This well-known 25 acres of lakeside opulence is a Keralan fantasy of architecture, food and general lavishness. As a legacy resort, Kumarakom has a long history of entertaining Bollywood stars and foreign dignitaries. Standing on the shores of India’s longest lake, it offers a waterside sanctuary and is a popular way to spend a few nights pre or post backwater cruising.
A series of lawns, canals and tropical foliage add to the ambience. Set around the grounds are a series of villas and suites in the local Keralan style, some even re-built with reclaimed materials from local period properties. The party piece is the long meandering swimming pool, which is like a small lake, with 2-storey villas set all around. Dining is an event, with a large, central restaurant serving up Keralan specialties, as well as a smaller seafood bar at the lakefront.
On the shores of Lake Vembanad, 2 hours from Kochi and 70km from Cochin Airport, this resort offers a high-end experience of the beautiful Keralan lakeside.
Stay-aboard houseboats available
Famous meandering pool
Ayurvedic treatment centre
Complimentary sunset cruises
Kumarakom was lovely and very grand. It had all the ingredients we were after at this stage of the trip.
Discover what to expect from staying at Kumarakom Lake Resort
After a long journey, it’s a reward to arrive at a truly deluxe property and Kumarakom is very much in this category. Kumarakom has settled into its role as a top resort, having been around for some years, winning awards and welcoming discerning guests. A luxurious offering that dazzles and impresses in its well-practised way
It can get oppressively hot here, so get in that expansive pool whenever you can. Just a few steps from the nearest villas, and with an infinity edge that blends into the waters beyond, this pool is a prime place to enjoy a little down time.
There are lots of boating activities available on the lake, as well as cycling around the area, and the chance to have a go at some local arts.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.