Tradition meets modernity at the Kumarakom Lake Resort which stands majestically on the banks of the Vembanadu Lake on the border of Kottayam and Alappuzha districts.. The cottages built in the traditional architectural style of Kerala perfectly blends with the mesmerising nature around. The lush green field, small rivulets around it, the soothing wind that comes from the lake and the chirping birds fittingly complements the rows of beautiful luxury villas in the resort.
The guests would be treated to sweet tender coconut water as a welcome drink before they are checked into the villas. Vintage and antique décor items like the traditional hanging lamp, bronze vessels, and a hanging bed, and the small courtyard at the reception area attract the attention of the guests.
The Kumarakom Lake Resort offers an amazing opportunity to experience the traditional architectural styles, culture and cuisine of Kerala in the most authentic and luxurious way. Small bridges across the man-made rivulets add to the rustic charm of the entire area. Kumarakom is a beautiful hamlet of small rivulets and unending greenery, and this is perfectly reflected in the landscaping done in the resort premises.
The Ettukettu multi-cuisine restaurant which has two interior courtyards built in the traditional style is one of the significant features of the luxury resort. “This ettukettu was commissioned by King Marthanda Varma as a gift to Edamana Kelamthattu Gurukkal, his martial arts tutor. This building is more than 200 years old. It took almost four years to dismantle it from the original site and relocate here. More than 100 traditional tharavadu (households) have been relocated from different parts of Kerala. The most significant one among them is the ‘Ayurmana’, a naalukettu (traditional household with one central interior courtyard), which is also more than 200 years old. This was the household of the traditional Ayurveda practitioners at Kottayam. The guests can undergo exotic Ayurvedic treatment at the ‘ayurmana’ here. The Kumarakom Lake Resort stands on a 25-acre sprawl,” says Asha Abraham, the PRO of the resort.
Besides the ‘Ettukettu’ restaurant, there is a speciality Vembanadu Seafood Bar. The menu here boasts a wide range of seafood varieties including the authentic cuisine of Kerala. The villas are designed in such a way that it offers ample privacy and all the modern amenities. There are only two presidential suits and they have a private pool and a courtyard. Honeymooners usually opt for the presidential suit to enjoy the most romantic moments in their lives. The chic interiors of the villas and cottages are adorned with exquisite mural paintings which depict scenes from the Mahabharatha and the Bhagavad Gita.
The splendid panoramic view of the Vembanad Lake can be enjoyed from seven heritage lake-view villas with private pools. These cottages built in the traditional architectural style also have Jacuzzi and beautiful courtyards in front of them. Another 15 heritage villas and luxury pavilions also offer an incredible experience for the guests at the Kumarakom Lake Resort.
The meandering pool
The 250-m-long meandering pool is an eye-catching feature of the resort. There are 22 luxury villas on both sides of the meandering pool. This public pool, however, can only be used by the guests staying at these 22 cottages. The view of the Vembanad Lake from the bridge across the pool is breath-taking. Marble steps from the villas lead to the pool. This space is particularly loved by families who prefer to enjoy a gala time together in the pool. There are four villas which come under the meandering pool duplex category. The guests staying at these duplex villas too can get into the meandering pool from their doorsteps.
The evenings at the Kumarakom Lake Resort become lively in front of the ‘thattukada’ (local tea shop) where the guests gather for the evening tea and local snacks. The beautiful sunset against the backdrop of the serene lake can be enjoyed from here by sipping a cup of hot tea. There is a multi-gym and play areas as well for the guests. The resort also promotes activity-based tourism where the guests can experience the traditional arts like weaving on hand-looms and pottery making. A houseboat cruise through the lake with the accompaniment of live guitar or flute performance too is a highlight.