This Taj is everything you would expect it to be. A fabulous setting with the old plantation house and artificial lagoon dictating an open and spacious layout to the property. Peaceful and quiet, with no adjacent property; lake frontage; abundant birdlife. Combine that with large top-notch modern bungalow rooms with first-class fittings, but retaining the same tasteful heritage feel. Add attentive and professional service, fine dining, and entertainment (a sunset cruise, and varied regional dancing and music performance through the evenings). Equals Taj.
This hotel is very much an immersive experience; most guests were doing rather little, clearly spending a lot of their time soaking up the peace and charm of the grounds, and enjoying the food and facilities. There certainly wasn't very much in the immediate vicinity to distract them. It is obviously partly for this reason that the Taj is such a draw for couples and honeymooners (some in family parties). Coming from the UK, it was nice to be at a hotel which was predominantly being patronised by discerning Indians, rather than the otherwise ubiquitous Western tour groups.
- 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