa and yoga centre.
Operated by the Eastend Hotels & Resorts group, Lakesong wins in terms of service and maintenance. The small canal boats ride is an experience you would cherish for a lifetime. There is a hanging bridge which provides a amazing view of the lake (a good place to shoot pictures). A lot of activities are arranged on request with professional guides. Houseboats cruises, farm visits, village walk, rubber plantation tours, Kathakali shows and temple festivals which feature an assembly of decorated elephants are activities you must not miss in Kumarakom.
Illikalam Kumarakom Lakeside Cottages
For the budget traveller, Illikalam is a perfect choice as it offers the best in terms of location, amenities and tariff. Room rates start from Rs.1700. The small in-house restaurant serves great food. The Lakeview cottages with sit outs and lawns are good for families and kids. You can host small events in the evenings in the lawns overlooking the lake. Activities include indoor games like carom board, Chess, table tennis and a shuttle court. Fishing rods are available on request. There are few hammocks as well.
Backwater Ripples is the only resort in Kumarakom with five star amenities but still affordable for the budget traveller. Cottage rates start at Rs.7500 while duplex cottages cost Rs.22500. Vedasparsh Ayurveda centre is one of the best Ayurvedic spa in Kumarakom. The Center Court Banquet Hall, with a capacity of 1000 pax., is the largest in Kumarakom ideal for hosting weddings and events.
Backwater Ripples has plenty of water sports like water scooters, speed boats and fishing. It has a large kid’s play area, a complete health club with latest equipments, indoor games and cycling.