I visited Club Mahindra, Ashtamudi Lake Resort, which is 15 km from Kollam Railway Station and stayed there for four nights. The Resort is bang on Kerala’s second largest lake – Ashtamudi Lake. The coconut trees on opposite side of the lake looks so small as that of match sticks. As the water is greenish & clean, no iota of smell is there. It is an interesting property of Club Mahindra providing floating cottages. We must appreciate that providing all the requisite essential services in the floating cottages from the base of the resort might be a challenging and arduous task, involving technical issues. It is unique experience to stay in a floating cottage and enjoying cup of tea in balcony of the floating cottage, gazing the vast neat & clean lake before us. We were group of two couples. And there was complete privacy for both the couples, with independent approach to washroom and the entry door within the floating cottage. We spent two nights in a floating cottage and two nights in the permanent structure rooms at the base of the resort. The permanent rooms are even better, as they are spacious and all are facing lake, giving decent lake view. During my past few stays I was missing good evening party games, but that vacuum has been well filled by the Fun Zone Manager Mr. Ganesh in the Ashtamudi Resort. Very innovative and new party games were enjoyed by the good gathering of guests attending party games in the resort. The check-in was very smooth. We were served good mocktail as welcome drink. The staff is very co-operative. I particularly noticed positive co-operative attitude of officiating Resort Manager Mr. Manoj Pillai, Resort Front Desk Manager Ms. Neethu, Mr. Jithil, Mr. Hareesh Kumar, Security staff Mr. Baby Thomas. The Resort has own House-boat which can accommodate good number of guests and other water games. The resort is well maintained, neat & clean, spacious, narrow & long, newly built, etc. I noticed one of the floating cottage was getting completely refurbished and I was told by the Resort Manager that one by one all the floating cottages will be refurbished. But it will take time as one floating cottage may take around two months in getting refurbished. I would like to enjoy a refurbished floating cottage. The Restaurant of the resort too is floating in Ashtamudi Lake, though it is spacious also. Enjoying good food with lake view experience has been possible for me only because I have Club Mahindra membership since 2004, without which I could not have afforded the room rents for these luxury accommodations. I availed buffet with good spread, of-course choices are more for non-vegetarian. I had a good picture with Chef Mr. Ratheesh feeding me soup, which is attached. Restaurant Manager Mr. Riyas Abdul Rasheed personally met me during breakfasts and lunch and enquired about the food, which was worth appreciating. He arranged fresh baked chapattis, cheese omlette directly from the kitchen. The resort’s swimming pool has neat & clean bluish water. The resort has put number of nets tied with coconut trees for relaxing by the guests of the resorts. I also enjoyed cycle provided by the resort for which no charges were asked. One remarkable thing in this resort is that Govt. ferry point is just adjoining the resort. Enjoying ride in the ferry is worth experiencing for non-Kerala persons, which also gives good connectivity to the resort with Kollam City. Good activity room, including a computer with internet connection is available for use by the guests of the resort without any charge. Badminton, Table tennis, carrom boards, etc. are available in open in the resort. Children play area with good variety of rides is available in the resort. Battery operated car for carrying guests and luggage within the resort is also available. There is separate block for Massage services, but I did not avail. I did not enjoy bathing with the quality of water in the washroom of the resort, which perhaps is due to heaviness in the water or its recycling. I feel Kerala to be better destination for tourists than Goa, as in Kerala you also enjoy lakes & back-waters, in addition to sea beaches. On my return to Delhi, in my dreams during sleeps, I feel my room is surrounded by water and on waking-up I take few moments in realizing that it is my home.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Mahindra Backwater Retreat Ashtamudi Hotel Kollam