We stayed at the Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom for 5 days in December 2013 and enjoyed every minute. As everyone has said, the property is so beautiful and tranquil, meaning that you can truly relax. The General Manager, Mr Jayanta Das makes the effort to know every guest by name and his attention to detail is superb. Our stay was also enhanced by Mr Prince, the Food and Beverage Manager and Chef Shahab, who gave their personal recommendations from the extensive menus. Chef's daily cookery demonstrations are well worth while and inspired us to bring some tastes of Kerala back to the UK. Don't believe any reviews that criticise the food, we have eaten all over India and not found better, even at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai!
Our only slight criticism was of the room. It was in the main building and enormous, with a small dining room and two bathrooms, but had no external windows, so we couldn't enjoy the wonderful views of the lake. It also smelled of wood preservative or mothballs, which was slightly disconcerting, but not unpleasant. For our next visit, we will select one of the lakeside villas.
The complimentary boat trip on the lake was good, but for the real Keralan backwaters experience, take the speedboat tour, which was brilliant with so much wildlife to see - kingfishers everywhere and even goats in a boat, it was so much better than the bird sanctuary and we didn't have to get up at 6.00am to see the best of it.
- 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