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Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages
Ranked #16 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 14, 2008

We were a bit nervous about staying here, since the price is low and the reviews are a bit mixed. But a friend of a friend suggested we try it. We were not disappointed, and in fact, would return again. It's very basic accommodations, and with no swimming pool. If you require lots of amenities, this is not your place. If you are looking to tune out for a few days, and read a book in peace, or explore the area and use this as a nightly base, this is the place for you. You get served all your meals on your private porch, which overlooks the lake and sunsets. The owner stayed up until our very late arrival (I think it was around 11:00 pm), so that we could be served a hot dinner. It's a personal touch not found at 5 stars, and with this price, you'll be pleased. It's a very local place -- the bucket shower provides hot water, but not the spicket from above. But the rooms all have views of the lake, and hammocks in the yard provide a nice way to unwind. The yard is small, though comfortable. In fact, I think the reason we liked this so much is b/c of the pride that the owner takes in his place. He clearly wanted us to have a nice stay, yet understands that his is not a 5 star resort. He seems to have plans to continue to improve the small details, but is not trying to compete with 5 star hotels. He did everything he could to help us get around, too, which was a relief because we wanted to see the area (he hooked us up with boat rides, etc.). I think he's local -- he had lots of stores of the area and the people. The driver they use (I assume they use the same one), was awesome. The rooms are clean enough, though not spotless, but I didn't feel like I couldn't walk around barefoot, or not sleep in the sheets. As to the complaint about there being bugs -- listen, you're in India, and if a few ants get in the room and that bothers you, then stay in Europe or US. Actually, the owner pointed out that we should turn down the porch lights at night so as to avoid attracting bugs. One thing he didn't warn us about, which you should consider, is that you shouldn't walk away from your food when it sits on your balcony. Clever crows wait in the trees, and when I went inside for only a few minutes, one of them swooped down and took my appam!

  • Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed November 19, 2007

You can't have a better location to enjoy the Vembarnad lake at such an affordable rate. This is the only property which is bang on the lake. Perfect place to chill out on hammocks and enjoy breathtaking view of the lake through out the day. You can watch the lake from your bed and count the houseboats sailing across. My family just loved this place. This is the most economical property at Kumarakom. The food was made as per our order and we loved it. If you aren't fussy about pool,spa,gym,landscaped gardens, restaurant.....this is the place to stay. If you do not mind spending, there are better places in Kumarakom.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2007

We stayed 2 nights at this hotel in July.The cottages are all facing lake with excellent views.The cottages are not luxurious but clean and functional. The staff were excellent.On arrival the boy climbed a palm tree to give us fresh coconut.The food was excellent,freshly cooked to order. if you don't want great luxury,but a nice friendly place this is for you

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2007

The great lake scenario. A wonderful place to relax in the hammocks provided by the place. Friendly staff to take care of your needs and at the same time not intruding your privacy especially at meal times. They can arrange you backwater trips, house boats and the wonder full thing is they also mention about an inexpensive ferry ride to Muhamma which is superb and easy way go to Aleppey

All the cottages have veranda and it is lake facing too . So even if you are here during the rains you do not have to confine to your rooms. I hope it will be a great vies the rain falling in back waters.

The rooms are comfy and toilets are clean . It is not luxury . This is the only best affordable place in Kumarakom among the lake facing properties. This is not for you if you are on a tight budget. IF you prefer to be midrange and above I will certainly recommend. But if you are looking for pools and bars go to the high end places in kumarakom

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 6, 2007

We stayed at this "resort" just before Christmas. The price we paid was the equivalent of a 5 star hotel but the facilities were 1 or 2 star. Despite being called a resort, don't expect any facilities such as a pool, bar or restaurant. Breakfast wasn't even included in the price (though it was provided when we complained) and the only way to wash with hot water was using a bucket. The location beside the lake is nice but if you are going for the birdlife, a hotel nearer the bird sanctuary would be more convenient.
This place may be OK if you are paying a budget price but don't make the mistake of paying peak season surcharges. It's not worth it.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2006

ILLIKKALAM LAKE RESORT, is situated on the bank of Vembanad Lake at Kumarakom, The Resort is situated in the best location of Kumarakom to view the lake and relax.

We enjoyed a wonderful stay there and the location, food and the Hospitality of the staff was excellent.

You can enjoy the waves and the breeze of the Vembanad Lake by relaxing in front of the Cottage at the Resort


The resort offers delicious food, complete privacy except a few boats drifting by the lake.You can take a cruise through the local water ways.

It was indeed a sad Business to depart from the place and we hopes to visit there again by end of this year

  • Stayed: May 2006, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: banks of the Vembanad Lake | Kumarakom,Kerala state, Kumarakom 686563, India (Formerly Illikkalam Lake Resort)
Location: India > Kerala > Kottayam District > Kumarakom
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Kumarakom
#8 Family Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range: $24 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages Kumarakom, Kerala

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