Ashex Tourism - wrote about Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Kumarakom Lake Resort - Ever closed your eyes.And wished for
wings, to take you away.To a land breathtakingly beautiful,
peacefully serene and wholesomely pristine? Well, dreams
have the uncanny ability of coming true. Especially when you
arrive at the Kumarakom Lake Resort. On the banks of lake
Vembanad, the emerald backwaters formed by the confluence of
Pampa and Meenachil Rivers rushing out to meet the sea like
damsels to their lover's arms. Promising you an experience
of a lifetime. A heritage resort straight out of a picture
postcard. A memorable holiday in the heart of Kerala's own
lake country, Kumarakom
You have a choice of 52 double-bedded centrally
air-conditioned traditional cottages doting the 10 acres of
greenery. Serving 250 guests per day. Each ethnic cottage
overlook silvery canals, punctuated with translucent
lotuses, slicing the front yard. Or the mesmerizing Vembanad
itself. Each cottage, painstakingly restored and relocated
from ‘Illums' (homesteads of yore), immerse you in the
splendor and grandeur of Kerala's magnificent history.
The Kumarakom Lake Resort is a delicate jewel box. You can
either pick Kettuvallam (rice-boat) cruises and water
sports. Ayurveda, meditation and Yoga to de-stress your body
and calm your mind. Scrumptious traditional cooking. Or go
ahead and enjoy all that and more.
Kumarakom Lake Resort - The Essence of Kerala
Come imbibe Kerala in its totality Stay in cute traditional
aristocratic cottages. Get mesmerised when Gods take centre
stage at the Ootupura. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the
landscape. Savour traditional delicacies. And get
rejuvenated by Ayurveda. Yes, Kumarakom Lake Resort is truly
and quintessentially Kerala
The first thing I'd like to do on arriving at Kumarakom?
Take a refreshing dip – of course. The chequered pool
bordering the lake looks inviting and lovely. As I laze in
the pool, I take in the vast expanse of the lake simmering
and the warm afternoon melts away into a buoyant mellow. The
wind rushes along to meet me like a long lost friend,
warping its arms around me lovingly. While swaying palms,
nod in agreement - as if enacting a secret prank.
Worshippers of the sun, here's the temple. The tropical sun
promises to give a healthy tan. The heat doesn't burn as the
wind, skimming the lake is cool and invigorating. And if
really gets too hot to handle, dive in. If the pool is not
challenging enough, try out the lake itself!
I pamper myself at the Jacuzzi enclosure. The best thing is
that from the pool I can enjoy the greatest shows on earth.
The sunrise and sunset on the backwaters, is an experience
like none other. Along with the side-shows which are equally
delightful – a starry night or a moonlit night.
Intermittently, I saunter along to the Ettukettu for a shot
or two of my favourite drink. Or a couple of beers. You
could also order fresh fermented coconut sap (Toddy), heady
and sweet, especially in the mornings
After a few laps, no one blames you if you're hungry enough
to eat, like they say in Malayalam, a whole elephant! Good
enough for me. They have a barbecue in waiting ready to dole
out succulent seafood in traditional Kerala style. And the
choicest Mutton Kebabs, Mughlai style. Yum Yum.
Place to Visit and watch
There are many wonderful things you can do at Kumarakom.
Wake up early in the morning for the grandest show on earth.
The sunrise. In the mornings, the lake is calm, misty and
sensuous. And the sun breaks with a smile and stretches its
arm across the river to wish you good morning. Take out a
ride in one of our boats and watch waterfowls come to
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
A trip to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary what you shouldn't miss.
The best time for this is between November and March, when a
range of migratory birds from Siberia make it their winter
home. Some of the species include the Snake bird, Little
Cormorant, Crow Pheasant, White-branded water Hen and Tree
pie. Occasionally you can catch the native kingfishers
setting the waters ablaze in a psychedelic flash of colours.
The night herons, the Golden-backed woodpeckers are added
delights.At the fourteen-acre bird sanctuary one can glimpse
many a rare bird – some of which, sadly, may not be around
Vallamkali, the famous Snake Boat Race are spectacles
enacted on the onset of the Onam season. The backwaters of
Alleppey come alive with the rivers becoming flush after the
rainy season. It becomes the venue to Kerala's major
attraction – the Nehru Throphy Snake Boat Race which take
place in August – September every year. Magnificently
decorated long boats – with raised sterns which resemble the
raised hood of cobras (hence the term, snake boat) rush
through the waters in a flash of oars and a roar. Oars
swinging to a fast-paced rhythm. And the snake boats shoot
across the emerald stretches. Enthusiastically powered by
over 150 singing and drum beating oarsmen. The spring season
is at its charming best. A spellbinding display of strength
and beauty. The backwaters will be teeming with exhilarated
spectators cheering (some of whom come from the farthest
corners of the world). Other major events are the Payipad,
Pulinkunnu and Aranmula races.
Your stay at the Kumarakom Lake Resort is sure to revitalise
your life. Not only will you be more relaxed, you can find
yourself more confident, more youthful. With the wonders of
Ayurveda, you can discover yourself. The Vedic science
activates the human body, body and the mind in unity. There
is something about Kerala that certainly revitalises you.
There is a certain green energy – the landscapes are cool to
the eyes. The sky is blue intermittently filled with fluffy
clouds. The blessed rains and the calm lakes, wash away your
tensions. The air is clean and scented with a million
flowers. And then there is the soothing ancient remedy of
Ayurveda, combined with Yoga and Meditation. The oil
massages are rejuvenates you. The aptly selected herbal
diets replenish you. And meditation recharges you. Yoga
regimens make your body supple and strong. Its time to
discover what more life has to give you. Apart from the
usual material successes. Come discover life anew in Kerala.
At Kumarakom. This is the time. This is the place. Come get
nourished in body, mind and soul.
Ayurveda, the knowledge of life (Ayu means life, Veda means
knowledge or science) traces its antiquity of over 5000
years. It is a holistic system of medicine that has imbibed
the essence and fragrance of Mother Nature. A tradition of
health care that cannot still be explained by the strict
logic and theories of modern medicine. And yet cures many
diseases incurable to modern medicine!
Dharma Ayurvedic Haven manages the Ayurvedic Centre at the
Kumarakom Lake Resort. The centre has qualified doctors and
DHARMA AYURVEDIC HAVEN was established in 1965 by a family
of renowned traditional physicians practising the Dravidian
style of Ayurveda for centuries through generations. Today,
Dharma is trusted as an exclusive centre where genuine
age-old traditions and treatments are still practised by
highly qualified and reputed physicians. Dharma has
frequently been in the news for creating remarkable results
in succession by curing patients from illnesses unresponsive
to modem medicines and treatments.
They are straight out of a fairy tale. Cute cottages
blending old-world charm with befitting modern amenities.
The intricately carved wooden walls and the roof within the
cottage are of hand polished wooden panels.
Each cottage has a private courtyard and a sunken bath set
in a small open-air garden. Just imagine bathing under a
moonlit sky or in the rain! And that too in complete
privacy. The traditional windows have sills where you can
comfortably sit and gaze out across the lotus canals slicing
the front yard. Standard Heritage Villas offers
scintillating view of the lotus canal.