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“A true retreat in backwaters. [Truly Romantic]” 5 of 5 stars
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Backwater Retreat Theme House
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Aymanam, Near Pulikuttissery Bridge, (7km from Kottayam) | Kottayam, Kumarakom 686015, India   |  
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Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Kumarakom
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
“A true retreat in backwaters. [Truly Romantic]”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

It was during Onam 2013 we were backpacking in Kerala. I and my wife were there for visiting her relatives in Mavilikra. One of her cousin advised us to visit Kumarkoam and going through the hotel list we found this place. Mr Kurien [hotel owner] personally attended us and on one occasion due to unavailability of taxi he personally came to pick us up. Hotel is awesomely maintained, It has in total Six rooms with four on the top deck and two on the ground floor. Rooms are very clean, properly equipped with AC, attached bathroom and TV. All the rooms are backwater facing so view is almost same from everywhere. The food is like home cooked and hospitality is such it makes you feel comfortable. The charm of the place is because of the duo Mr Kurien and his son. Can't wait to get it there again. :)

Room Tip: Look for upper deck i somehow find it one of the most romantic places for back waters.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

A quiet location but a perfect resort for couple and family.Very courteous staff with excellent service. A perfect place to enjoy and unwind. It would have been better if internet connectivity was provided. Arrangements for pick up from rooms are perfect. Wishing success in future for back water retreat.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kurian K, Owner at Backwater Retreat Theme House, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear Guest, We thank you for sparing your valuable time and posting a review of our hotel on Trip Advisor. We do have WiFi system available. I am really sorry that you were inconvenienced and so unnecessarly too.
Sorry once again.
Kurian K
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This gentleman, Mr, Kurien, will never give you chance to feel not at home. I experienced his elder brotherly support in a soft spoken smooth voice since booking the resort over phone to even after coming back to my home at Bangalore. I took a big team of six members ranging an age group from 7 to 78, my younger son and my mother. I was a bit skeptic on language, food, cost, conveyance and top of that behavior from host. To my surprise I got an almost unmatched hospitality from Mr. Kurien, Mr Jacob and their ever smiling support staff. The night sitting on the corridor looking into the rains on backwater will alive to our minds long. The early morning a surround stroll was quite and calm. Even the houseboat experience (ambience, staff, food) is excellent. He made a trip plan for me even after my package is over and arranged a car for us from his network. Mr. Jyotish took us to Matsyafed Aqua Touriism at Vaikom(had a big Tiger Prawn lunch) and other beautiful places eagerly and once again very cordial. The fishing experiences at Vaikom and in the hotel/ houseboat are really exciting. My sons liked it very much. Before this trip everybody scared me on high cost on Kerala/Backwater/Houseboat trip, to be honest, it was very reasonable and you’ll get back the value of your money multiplied.

Room Tip: All four 1st floors room are better than ground floor one.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vellore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Peaceful place to enjoy the kerala backwater stay. The food served was excellent, specially fish curry and fish fry. Mr. Kurien, his son and supporting staff were very helpful to make our stay comfortable. On of the best hospitality we ever received in a tourist place. Rooms are well maintained. It was a memorable stay with my wife.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This place is very peaceful and near river bank. Nothing much to say about host Mr. Kurian and his son. They always try to give their best to make their guest happy. They have their own kitchen and food quality is quite good. Rooms are big and clean. We also enjoyed their house boat. We were welcomed with big tender coconut. Foods served on house boat was delicious and well cooked. It was a wonderful stay with Backwater Retreat Theme House.

It is not complain, just suggestion. Please check if boat house bed room windows are in proper condition before taking any guest on board. Night I was confused why AC is not functioning properly then I discovered that one of the windows did not have glasses. I did not notice before because of window curtains. Please take care of this.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Had been to Backwater Retreat with my folks last month. We had read good reviews about the place on TA and went on to check out their website. That was when I chanced upon Mr. Kurian’s number. Promptly called him up to check on availability and as luck would have it, got our rooms reserved :)

The morning of 15th Aug dawned bright and the family of 5 left for the village of Aymanam! Though we were constantly on maps to get to this place, we found it a tad difficult to reach there cos the destination was wrongly mapped! :( Did few rounds of calls and finally reached the place. Remember to keep asking for ‘Pulikuttyseri bridge’.

A quaint li'l place, we were instantly attracted to the simplicity of the ambiance there. The rooms were spic and span (was a huge relief, as the husband has major dust allergy!).
The A/c was a surprise (did not expect it for the price they charged)! :) and very helpful staff. The food there (Karimeen, to be precise!) needs a special mention. Yumm is the word! They had also arranged a nice 2 hr houseboat ride as well for us.

Loved the experience of Backwater Retreat! Do not expect a luxury resort/homestay. The place is quite basic, but it’s got an old world charm to it :) Value-for-money accommodation, awesome food and memorable hospitality are the three things that are sure to stay with you!

Thanks Mr. Kurian and team :)

Room Tip: The rooms upstairs!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kumarakom, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The rooms were over whelmed with nature's ecstasy.The hotel is surrounded with greenery, you can watch variety of birds.it is Eco friendly .it is at prevalent prices.
The calmness around the resort cools your mind.MD of the property Mr.Kurian is a loving personality.
The resort facilities give you an excellent value for money.
Only negative is that its is a bit away from Kumarakom,but the resort worth it.

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the river face.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Aymanam, Near Pulikuttissery Bridge, (7km from Kottayam) | Kottayam, Kumarakom 686015, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kumarakom
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kumarakom
#6 Family Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Backwater Retreat Theme House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Backwater Retreat is located in Aymanam (7kms from Kottayam Town) in Kumarakom (12kms to Kumarakom Boat House from Backwater Retreat) offers you the most complete facility as feel as a home. At Backwater Retreat, we believe in combining contemporary elegance and modern efficiency with our grace, warmth and care. Honeymoon couples and Families interested in enjoying the serenity of nature and its silence would surely love to stay at such a place during their vacation.Stay in kingly luxury, located in a peaceful atmosphere with lush greenery at the confluence of several rivers merging into the Kumarakom Lake. Enjoy this unmatched abode in a perfect eco-setting - a pleasant escape to the lap of nature. ... more   less 
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