It may have been the Booker-prize winning book, “The God of Small Things” (Arundhati Roy), that put the backwater village of Kumarakom on the map of every traveller, but it was the storybook-like landscape with palm-lined beaches and sparkling emerald water and the lush green tea plantations that kept them coming back.
Even today, Kumarakom tour packages are quite popular, as this small Kerala village is a prominent addition in a number of travel bucket lists all over the world. With so many options available for exploring this southern gem, you won’t have much trouble finding the perfect itinerary for exploring Kumarakom. Plus, with the option to customise your tour package, you can choose from among the best resorts in Kumarakom to ensure a perfect trip!
To help you out, here’s a list of some of the best resorts in Kumarakom that you can consider:
1. The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort and Spa
Serene backwaters, fresh sea breeze, and the swaying leaves of palm trees welcome you to the Zuri Kumarakom resort that sits amidst verdant landscapes on the shore of the Vembanad Lake. This five-star resort offers varied experiences, where guests can indulge in the colourful culture of the region, try some mouth-watering native cuisines, or experience the richness of the area’s flora and fauna, all the time being surrounded by the opulence and luxury of the resort.
With plush interiors and impeccable service, Zuri Kumarakom also has the finest restaurants and world-class amenities, including a luxurious spa that offers a range of treatments that are perfect to get rid of all the vestiges of a long day of sightseeing.
This is also one of the resorts in Kumarakom that come with a private pool attached to their independent villa options.
2. Abad Whispering Palms
Speaking of Kumarakom resorts with a private pool option, the Bamboo Pool Villas of Abad Whispering Palms deserve a mention. Abad Whispering Palms is also located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake and offer the perfect backdrop for a relaxing vacation where you can forget all about the stress and anxieties of everyday life. With beautiful natural environs, the resort also has a private lake, infinity pool, and amazing views of the backwaters.
One of the best lake resorts in Kumarakom, Abad Whispering Palms also owns 1-3-bedroom houseboats that guests can book on request for night stays and day cruises. Other amenities include the Revival Ayurvedic Spa, Granary – multicuisine restaurant, indoor games area, children’s play area, and a banquet hall.
3. Coconut Lagoon – A CGH Earth Experience
Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom is a testament to the fact that the resort you book can be much more than simple accommodation. Located, again, on the banks of Vembanad Lake, this resort offers a complete experience instead of a stay. Even the cottages at the resort are nothing less than works of art, having been built from the remnants of old Kerala mansions (tharavads). The old family homes of the land’s nobility were brought to Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, in sections and reassembled by skilled craftsmen to offer guests a chance to experience life in these mansions of yore.
Getting to the resort too is a novel experience as the only way to reach Coconut Lagoon is over water, via boats that take you across the gentle swells of the lake towards a nurturing, relaxed, yet exciting vacation!
Keeping with a time-honoured tradition, the resort also has a pristine sacred grove dedicated to nature. One of the best resorts in Kumarakom, Coconut Lagoon also has a lakeside pool, Ayurveda centre, souvenir shop, nature club, bird watching, canoe rides, butterfly garden, and much more.
4. Taj Kumarakom Resort and Spa, Kerala
In 1881, this Kumarakom resort by Taj Hotels was the family estate of the Bakers, who are said to be the founders of modern Kumarakom. The architecture of the resort retains the original colonial character in the design, styling, artefacts, décor, and attire, as a homage to the origins of the property. At the Taj Kumarakom Resort and Spa, Kerala, the original bungalow welcomes guests to the historical premises, sitting beside a beautiful lagoon, as other facilities are spread amidst a 15-acre landscape that is dotted with water bodies and century-old trees.
This Kumarakom resort by Taj Hotels only has 28 exclusive villas and cottages for guests, which further helps ensure complete calm and peace during your stay and enhances the opulence and understated luxury for guests. Other facilities at the resort include the luxurious Jiva Spa, fitness centre, zip line, kayaking, cycle tours of the village, bamboo rafting, houseboat cruises and stays, and dining options that include a multi-cuisine bistro, lounge, and a seafood restaurant where you can enjoy the fresh catch of the day.
5. Paradise Resort Kumarakom
An ideal destination for all who seek peace and tranquillity during their trip to Kumarakom, Paradise Resort has been crafted to offer fine luxury with impeccable designs, distinctive amenities, spacious layouts, and fine accents. Located near Kumarakom Lake, this lakefront retreat has a spa, outdoor pool, restaurant, and standalone wood bungalows that offer mesmerising views of the lake.
