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Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages
Ranked #15 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
Mumbai (Bombay), India
2 reviews
“Relax ,at the best natural location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed at illikkalam lake resort for three nights, there they arranged houseboat, speedboat and sunset motorboat cruising.Those water activities were of great enjoyment and experience as we never had those in the past. we also gone out to a nearby resort for ayurvedic massaging, which was very comfortable. There is a vegetable garden and lot of greeneries in the property. We had lot of entertainment and fun as they provided us the facilities for fishing and also had game at their flood lit shuttle court and table tennis.
The food was excellent as most of the dishes was from their farm, but there was a problem you have to order at least two hours before to get the food in time and also they don’t have a swimming pool, but there is a facility to swim in the lake as there is a bath ghat.
We just relaxed for around four days at the best natural location in kumarakom within our budget, as illikkalam is the only one resort with budget cottages on the lakeside at kumarakom.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

After leaving Chennai we were very happy to stay here in this naturally area. The cottage is comfotable, clean and quiet. You can watch the lake, enjoy the great meal, do a lot of relaxing things. Everything you will - you can get it! :-) The staff is very friendly, the office also.
Wir haben uns hier sehr wohl gefuehlt. Jeder Wunsch wurde uns zuverlaessig und stets zu unserer vollsten Zufriedenheit erfuellt.

Room Tip: Lake slde cottage
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Trivandrum
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Our stay at Illukulam Resort will stay in our memories forever. In our bungalow facing the lake, we watched in wonder as the sun slowly went down, the sky gradually changing from pink to blue. The staff were excellent: always friendly and obliging, they were able to give us any information we needed. This has become a 'holy place' for me and my friend.

Room Tip: any lake facing room
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Being part of the IT work culture, I was totally exhausted with my day to day work. I was really looking for an energizing break and wanted to go for a weekend out, just to be with nature and far away from the crowd and noises we have in the city. After a lot of research i decided to head to Kumarakom. Illikkalam resort was recommended by one of the colleagues and was also fitting to my budget. I contacted them via email and booked my accommodations.

Reaching to the place was quite easy, the staffs were kind enough to upgrade my room from standard to deluxe based on availability with no additional charges. This was a great welcome gift for me. The view from all lakeside rooms in this resort are equally just awesome. The place is far from noises & pollution. You can hear the birds singing, water waving through the day and night. My favorite part was to do nothing and just be in the hammock all day, under the tree shades, looking at the limitless lake, viewing the house boats, speed boats of different varieties crossing through the river all day along. Nevertheless the sunset view was one of best I have ever seen. During evening time, we have enough lighting in the lawn to seat out and enjoy the dark view with moon and stars. This brought an amazing happiness and peace to my mind which i was looking for. Staffs are very well behaved and helpful. Food at the resort is definitely not bad specially i liked the authentic kerala meals and fish fry. Walking through the Farms and the road of Kumarakom was another wonderful experience.

Owner himself was very encouraging to ensure you have a great stay and enjoy each moment of your stay. They arranged a speed boat during very early in the morning as requested by me and ensured i was on boarded on time.

Over all it was a very pleasant stay & completely refreshing which I will always remember. I look forward to make another visit to the place again next year.

To the staffs of Illikkalam Lake Resort - keep up the good work.

Thx & Regards,
Agamani

Room Tip: i feel all rooms are good which are lake facing. Go for a lake facing room, both standard and deluxe...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

No Doubt this has been best vacation of my life, Thanks to Illikkalam. Location of property is excellent, wonderful view of Lake Vembanand, Staff is very polite and humble, they treat you, as if you are at home. Food is excellent traditional home made, and it is not expensive as compare to , other resorts. Rooms are facing the lake, very clean. I stayed with my family for 6 nights. and no doubts i will visit this place again. Thanks to Make my trip for giving me such a good option.

Room Tip: All the rooms are facing Lake, so you can select anyone.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

We booked one of the lakeside and lake facing cottages of illikkalam as all other lakeside cottages at kumarakom was very expensive and we did not want much luxury. But we were little concerned at the time of advance booking as there were few negative reviews.
We stayed there for 3 nights and now we are completely relaxed, as we had a much better holidaying over there than we had in the past. We saved our money at the same time we could experience the greatness of the lakeside cottages at Kumarakom. when you stay on the lakeside then only you will feel the difference of kumarakom and other places.
Illikkalam lakeside cottages are just on the lake and the beauty of the lake is superb. Their cook sarala, gave us fresh local dishes, those you will not get in 5 Star Hotels. Mr Salim who owns the property was very helpful to provide us the information of local activities at kumarakom. Overall we enjoyed thoroughly our 3 days at kumarakom. We are very sure that if anybody want to enjoy kumarakom stay at any one of the lakeside cottages at kumarakom, but if you want to save your pocket, you stay at illikkalam.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

We booked this resort for stay and House Boat Cruise. We informed them several times that we will reach there early morning. But when we reached there around 05:30 AM no one is around to open the gate. We waited there knocking the gate for 15 to 20 minutes in rain.
We booked for 10 people. But only 8 people went there. They said they will not give any refund. For breakfast we had 2 idly and Dosa. Food is more expensive than 5 start hotel. Then they asked us to go for Boating which is 2 km from resort. We thought they will arrange transport since we booked there House Boat. But they gave only the boat name and asked us to arrange our own transport. When we reached the boat jetty and enquired about the boat name they said that boat is not for us. Again we called the resort and fight with them. Then they arranged another boat which doesn't looks like a house boat. They said for day cruise they will give only small boats though we paid for Normal house Boat. We enjoyed the Boat journey.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages
Address: banks of the Vembanad Lake | Kumarakom,Kerala state, Kumarakom 686563, India (Formerly Illikkalam Lake Resort)
Location: India > Kerala > 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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