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Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort
Ranked #9 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The cottages are well appointed and very comfortable. Location and setting is ideal to make it a best vacation resort. There are many birds all around with pleasant bird chirping all through the day. However, itseems to be neglected or given lesser preference by KTDC.
For example, restaurant requires a clear uplift in lunch quality. Lunch menu is bad and food was the worst we had in our 8 day trip. Veg. corn soup was nothing but water with poor quality ingredients. Other dishes were equally bad.
We went for dinner very reluctantly but were in for a very pleasant surprise. We could not believe that the quality can be so different between lunch and dinner. Dinner buffet was elaborate with a good mix of north Indian and Kerala preparations. Next day breakfast buffet was also pretty good. Lunch menu and quality requires attention and upgrade.
There are other minor glitches like the AC setting. It was for some reason set for 19C. When we entered the cottage we found water dripping from AC vent onto the wooden floor. When I changed the setting to 24C, the dripping stopped.
Manager seems very sincere and helpful. He saw us in the afternoon booking a speedboat trip. Evening when he saw us, he introduced himself and chatted with us. Hope he would be able to take care of the minor glitches to make Water Scapes stay a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Staying on the waters can be generally on a boat; but when you stay in luxurious rooms with water beneath you as well as boating facility in the backwaters, life cant get better!Kerala massage is authentic and rejuvenating , breakfast is reinvigorating and wholesome and service is on the dot!
Nothing much to complain; this place is value for all its money and maybe more!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

This was the first time I booked a government property during my trip with lots of hesitations. But to my surprise, the experience was good. We visited this resort on 8th Nov'13.
The resort location is very good with a real scenic beauty of backwaters. The resort has also developed internal canals and most of the resorts are over the canal. It means there will be a canal just beneath your room. The water in canal is replaced on daily basis so if you are worrying about the stagnated water, it will not be there. The food was good with lesser amount of oil.
The rooms were good, spacious.
The only discomfort I had during the stays is the massage. I had a massage there but to my surprise, I got jammed shoulder and neck for 2 days after the massage.
Everything else was good.

Room Tip: Choose the canal view rooms just over the canal and not beside the canal.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

we booked this property after a lot of research on the various properties available at kumarakom.Initially we were a bit hesitant as it was a government property so weren't sure about the condition of the rooms and their service but after going through a lot of reviews and the worth for money we decided to take a chance.I should say we were not disappointed,the property was much more beautiful and well maintained than we expected,the canal view room which we had opted for was spacious,bed and linen were clean,bathroom was pretty good,food was good and the staff were courteous,Being located in a bird sanctuary we did spot a few birds in the property,the view of the vast vembanad lake,the sights of houseboats cruising over the waters,the boat ride in the rain was all too magical.
Only drawback i felt was that they could have maintained the activity room well with some good play equipments and could have arranged a bonfire with light music or some native folkarts which could have made the stay even entertaining.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

This the one of the best resort of KTDC. The Staff is very cooperative. I forgot my shirt during my stay. they courier the shirt to me.
Resort location is very good. One can directly check in by house boat in the resot.

Room Tip: There are three type of cottages. canel view, lake view , superior lake view
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

By visiting two govt. owned property in kerala, I changed my opinion about an indian govt. owned
property in kerala. It is as good as a private property. The food is good but limited so I have to think it is something to do with govt organization. Food are mainly kerala food but as I have no complain as the saying goes while in Rome do as Romans do. Cottages are well maintained and clean. Tea makers was in the room that was good as I am tea addict.It is beautiful to watch in the morning

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Waterscapes is an excellent resort with good scenic beauty. Accommodation is in cottages with canal view or lake view.The restaurant over the lake is a good place to have food and relax. The service is ok. The location is adjacent to bird sanctuary and is cool because of lots of tress and here one gets to experience the charm of Kerala backwaters.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort

Address: Kumarakom North P O, Kumarakom, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Kottayam District > Kumarakom
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range: $65 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterscapes - this exotic backwater resort, on the shores of Vembanad Lake is located inside the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which draws migratory birds from as far away as Siberia. The only resort in the destination located inside the bird sanctuary and is noted for its independent huts that stand on stilts and is a place teeming with mangrove vegetation. It offers its guests uninterrupted access to the backwater life of Kumarakom. It is also an interesting location for eco tourists who are interested in mangrove ecosystem, birds related ecosystem. The property is part of the original Kavanattinkara estate once owned by Alfred George Baker. It is also widely popular among the "honeymooners". ... more   less 
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