Wake up to the sounds of chirping birds and enjoy a beautiful sunrise over distant woods at one of the best resorts in Kumarakom. Afterwards, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the sunset over the western seas as the dying light of the day bathes the lake’s waters in crimson hues.
Other facilities at the resort include Ayurvedic spa treatments, lakeside garden and coffee shop, boating, kids’ play area, activity centre, outdoor sports facilities, and much more.
6. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala
One of the most popular resorts in Kumarakom for wedding parties and rituals, the Kumarakom Lake Resort is irrefutably one of the best places in the village for experiencing opulence. Apart from an infinity pool, the resort also has a 250m long meandering swimming pool, which has duplex villas on both sides, with private sit-outs and private bathing coves. Other accommodation options include Heritage Villas, designed in the traditional Kerala homestead style, with private courtyards and plunge pools, traditionally styled pavilion rooms, indulgent presidential suites, and luxurious houseboats.
Of the resorts in Kumarakom, the Kumarakom Lake Resort was the one that was chosen by Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to celebrate the prince’s 65th birthday after a day of exploring the sights of Kochi.
Other facilities at the resort include a number of in-house dining options, Ayurmana – the Ayurved Spa, concierge services, cultural shows in the evenings, pottery and weaving sessions, water sports like speedboat and banana boat rides, sunset and backwater cruises, and much more.
7. Lakesong Resort Kumarakom
This Kumarakom backwater resort features traditional architecture and décor, with cottages with gabbled and tiled roofs and Malabar-style villas and is a haven for all nature lovers. Settled amidst the backwaters, spread across a vast landscaped land, with a number of water bodies, Lakesong resort offers numerous opportunities to indulge in the myriad hues of nature. The finely appointed interiors and urban luxuries of the resort are complemented by world-class amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for all guests.
Like most resorts in Kumarakom, here too you will be able to access spa treatments. Lakesong Ayurkshethra, the Temple of Life, is a spa at the resort that works with the concept of Ayurveda and Yoga to offer treatments that rejuvenate and invigorate the body. Other facilities include specialised restaurants, pool and Jacuzzi, coffee shop, curio shop, gym, indoor sports courts, swing bridge, and its own network of canals, among others.
8. Aveda Kumarakom
An amazing beach resort in Kumarakom, Aveda Kumarakom offers accommodation in tasteful villas at the side of an infinity pool or overlooking the picturesque waters of the Vembanad Lake. Guests also have the option to book villas with private plunge pools and open showers at this luxury boutique resort. Designed to rejuvenate the soul, body, and mind, the resort offers guests complete solitude and immense natural beauty that creates rustic, timeless environs for a memorable vacation.
9. Suvasam Kumarakom Gateway Resort, Thanneer – KTDC
One of the best budget resorts in Kumarakom, Suvasam Gateway is managed by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation and is the perfect getaway for people who want to experience the calm rural life, away from the hustle and bustle of cities, and are travelling on a budget. Thanneermukkom is the name of the barrier that was constructed at this location. The barrier prevents tidal action and does not let saltwater get into the Kuttanad lowlands across the Vembanad Lake and ensures that the water in this part of the lake is cleaner than anywhere else.
Offering easy access to all the popular places to visit in Kumarakom, the resort also has suites and offers free parking, an in-house restaurant, activities for children, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
10. Waterscapes Resort Kumarakom
Like most top resorts in Kumarakom, the Waterscapes Resort is also located on the shores of Lake Vembanad. Teeming with mangrove vegetation and offering uninterrupted access to life at the backwaters, Waterscapes is the only resort that is located in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary itself. Visitors can make their bookings and stay in independent huts on stilts at this resort. It is also a good accommodation option for eco-tourists who wish to get a closer look at the mangrove and bird-related ecosystems.
Facilities at the resort include an Ayurvedic centre, restaurant, swimming pool, beer parlour, boating, and much more.
Based on your budget and on the kind of trip you are looking for, you can choose the best resort in Kumarakom for your stay and enjoy a memorable vacation that leaves nothing wanting!
These are the resorts that you must try when in Kumarakom. We are sure there are many other resorts here that are worth visiting and if you know them, do drop them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear about them, and we’ll try to cover them in our next blog. Till then, stay tuned for more such write-ups from us.