I booked Taj Kumarakon based on the wonderful reviews on Tripadvisor and I'm glad I did. I would not like to repeat all the stuff that everyone else has mentioned in their reviews.
1. Though the lagoon facing rooms are very good with lovely view of birds and lagoon, you may try the luxury villas if you are looking for more privacy for a little extra. The villas face a pond in the backyard and is a great sight with small tortoise in the pond, lots of pigeons and other birds...(pictures attached)
2. Don't miss the country boat experience ( ideally in the morning or evening ) where a local takes you on a rowing boat through the villages. You get to see local life and also stops for a local drink ( toddy ) if you wish to try. It cost just Rs 350 per hour and is arranged at front desk.
4. Skip the early morning bird sanctuary walk ( unless it is the migratory season for birds ). It was disappointing as we spotted only 3 birds during our walk. There are hundreds of birds in the property itself (even the birds prefer 5* to a sanctuary)
5. With all the birds around, it is a very difficult property to maintain, but Taj has done a very good job.
I agree with most reviewers, there is no hospitality like Taj and this one probably surpasses the others as well. Nitya and Mitto from front desk made our stay memorable and had some surprises planned for our special day. Bibin and Suresh from the restaurant made every meal a pleasure with individual attention. Ravindran and team has activities to engage and entertain the kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kumarakom is a popular tourist destination in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kerala, is a 30-minute drive from the Kottayam railway station or an hour's drive from Cochin city. Kerala's backwaters surround the 140-year old colonial bungalow which houses this resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom Hotel Kumarakom
- Taj Garden Retreat Hotel Kumarakom
- Kumarakom Taj Garden Retreat
- Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom Kerala