Kumarakom Lake Resort: A Charming Backwater Haven | Kerala, India



Fresh from spending a night in a fancy houseboat which cruised the famed backwaters of Kerala, our #KeralaBlogExpress2 crew headed to our next destination: the City of Kottayam. Set against the backdrop of Vembanad Lake—the largest lake in Kerala—the Western Ghats on the east and the lush rice fields of Kuttanad on the West, Kumarakom is also where one can find the charming backwater village of Kumarakom.

The Meandering Pool Villas of Kumarakom Lake Resort
Our accommodation for the next couple of nights, the Kumarakom Lake Resort situates on an expansive lakeside property dotted with villas and suites modelled after the 16th century traditional houses of Kerala. Many of the building materials used such as pieces of wood, planks and tiles were transported from the original locations of heritage houses all over Kerala.

Heritage Villa

Each one of us were billeted to a Heritage Villa that comes with a Private pool and a courtyard. Mine was absolutely fantastic situated across the direction of the picturesque Vembanad Lake.

My room for a couple of nights, the Heritage Villa with Private Pool
The interior are composed of mostly teak wood materials, antique furniture, brown-squared tiles and a queen-sized bed featuring an artwork depicting Keralan folklore on its headboard.


A sliding door leads to the outdoor shower and private swimming pool while a small porch on the front leads to the resort’s spacious manicured lawn and garden. After putting my backpack inside the cabinet, I took advantage of our few hours of free time by immediately jumping into my villa’s swimming pool.

The Private Pool of my Villa
Ottamthullal Kerala Performance Art

During our first night we were entertained with a live Ottamthullal cultural art performance at the resort’s main dining area. An 18th-century dance introduced by renowned poet in Kerala Kunchan Nambiar, an Ottamthullal is a solo cultural performance by a dancer also called the Ottamthullal who normally wears a green makeup and a colorful costume and ornaments. 


They add a level of flair to their dance by displaying expressive facial expressions. Afterward, I was able to ask the performer for a selfie. 

with our Ottamthullal face on
Food and Dining

Kumarakom Lake Resort’s main dining place is the Ettukettu, a multi-cuisine restaurant that can sit 115 diners and is located at the middle of the resort’s lush garden surrounded by two courtyards. Ettukettu was designed to evoke Kerala’s olden and regal architecture. 


According to the history plaque at the restaurant, Ettukettu was “commissioned by the King Marthanda Varma as a gift to his favoured martial arts tutor, Edamana Kellamthat Gurukkal, the mansion was built with all the magnificence of the homes of the nobility of those days. The Ettukettu had been dismantled from its original location and relocated in all its glory at Kumarakom Lake Resort, and is today dedicated to the culinary arts as it once was to martial arts”. During our stay here, we enjoyed a full-board meal consisting of traditional Kerala culinary delicacies as well as North Indian and Chinese cuisine.

Other Activities and Amenities


 Other activities you can have at Kumarakom Lake Resort includes: Backwater Cruise, Sunset Cruise, Water Sports, speedboat and banana boat rides. Other facilities are fitness gym, conference hall, infinity swimming pool and a therapeutic Ayurveda Spa.